When Jackie Buntan steps into the ONE Championship circle she looks the part. The Filipino/American fighter and model puts a lot of thought into the outfits she wears.
At ONE on TNT Part IV she stole the show with a stunning sports bra and Muay Thai shorts. The 24 year old revealed earlier that the ensemble was inspired by a pair of shoes,
“I saw these Nike Air Force Ones online and there’s so many cool colours on a bunch of different sneakers coming out, especially with Nike, so I take a lot of inspiration from that and my sponsor, Infightstyle, just works his magic and gets it done.”
Buntan always trains with current ONE Championship atomweight kickboxing champion Janet Todd. But this training camp she was joined by K-1 flyweight champion Kana Morimoto,
“It’s the true definition of iron sharpens iron. She messaged Janet that she was coming to LA so it was the perfect time to have her around for my training camp. I was really grateful for her time,” she explained.
She faces Daniela López at ONE: ‘Empower’ on Friday and admits she doesn’t know too much about the Argentinian,
“She’s a come forward clinch type of fighter that’s pretty much all I know.”
It is ONE Championship’s first ever all female card and Buntan is proud to be a part of it,
“It’s pretty unreal to be on the first female card.”
She is also proud of her Filipino heritage and hopes to be an inspiration to young girls in the Philippines,
“To the women in little girls in the Philippines, women are capable of anything they put their mind to,” she stated.
Buntan sees this as an opportunity to establish herself as the top contender in the strawweight division,
“When I win this fight it will solidify that I’m a top contender and worthy of a title shot,” she said.
Buntan also revealed that she will be showcasing a new outfit on Friday,
“It’s another inspiration from Nikes,” she said.
When asked whether she would like to sign a sponsorship deal with Nike the 24 year old laughed. But the answer was an emphatic ‘yes’,
“Definitely, they can cut the cheque!”