Zamboanga: I clearly won the fight unanimously

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4) – Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Denice Zamboanga believes she won her ONE Women's Atomweight Grand Prix quarterfinal fight against South Korea's Seo Hee Ham on Friday.

"I don't know what to say. I'm so speechless right now. For me, I clearly won the fight unanimously," Zamboanga declared in the post-fight press conference. "I'm quite disappointed with the judges."

Zamboanga suffered a controversial split decision loss against Ham, which netizens questioned owing to the 24-year-old Filipina fighter's more superior grappling skills than her South Korean foe's passive striking game.

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The Filipina fighter out of Marrok Force camp also sustained a cut in the left side of her forehead after a head collision with Ham in the third round.

When asked for a potential rematch with Ham, Zamboanga willingly agreed.

"Absolutely yes," she said.

"For me, I did my best in everything. I reviewed my fight, she didn't do anything. I had the control. I even take her striking, you know. I still can't believe (the judges' decision)," a teary-eyed Zamboanga said.

Despite the result, Zamboanga emphasized she maintains a high level of respect for Ham.

"I still respect her. It's not her fault, but the judges," said Zamboanga.

On the other hand, Ham said she never thought she was losing from the start of the fight.

"I believe I was clearly winning. I believe the people should look at ONE Championship rules and try to watch the fight again," said Ham.

The South Korean fighter added she still holds high regard for her Filipina foe, the top atomweight title contender.

"Even before and after the fight, I always respected her. She's a great athlete. The respect is always the same," Ham said.

The winner of the ONE Women's Atomweight Grand Prix will face defending champion Angela Lee for the title.