We are expecting ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS to be the MMA event of the first quarter with their line ups. We speak to OneFC Female star Sherilyn Lim to find out more about her upcoming match with Ann Osman.
M: Your last fight against Ann Osman was barely 3months ago (Oct 2013), did you have time to take a break before plunging into the next training camp?
SL: Yes I did have a short break before returning to training. It gave me time to rejuvenate my body and my mind and I’m ready to get back into training again!
M: The last fight we saw, Ann Osman took you down a few time and she looks like she has worked a lot on her grappling, while you were looking more to stand up and strike. That resulted in a “somewhat controversial” split decision win for you, despite you landing more hits on her, but she was “controlling: the fight while holding on to you. Now that you know her fight style, how has your training changed since your previous fight with Ann Osman last October?
SL: It has definitely been more intense! ‘m increasing the intensity and also training smarter. I can’t give away my gam plan so you will have to watch the rematch to find out. (Hint: dragons may or may not have been involved)
M: This time, the fight is taking place in Malaysia, Stadium Negara. Any “chills” now that you are fighting away from home?
SL: Not really, for me it’s just a venue. I think it’s fair that this time she gets to fight on home ground. I don’t think it will affect my performance either way.
M: With the rising popularity of WMMA in Singapore and more female fighters such as Nicole Chua, May Ooi, and yourself competing in the bigger circuits, how do you see the sport growing locally, and yourself representing it?
SL: It’s hard to say with regards to only WMMA honestly. There are probably many females doing MMA, just not competitively. Hopefully more females will start competing!
The Metropolitant Team wishes the best for Sherilyn in her upcoming fight!
“ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS is one of the most exciting events in the history of the organization. The inaugural ONE FC Welterweight World Champion will be crowned and we have also added two exciting bouts that are sure to excite the Malaysian fans in attendance and the fans watching all across the world. Peter Davis and Saiful Merican are two of the best mixed martial artists to emerge from Malaysia. Prepare for a night of electrifying mixed martial arts action as ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS goes live on 14 March!”
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT BETWEEN WES JAYA AND PETER DAVIS ADDED TO MAIN CARD
Peter Davis is a Wuji Chuan exponent and the face of mixed martial arts in Malaysia. Along with being the top Lightweight in Malaysia, he is also a prominent celebrity with a long list of modeling and acting roles to his name. Davis consistently finishes his opponents in impressive fashion and he will be looking to use his lanky frame and significant reach advantage to propel him to victory against Wes Jaya.
Wes Jaya is a longtime Muay Thai practitioner with more than 70 fights and multiple championships. The Canadian-Malaysian has since made a successful transition to mixed martial arts, having picked up two wins so far. He will be taking a step up in competition as he faces the more experienced Peter Davis. With both fighters coming from striking backgrounds, this bout looks set to be an exciting pugilistic battle contested on the feet.
MALAYSIAN MUAY THAI CHAMPION SAIFUL MERICAN TO FACE CAMBODIA’S KHMER BOXING CHAMPION KHIM DIMA
Saiful Merican is one of the top Muay Thai practitioners in Malaysia. He has more than 100 professional Muay Thai fights and possesses ferocious kicks that have knocked out many opponents. Nicknamed “The Vampire” by fans for his fast and deadly style, he looks to notch up another victory when he takes on Cambodia’s Khim Dima. In Saiful’s last bout, he utilized fluid striking to defeat Dima’s teammate Tok Sophon.
Khim Dima is the son of a legendary Cambodian fighter and has been training and competing since the age of 8. He is a veteran of over 250 Kun Khmer fight and is a champion at the Channel 3 Stadium in Cambodia. Fighting out of the Afighter camp in Phnom Penh, he trains in MMA every day and has also been working with the Cambodian wrestling team to improve his grappling. He is a highly intelligent individual who uses his fight purses to pay his way through law school and is likely to apply a thoughtful, tactically astute approach to his MMA fights.
Priority sales of tickets for ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS, presented by Tune Talk, is currently available. Fans can enjoy 20% off tickets during priority sales which ends on 31 Jan. Pre-sale packages such as the “Peter Davis Fan Package”, which includes a limited edition t-shirt for only MYR78, are also available now. Log on to www.AirAsiaRedTix.com for further details. Tickets are priced at RM348 for the complete VIP experience that includes exclusive red carpet entrance, access to the VIP lounge and premium cage-side seating. The categories that follow are priced at RM248, RM148, RM98 and RM48 respectively. Booking fees and service charges apply.