Singaporean mixed martial arts (MMA) exponent Sherilyn Lim is not taking any chances for her upcoming fight, as she trains six hours a day for six days a week, honing her techniques and working on cardio.
Come Oct 18, the 22-year-old from local MMA outfit Fight G - of which she is the operations manager - will make her professional debut at One Fighting Championship's Total Domination event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
My Paper spoke to the fighter, Singapore's second female representative on the famed One FC arena, about the safety of MMA and why approaching the sport with an open mind is key for first-timers.
What inspired you to take up MMA?
It actually began with muay thai, which I took up because I wanted to lose weight and get fitter. Getting into MMA from there was a natural transition.
What is a common misconception that people have about the sport?
The general perception is that MMA is a violent sport. In fact, it is very safe.
There are professional referees, rules and regulations that make the sport safe. Athletes now are also much better trained than before, and (the training) allows them to better protect themselves.
Some people think that MMA is only for guys. Did you face any challenges doing the sport as a woman?
The way people perceive MMA can be very subjective, especially, in Singapore, where culture plays a big part.
I don't think MMA is only for guys, because female fighters are popping up everywhere and this trend doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.