Any time you become the first of anything there are going to be expectations and pressure. And for the first Malaysian female One FC MMA fighter, Ann “Athena” Osman, this holds true.
“I can definitely feel the pressure as I will be representing Malaysia in what’s to be the largest MMA fight promotion,” she said. “However, I am also proud and excited to be the first Malaysian pro MMA female fighter fighting in One FC.”
Having always loved pushing the envelope, Osman naturally gravitated towards MMA and with women’s MMA at a high, now was the time for her to make her pro debut.
“I’ve always been an adrenaline junkie, doing a lot of extreme sports such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and MMA was even more extreme than that,” said Osman. “I decided to give it a try when I saw my coach, AJ Pyro, teaching MMA in the gym and I’ve been training almost daily ever since.
“Having to be offered a fight from One FC was a chance of a lifetime. One FC is where MMA fighters train hard to get into, I couldn’t possibly pass on it; hence, I just grabbed the opportunity.”
Having patterned herself after one-time top women’s fighter Gina Carano, Osman feels she can bring that same intense, straightforward fighting style when she steps up on Oct. 18 in Kallang, Singapore, against fellow debuting fighter Sherilyn Lim.
“Currently, I’m very focused on the fight and my eyes are very much set for the win,” Osman told MMAWeekly.com. “I will be really going for it; fighting strong and never backing down.”
Even though she is just starting her career, Osman intends to tackle MMA with the same zeal she has other things in her life and looks forward to not only having a great career for herself, but also inspiring others to get into the sport as well.
“I do have hopes for more opportunities to fight afterwards of course,” said Osman. “It’s always forward and upward for me, so I will continue to fight for as long as I can.
“I would like to thank (the fans) for their love and support and please continue to cheer me on for me on Oct. 18. The support, positive energy and messages are what keep me strong! Please continue to support the sport of MMA, I hope to inspire many more aspiring female fighters to achieve their dreams and fight professionally.”