S'pore fighter: ‘I like getting hit’

S'pore fighter: ‘I like getting hit’
Manhunt 2011 winner Juan Wen Jie will make his ONE FC debut come Oct 18.

SINGAPORE - He won Manhunt Singapore 2011 and is a part-time freelance model. Yet, Juan Wen Jie, 30, doesn't care too much about being a pretty face - or keeping it.

He is now spending all his time on the discipline of mixed martial arts (MMA), sanshou (a Chinese origin combat sport) and muay thai.

Juan said: "I like getting hit, and hitting people in return."

On Oct 18, he will take on Malaysian fighter Alex Lim at his ONE FC debut in front of an expected crowd of 10,000 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

His match with Lim is part of a line-up of six fights that night, including the headlining faceoff between Brazilian pound-for-pound king Bibiano Fernandes and ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion, Korean fighter Soo Chul Kim.

There are two other Singapore vs Malaysia fights on the cards as well - female Singaporean fighter Sherilyn Lim will take on Malaysian Ann Osman, while Singaporean Stephen Langdown will be up against Malaysia's Marc Marcellinus.

Juan is more eager than nervous about his ONE FC debut.

After all, the fighter - who has only one loss so far in his 20-fight muay thai, sanshou and MMA career - was meant to get on the ONE FC stage last year but had to bow out due to a whiplash injury sustained while wrestling a guy 10kg heavier than him during training.

During that time, Juan did a few runway shows and continued training others as he's also a World Muaythai Council-certified instructor who teaches MMA in schools as well as to individual clients at local school Impact Mixed Martial Arts.

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