This pint-sized warrior Rika Ishige was given the nickname “The Smiling Assassin” by her adoring fans due to the positive outlook and vibrancy beaming from this 28 year old fighter.
The 28-year-old has had a meteoric rise to stardom in the MMA world, this summer securing her second consecutive finish against Indonesian Nita Dea with an unstoppable rear-naked choke.
But the fearsome martial arts star stunned fans with a recent training clip posted to her Instagram page, with many in disbelief someone so “cute” could be such a savage fighter.
“You are adorable – never underestimate a baby-faced assassin,” one viewer said.
This half-Thai, half-Japanese fighter has actually been classified fifty percent of MMA’s very first “power pair” thanks to her relationship with Shannon Wiratchai. Both, stated to have been dating for virtually 3 years, often train for their MMA fights together. Both competitors completed on the primary card of One: Warrior Kingdom in Thailand back in March on the exact same night.