Singapore’s Tiffany Teo Is Determined To Rise Up The Strawweight Ranks

Singapore’s Tiffany Teo Is Determined To Rise Up The Strawweight Ranks
PHOTO: Singapore’s Tiffany Teo Is Determined To Rise Up The Strawweight Ranks

Singapore’s very own Tiffany Teo will return to action at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES on Friday, 26 May, where she will meet Rebecca “The Professor” Heintzman-Rozewski in front of a hometown crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 27-year-old nicknamed “The Soul Crusher” has experienced quite a bit of local success when it comes to martial arts. In addition to being a national boxing champion, she holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and has an extensive background in Muay Thai.

Though she never envisioned herself actually participating in martial arts competition, Teo’s desire to test out her skills and hunger to win led to her mixed martial arts debut in February 2016. She competed at the Singapore Fighting Championship’s second event, where she recorded her first knockout win ever. That had a dramatic effect on Teo’s self-belief.

“It was a nice feeling to know I had the power to knock somebody out,” she admits. “I always wondered if I had knockout power. It helped with my confidence.”

Fifteen months removed from that night, she is now soaring. Teo holds a perfect record of 5-0, and four of her five opponents have been stopped inside the distance. 

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In fact, the only time she went a full three rounds was last February at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, where she dominated Indonesian wushu-sanda gold medalist Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol en route to a unanimous decision victory.

All of those dominant wins have provided Teo with faith in her abilities whenever she heads out to the cage.

While she has competed primarily against stand-up specialists, the striker is now being paired against an American opponent who offers a different kind of threat.

Heintzman-Rozewski favors grappling exchanges, and was prolific in her perfect 6-0 amateur career in the United States with submission finishes. She also has success in the professional ranks at an even 2-2.

Though she most recently fell to eventual ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee in February 2016, Heintzman-Rozewski has moved up to strawweight, and feels refreshed following her recent layoff.

“She will be the first grappler I have fought,” Teo says. “It will be pretty interesting. If it is a stand-up fight, my striking is better than hers, for sure. We will see how it goes.”

Having never been up against a ground specialist before, the bout will offer a lot of insight into whether the Singaporean can be a potential challenger for the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship, which is something her peers in the division have been making a case for.

Moving on to 6-0 in impressive fashion would certainly put her amongst the division’s elite and in the title picture. She will have that opportunity on 26 May at the Singapore Indoor stadium, and “The Soul Crusher” will be gunning to prove she is the top strawweight in ONE Championship.

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