Make-up v muscles

Make-up v muscles

SINGAPORE - She was among the golden girls of swimming in the 1990s, with the likes of Joscelin Yeo.

Ms May Ooi has done Singapore proud again.

The former Olympic swimmer, who is now a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, won her first competitive fight two weeks ago at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The next time the 37-year-old enters the cage, it will be as a professional MMA fighter, she confirms.

It is a drastic change from her swimming days, but she qualifies that she is still "feminine".

Says Ms Ooi, who is engaged to her coach: "MMA is not just for tomboys. Girls can be tough and still be feminine."

At the recent Rebel Fighting Championship, her opponent was Ms Amy Adam, who has four professional matches under her belt.

During the match, Ms Ooi held Ms Adam in a chokehold from the back and the latter tapped out.

Says Ms Ooi: "As an amateur, defeating a professional fighter at my debut match felt awesome.

"It's also great being in front of the crowds again."

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