Three opponents on Itsuki Hirata's radar

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Undefeated Japanese MMA star Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata is setting her sights on three opponents when she returns to action.

The ONE Championship athlete is currently at home, like many other athletes, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While in lockdown, she has been working with her brother to make sure she is ready to take on a few potential opponents when ONE Championship resumes its 2020 calendar of events.

For the first time since he left for junior high school, Naoki Hirata is back home with his family full-time, reports ONE Championship.

He graduated from Kokushikan University, where he was a keen judoka, and now, he is at the family’s residence and helping his sister progress.

“I am training with my older brother. I’m running, hitting mitts, doing core training, and so on,” says Itsuki Hirata.

“We have never trained together this much before. My brother was staying in dormitories and he didn’t live with us. He has just graduated from university, and now he is back at our home.

“Although I avoid going out, I actually feel like I am focusing on training more than before!”