Fighting out of Changsha, Hunan, China, “Rock Man” Chen Lei, 29, will enter the Baoshan Sports Center in Shanghai, China at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” on September 8, 2018. The undefeated Chinese bantamweight will clash with “Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman, 23, of Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
“My opponent is well-rounded,” Chen said of Aiman. “I wish that this bout could take home the ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, but I also expect to win because at the end of the day, I am a much better fighter than he is.”
Chen will make a quick return to the five-rope ONE Championship ring nearly three months after his remarkable conquest of previously unbeaten Ahmad Qais Jasoor, 28, of India. The undefeated Chinese fighter said, “I am ready to showcase my skills on this international platform again. I believe in myself.”
The Changsha native’s unquestioned and undying self-confidence has not always been so readily available and accessible in Chen’s arsenal. While he may confidently engage in a potential thriller against Aiman at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon,” it was during his formative years where the Chinese fighter endured the battle of his life and he will be a long way from his humble beginnings in Changsha.
However, in many ways, life prepared Chen to become the martial arts warrior that he is today and lack of finances did not stop him from enjoying life. As a child, he enjoyed sporting activities such swimming and track and field. But when he was 18, he began training in Wushu Sanda that served as a gateway to other disciplines.
Two years later, Chen added upon his base by learning the tricks of the trade of Muay Thai and boxing. Not content to be proficient with his fists and feet, he also included Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to his repertoire.
The decision to supplement grappling was the final piece of the puzzle that led Chen, an eventual Shanghai Open BJJ champion, to mixed martial arts. He now holds a professional MMA record of 8 wins and 0 loss.
On the other hand, Aiman has 4 wins and 2 losses. Here is a clip from one of the Malaysian fighter’s previous bouts in ONE Championship: