SINGAPORE - The ONE FC: Honor & Glory mixed martial arts competition, to be held on May 30, 2014 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, will feature Singaporean Radeem Rahman who has sat on the sidelines with injury since 2011 and Singapore-based Brad Robinson who transformed from a 150kg diabetic to a 80.5kg MMA fighter.
Mr Rahman cemented a place in history when he became the first Singaporean to compete in a major mixed martial arts organisation when he made his ONE FC debut in 2011 at ONE FC: Champions vs Champions.
According to MMA Mania's website, Mr Rahman "was billed as being the underdog when he took on Indian fighter Susovan Ghosh at ONE FC: 'Champion vs Champion' because, unlike his opponent who had a number of amateur fights under his belt, Rahman had never competed at MMA at any level."
In 2012, he was slated to compete against Malaysian Gianni Subba in the October show in Singapore but a finger injury forced him out of action days before the event. Then, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) - one of the four major fibrous tissues in the human knee - and spent 2013 recovering from his injuries. He had to undergo hours of extensive rehabilitation each day for months to be able to walk and gradually train again.
ONE FC fans can look forward to witnessing Mr Rahman's return in ONE FC's Flyweight division when he takes on Raymond Tan from Malaysia. Mr Tan has proven a knack for silencing the hometown crowd, submitting Indonesian star Brianata Rosadhi in ONE FC's Jakarta leg last September. This will be a stern test for Mr Rahman as he looks to ascend the ONE FC Flyweight ladder.
Overweight to fit
Mr Robinson's frequent beer and supper binges led to significant weight gain when he moved to Malaysia for business from Oklahoma, US. By the time he arrived in Singapore in 2007, he weighed 150kg and was diabetic. The weight gain caused him to have difficulty getting clothes in Asia and he was almost denied entry to see his first-born when the hospital did not have scrubs that could fit him.
The series of events spurred him to do something about his weight and after a short spell weightlifting, he found his way to a local MMA gym. His first taste of competition came when he fought in a white collar boxing event that he won and fell in love with the rush of adrenaline that accompanied a martial arts battle.
He devoted his life to working out and MMA and eventually left his general manager position to open a high intensity workout gym named Ritual. He now makes his ONE FC debut in front of 12,000 expected fans this Friday.