Enfusion Reality debuts all-females edition in latest season

Professional fighter Soraya Haurissa shares with Imagine TV Network about the key to her success and why it is inconsequential to focus on the gender of her coaches.

Words by Imagine TV Network

For the first time since Enfusion Reality began broadcasting in 2010, the fifth season of the reality show will focus on female fighters, titled Enfusion Reality: Ladies Edition. The new format will see 18 professional female fighters placed into four teams and fight for the number one spot in the 54kg division. Each team will take on weekly challenges and in this fifth season, the teams will be coached by a male heavyweight fighter.

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Soraya Haurissa, who is of Moroccan-Indonesian heritage and represents Indonesia, has participated in 22 fights and clocked 15 wins. One of her fights will be against 29-year-old Ashley Nichols, who was clinched the 2013 WPMF Professional Muaythai World Champion.

Asked what was different about Enfusion Reality: Ladies Edition, Haurissa says it was the first time a global brand with international success had a special edition for female fighters. "They found top-level fighters for this show. The competition was really tough."

She praised the show for being well-organized and says conditions during the show was "perfect" in Koh Samui. She also shares that she later had the opportunity to fight some of her opponents during the Enfusion Live World Championship of Kickboxing.

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Responding to queries about having a male coach, she is quick to stress, "There is no main difference whether it is a male or female coach." The top international-level coaches, she says, were able to bring the fighters to a better level and what matters is their qualifications, not their gender.

Her daily training focuses on conditioning, sparring and technical training but the toughest part is undoubtedly sparring, she reveals."This is because I only train with guys and most of them are a lot heavier and stronger than I am."

She does not embark on a specific diet before each fight season and maintains that there is no secret for winning -- it is all about training hard and believing in oneself.

Though she trains hard every day, she says she would not be able to go through it without her trainers and the support she gets from her family.

Enfusion Reality: Ladies Edition broadcasts first and exclusively on KIX (StarHub Cable TV Channel 518) and KIX HD (SingTel mioTV Channel 309) on Mondays at 9pm.



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