The Malaysian national heroes set to compete at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY are united in their determination to put on a show and make their home fans proud.
Ahead of ONE Championship’s return to Kuala Lumpur’s Axiata Arena, the local athletes gathered in the nation’s capital at an exclusive media event to preview their matches.
Ev “E.T.” Ting, Saiful “The Vampire” Merican, Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud, and Jihin “Shadowcat” Radzuan were all in high spirits, and predicted the support from their home fans would bring out the best in them on Friday, 12 July.
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The former ONE Lightweight World Title challenger cannot wait to perform in front of his compatriots again.
“Throughout my career, the support Malaysian fans have given me has been invaluable. I am so proud to represent our beautiful country on the biggest global stage of martial arts competition,” he said.
“Malaysia has some of the best martial arts talent in the world, and I take great pride in being counted among them. Each time I step into the ONE Circle, I bring that same pride with me onto the battlefield.
“I will always do my best to bring glory and honor to Malaysia, to New Zealand, and to the sport of martial arts. I will do my best to champion martial arts and its values on every battlefield.”
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The main card will also see the return of Jihin against Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres in an intriguing women’s atomweight match-up.
Jihin had her first match on foreign soil the last time she competed, so she is fired up to hear the roar from the fans in the Axiata Arena again, and inspire her fans with another signature victory.
“It’s one thing to represent women’s mixed martial arts in Asia, but to do the same for Malaysia, it’s a huge responsibility,” the 20-year-old form Johor Bahru said.
“All throughout the country, there are young girls who have big dreams – whether that’s in martial arts or in another field altogether. My goal is to inspire all the fans to chase their dreams because nothing is impossible when you pour your heart and soul into it.
“I’m looking forward to my match with the Philippines’ Jomary Torres, and I will do my best to emerge victorious.”
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One of the highlights of the prelims will be an all-Malaysian battle, as “The Vampire” and “Jordan Boy” meet in a battle of Malaysian fan-favorites.
Merican will return after almost two years away from the Circle due to a battle with injury, but he promised that he is back to full fitness, and ready to put on one of the bouts of the night.
“I was born and raised as a true Malaysian. Malaysia is my home, and I will do my best to represent my country to the best of my abilities,” Merican said.
“I may be taking on a fellow Malaysian in my next fight, but we are going to put on an absolute show for all the fans out there.
“I think by the end of the night, people are going to know what true Malaysian warriors are all about.”
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Mohammed shared his rival’s enthusiasm and agreed that though one Malaysian will have to lose, the fans in the building on 12 July will not leave disappointed.
“When I go out there and perform, I go all out. I give it my everything because the Malaysian fans deserve it. I wouldn’t be here without the fans, and I owe a lot to them,” he added.
“My next fight is going to be an all-Malaysian spectacle, and fans will surely not want to miss it.”