National muay thai team member Islay Erika Bomogao expressed desire to shift to mixed martial arts as soon as possible.
Speaking to the FWSZ podcast aired Wednesday, February 3, Bomogao said the final decision would still depend on Team Lakay patriarch Mark Sangiao, who happens to be part of the coaching staff in another combat sports association, the Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas
“As much as possible, I want to do both but I also want to transition to MMA now while I’m still young and have the time in the world,” said the 20-year-old Igorot warrior, who holds a perfect 2-0 professional MMA record.
“It’s not up to me, it’s up to coach if I’m ready, [and] if there are already promotions that I can join. My weight class is also kind of rare for [the] international [stage].”
Bomogao, who has a current walking-weight of 48 kg, fights at 45kg-48kg in professional MMA and 45kg in the amateur senior’s division of muay thai.
In Singapore-based promotion ONE Championship for instance, wherein Team Lakay etched its name as champions, the women’s atomweight is played from 47.7 kg to 52.2 kg.
In a previous interview with the Manila Bulletin, Sangiao lauded Bomogao for her potential and grit during training but stressed that the muay thai fighter specialist has to gain weight first.
“‘Yung advice ko sa kanya — kasi masiyado siyang magaan — hard training tapos saka niya tignan,” said Sangiao. “Masipag siya, disiplinado sa training. Magaling siya and technically wise. Isa siyang prospect natin pero masyado pang magaan so hopefully pagdating ng araw, maayos din ‘yung weight niya.”
One of her goals is to continue representing the Philippines in muay thai while pursuing a career in MMA.
Bomogao is also open to teaching the younger generation of athletes soon since she’s already in second-year college taking Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in University of Baguio.
But right now, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist literally needs to eat a lot.
“[I need to] eat a lot, at the same time train a lot. Eat many, then train a lot of times so you can burn many fats, at the same time build muscles,” said the Team Lakay youngster.