Jihin Radzuan did not have one of the best years in her mixed martial arts career in 2019, but that does not mean the Johor athlete doubts her abilities on the global stage.
Jihin, competing out of Ultimate MMA Academy, accepts the flaws in her performances and targets to improve on those shortcomings before she makes her presence felt in the Circle next year.
“For me, 2019 was a year of ups and downs. I lost to two athletes who had a game plan to defeat me, and I cannot change the outcome of those bouts anymore,” the atomweight athlete said.
“However, I still believe in my skills. Why shouldn’t I? I’ve won five times, and the moment someone does not believe in what they do, they’ve already lost their battle.”
During her debut year with The Home Of Martial Arts in 2018, “Shadow Cat” succeeded in all three of her missions, getting one victory by way of submission and another two more by decision.
She opened her account this year with a defeat to Team Lakay’s Gina “Conviction” Iniong. She bounced back from that split decision loss with a finish against Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres in Kuala Lumpur in July.
But Jihin once again found herself on the wrong end of a win in December 2019. Philippines’ Denice Zamboanga stunned the local hero at ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS in Kuala Lumpur, getting her own ONE Championship career off to a dream start.
It is a moment “Shadow Cat” does not want to remember, but she acknowledges that she must revisit those encounters if she wants to improve her skill set.
“Even after my first defeat to Gina Iniong, my coach and I immediately watched the fight to see where my mistakes were. There weren’t much present, and it was reflected on the judges’ scorecards,” the wushu World Champion said.
“Against Denice, it was the same story. I felt like I did alright against an opponent who did not want to ‘stand and bang’ with me.”
“So, I’m just trying to improve on how I handle these situations better. I’m not complaining. I will come back with more wins next year.”
2020 might provide the patriotic martial artist more career tests, and “Shadow Cat” welcomes those opportunities with open arms.
In the meantime, ONE Championship kickstarts their year with ONE: A NEW TOMORROW in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, 10 January.