Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan will attempt to climb up the atomweight ranks and keep her undefeated record intact as ONE Championship makes its third and final stop of the year in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 7 December.
The Malaysian mixed martial arts darling will square off against former ONE World Title challenger Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS, which emanates from the Axiata Arena in the nation’s capital.
Jihin, who trains at Ultimate MMA Academy in Johor Bahru, keeps winning fans over with her courageous displays inside the cage.
As the 20-year-old prepares for the biggest match of her young career, here are three random things you should know about her.
#1 She Hates Running
It has been a long training camp for Jihin, and although she loves every minute of it, the only thing that bothers her is running.
“I love doing cardio, but when it gets too regular, I get a bit sick of it because I prefer to hit the bags and practice mixed martial arts,” she said.
“But I’ll do anything to get myself in the best shape [for my match] against Jenny Huang.”
Regardless, the athlete is prepared for battle as she inches closer towards Angela Lee’s ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title.
#2 This “Cat” Can Cook
When she is not busy sharpening her skills at Ultimate MMA Academy, “Shadow Cat” spends some of her time whipping up healthy meals in the kitchen.
“It’s nothing fancy — maybe some pasta, a chicken breast, mixed vegetables, and a couple of boiled eggs,” she confessed.
When she does not have the spare time, however, head coach Melvin “Overkill” Yeoh said that members of the gym prepare a couple of pre-workout and post-workout meals for her to ensure she is in peak form.
#3 Durian Is Her Enemy
Jihin is a very friendly person, but she admitted she has one enemy – durian, a famous fruit in the Southeast Asia region.
She recalls how she once tried to eat it at her old workplace a few years ago, but ended up with a bad stomach ache that lasted for nearly seven days.
“I know I cannot eat durians since I was a kid. But a couple of years ago, someone brought over durians to the office, and I was tempted to give it a try,” she explained.
“I only had a tiny portion and as soon as I got back [home], I started vomiting. It continued for a good week.”