Sumiko Inaba has one main motivation for her skilled blended martial arts profession: Her 12-year-old daughter Kiyarah-Lei Inaba.
Sumiko Inaba, a 30-year-old King Kekaulike Excessive Faculty graduate, will face Randi Subject in a preliminary bout at Bellator 268 on Saturday night time in Phoenix.
Kiyarah-Lei might be on her thoughts.
“She’s my important motivation — it’s loopy as a result of I wish to set a great instance for her,” Sumiko Inaba mentioned Tuesday from her lodge room, the place she was quarantining whereas awaiting outcomes of her COVID-19 check. “And with sports activities and with martial arts, I’m in a position to do this, to indicate her what arduous work can accomplish. That’s what I really like and that’s the place I get my motivation from.
“She’s at an attention-grabbing age proper now, so I’m making an attempt to steer by instance. I need her to decide on a sport, discover one thing that she loves and possibly it’s not martial arts, however by means of martial arts I’m in a position to present that she will discover one thing that she does love and have ardour for like I do. She’s 1,000 p.c my motivation.”
Inaba and Subject each enter their ladies’s flyweight battle undefeated.
“I do know she’s 2-0, similar to me, in order that’s nice having an opponent who’s just about the identical degree as me,” Inaba mentioned. “She is from Canada, fights out of Michigan. Her final battle was in 2019, so she hasn’t fought for a bit of bit.
“Each of her fights, I used to be in a position to watch each of her fights, her professional fights and a few her novice fights. She’s actually good. She has good method and I’m actually excited for the problem.”
Like Inaba, Subject seems in a position to adapt her type of assault to no matter is required within the cage.
“She looks as if she’s able to go wherever she needs to,” Inaba mentioned. “She doesn’t appear to have any weak spot and could be very, very tenacious, form of goes the place the battle goes. So, it’ll be thrilling. I’m excited to see the place she needs to take it. I truthfully do not know, however I’m prepared for no matter she brings and no excuses. I’m prepared.”
In her final battle, Inaba beat Kristina Katsikis on Could 21 of their flyweight bout at Bellator 259 in Uncasville, Conn.
Saturday’s preliminary card might be streamed beginning at 1 p.m. Hawaii time on the Bellator MMA and Showtime Sports activities channels on YouTube. The principle card begins at 4 p.m. on Showtime.
The quick begin to Inaba’s profession has lately landed her an endorsement take care of Waiakea Water Firm.
“As a younger mother and Hawaiian native, it’s with nice honor and satisfaction that Waiakea stands by Sumiko as she retains rising inside her MMA profession and positions Hawaii inside Bellator’s line up,” the corporate mentioned in an e mail.
“They wish to assist me and truthfully I acquired so fortunate, that’s all I can say with that,” Inaba mentioned. “Simply an superior firm that desires to assist me. That was it, we simply related and so they’ve supported me 1,000 p.c. They’ve been superior.”
Inaba mentioned being supported by an area firm that cares is a giant plus.
“Oh sure, and particularly an organization that’s very revered,” Inaba mentioned. “I really like what they do and the way they offer again. They’ve an amazing program, they offer again a lot water to folks that don’t have water. Their firm as a complete is so wonderful and the mission that they’ve behind it’s wonderful.”
* Robert Collias is at [email protected]
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