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A World Champion in the Making

 
Radeem’s ultimate goal in his fighting career is to be a world champ. (Photo: SSC)
 
Remember the name Radeem Abdul Rahman.
 
Just like Remy Ong and Feng Tianwei, he could very well be Singapore’s next world champion. A World Champion in the little known, but growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
 
“My ultimate goal is to be a world champ,” said Radeem.
 
“But I’m taking it step by step. Because to be a world champ, anyone can say that, but to train and be one, only few can do. I believe that if I take each match seriously and take things one step at a time, I will get there eventually.”
 
MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling arts while both standing and on the ground, incorporating combative various styles of martial arts and sports like boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, just to name a few.
 
As the first Singaporean professional MMA fighter, Radeem will be up against Indian Karate Champion Susovan Ghosh in the One Fighting Championship (One FC), which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 3 September.
 
It was his parents who first cultivated his love for Muay Thai when they took him to local fight competitions.
 
“Since young, my parents have exposed me to martial arts. They take me to local competitions and I also watched it on TV.”
 
“When I was young I didn’t know that was called Muay Thai and I told my parents I loved it and my parents said if you love it, and if that’s your dream, work hard and pursue it.”
 
And follow his dream he did.  He started training in Muay Thai when he was 16 by watching videos and reading books on it.
 
Even though the One FC championship will be his first MMA fight, Radeem is not a rookie in the world of fighting. He has already fought four professional fights in Thailand and once in Singapore.
 
Working as an Operation Executive at Evolve, one of Asia’s premier MMA Academies, has made it easy for Radeem to juggle work and training.
 
“I work and train at Evolve. As an operation executive I get to train 4 to 5 hours a day. I take care of all the operations at Evolve and train with the fight team. I am an assistant instructor for Muay Thai; I assist the main instructor by helping out during classes.
 
“It’s quite easy juggling work and training, because I work in Evolve and there is a schedule for fighters. We have a fighter’s programme that involves all the fighters training together.”
 
For those who want to follow in his footsteps to become a professional fighter, take this advice from the man who had four wins out of five matches: “Believe in training hard, I train with a team of world class professionals and I know that if I have any opportunity or opening, I will have to take it.”