Boxing played a part in the success of mixed martial artist “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of Shandong, China. She is the reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion.
“I liked boxing,” Xiong shared in an interview with ONE Championship’s official website (ONEFC.com). “My father always watched it when I was young.”
It did not take long for Xiong to reach the top of her division in ONE Championship. In just her second fight with in the promotion back in January, Xiong captured the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship, dismantling erstwhile-unbeaten Tiffany Teo to become the first Chinese athlete to hold a world championship in mixed martial arts.
At ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON on Saturday, 8 September at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China, Xiong will be defending her title for the second time against Brazilian newcomer Samara “Marituba” Santos.
A win over Santos will solidify Xiong’s place as one of the best martial artists to come out of China, and it also sets her up for a champion-versus-champion showdown against reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee at ONE: HEART OF THE LION on 9 November in Singapore.
Xiong is definitely on the right path for mixed martial arts greatness, and what got her here is a no-quit attitude that she developed during her formative years as a martial artist.
As a youth, Xiong began her martial arts journey through boxing and then became a representative in the 2007 National Women’s Boxing Championship in 2007, where she finished third. Eventually, she made her way to the Chinese national boxing team.
While Xiong did excel in the sport known as “The Sweet Science,” the Shandong, China-native yearned for more and soon stumbled upon mixed martial arts. Her years of experience as a boxer came in handy as it had given her the necessary toughness needed to pursue mixed martial arts.
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