Malaysian mixed martial artist Jihin “Shadowcat” Radzuan, 19, is breaking the mold and giving women of all ages a legitimate sporting role model to look up to. Fighting out of Johor Bahru, Malaysia, she is continuing what Malaysian MMA queen Ann “Athena” Osman, 32, has started.
On July 15, 2017, Radzuan made a successful professional MMA debut at “Ultimate Beatdown 23: Legends Never Die” at the Plaza Sentosa in Johor Bahru where she knocked out her Indonesian opponent Masrina “Iron Maiden” Hamka. The timing was perfect as months later, Osman announced her retirement.
Fighting out of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Osman competed in ONE Championship from 2013 to 2017. She had 5 wins and 4 losses.
Following Osman’s footsteps, Radzuan joined ONE Championship and had much hype behind her coming into her promotional debut at “ONE: Visions of Victory” on March 9, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Johor Bahru native lived up to the billing with a submission victory over her Indian opponent Pooja Tomar.
While Radzuan comes from a Muay Thai background, she was looking to show off her ground skills as she repeatedly looked to drag Tomar to the ground and test her submission defense. The Malaysian contender nearly locked up an armbar on the mat in the second frame but she was forced to transition into a triangle choke because the Indian competitor refused to give up.
As much as Tomar tried to ride out the submission, there was no escape. The end came at 2:23 into the second round, giving Radzuan her first win on the global stage of ONE Championship.
“I couldn’t even describe my emotion and the feeling when my name was announced as the winner of the bout,” Radzuan recalled. “As a young martial artist, I just showcased what I am capable of on the global stage. The whole world was watching, and it’s definitely a dream come true.”
On July 13, 2018, Radzuan will display her martial arts skills once again in front of her countrymen. A women’s atomweight bout between her and Priscilla “Thathi” Hertati Lumban Gaol, 30, of Jakarta, Indonesia has been booked for “ONE: Pursuit of Power,” which will take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Meanwhile, here is a “ONE: Visions of Victory” recap: