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ONE signs 19-year old Malaysian Prodigy Hayatun Najihin

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“Can you imagine this cute face fighting in One Championship? People will say that this girl is going to get beat up!” Jihin responded after being asked what she felt after signing for the Asian MMA Promotion. 18-year old Malaysian, Hayatun Najihin Radzuan(Jihin), armed with just a little under three years of training, multiple wins in boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, grappling and significantly an impressive pro debut 1st round TKO win on Ultimate Beatdown 23 over an opponent 10lbs heavier than her, has earned the bubbly girl a contract with One Championship.

Jihin fighting Muay Thai. Credit: Albert Lim

Impossible to find opponents

She first stepped foot at the Ultimate MMA Academy in Johor Bahru in October 2014 and with every win, Jihin’s reputation grew to the point that it was impossible to find an opponent in any amateur competition that would be willing to fight her.

“I’m the youngest Malaysian in the One Championship roster now. I compete in everything. Never pulled out even if I get the hardest opponent” – Jihin

Just recently, her opponent pulled out in the last minute of an amateur MMA tournament. Too many cancellations and rejections have forced her coach and manager, Melvin Yeoh to kick start her professional MMA career as it would raise her chances of getting a fight.

Being a girl is an advantage in MMA

Jihin got to know about MMA after watching a Korean drama and coincidentally, one of the actresses(Song Ga Yeon) is also an MMA fighter. And after a few training sessions, Jihin became convinced that she would one day become a professional fighter.

“At first, I didn’t know who the hell is Melvin Yeoh. Then I googled him. I watched his fights and read articles about him…. Then I told myself maybe I’ll be like this soon. Even better than this because I’m a girl.” Jihin explained.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because girls will get all the attention in a male dominated sport!” She replied confidently.

Being Independent

Jihin represented her school in Netball and Hockey. She was also part of a traditional Malay dance group called the Zapin but mixing with bad company in her junior year in high school has made her an outcast. Her teammates would shun her and her coaches wouldn’t favour her.

“I will always get sad at the netball courts. The coach only lets me play half a game. I should be one of the main players… Even though I already stopped hanging around with bad company, they will still affiliate me with the troublemakers. I always feel abandoned. From then on, everything I do is all on my own,” Jihin sighed.

Jihin in the centre with her sisters and cousins

Sacrifices

Raised by a single mother and the youngest of 4 sisters and 2 brothers, Jihin had to make sacrifices to survive. Facing a financial predicament, she had to crush her college ambitions after high school and work full time as a vet nurse. If Jihin is not at the clinic, she will be training at the gym.

“I rarely talk to them(Her mother and eldest sister). I mean not that we have a bad relationship but by the time I reached home they would have already slept. Sometimes they would complain to me, ask me to take a day off but even during off days, I’ll be at the gym.” said Jihin.

Endurance

Jihin might spend much of her time training in the Ultimate MMA Academy, but she doesn’t exactly like every aspect of her training. Comparing her previous experiences in Netball and Hockey, she stated that all sports are the same. To be the best you got to have patience and she confessed that she does not have much of that virtue.

“When coach(Melvin), ask me to do something I hate, I will just keep my mouth shut and follow his instructions. But I will give him my angry face!” Jihin snapped.

And one of the things in training she hates is when she is being ordered to spar with newbies. She complained that they will go very hard on her and this will boil the hot-tempered fighter.

“They(newbies) go so hard on her that she has to drop them. Most guys below 60kg will surely go down after one body shot from her.” Melvin exclaimed.

Jihin winning the amateur MMA title at 18 years old. Credit: YK Tang

Something to prove

It is perfectly understandable for first timers stepping into the gym not wanting to lose to this girl. Jihin neither has the looks nor the physique that one would stereotype as a fighter. To the untrained eye, she is a just a sweet little girl living across the street.

However, this little girl started training only at 16, became an amateur MMA champion at 18 and has now signed for one of Asia’s biggest promotions. With the contract signed, Jihin now has the chance to prove that this cute girl can beat up anyone in the One Championship roster.

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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