Malaysia’s Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud is barely three weeks removed from his latest ONE Championship outing, but that did not stop him from testing his skills in Bangkok, Thailand at the 2019 International Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IFMA) World Championships.
The Sampuri Muay Thai Gym athlete captured the bronze medal in the U23 63kg Male Competitive Class.
“IFMA was a great experience, it was my first time competing for Malaysia in this World Championships, and it’s always something special when you fly the national flag on the international stage,” the 23-year-old Mohammed declared.
“I’m satisfied with the bronze medal win. I think I could have done better, but it’s been a pretty packed year for me in my career.”
The “art of eight limbs” practitioner got his tournament off to a flyer as he defeated South Africa’s Keegan Gonsalves via TKO in the quarter-finals on Thursday, 25 July.
He barely broke a sweat in that match, unleashing some of his greatest assets which have made him one of Malaysia’s youngest and most promising Muay Thai martial artists.
Mohammed, however, narrowly lost to Lithuania’s Matas Pultarazniskas in the last four via decision.
“The whole journey was fantastic, but of course, I wouldn’t trade it for the career that ONE Championship has presented to me.”
“Representing ONE is still definitely bigger than IFMA, but competing in this World Championships allowed me to meet more athletes from countries I’ve never even heard of before,” he added.
It’s been a dream month for the Kedah native whose goal is to capture the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.
At ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY on Friday, 12 July the youngster defeated Malaysia’s Muay Thai icon Saiful “The Vampire” Merican by unanimous decision.
Mohammed admits that his latest bronze medal win has given him some crucial confidence – as he awaits his next challenge at The Home of Martial Arts.
“This medal means a lot to me, and it serves as a reminder that I can compete on the international stage,” he said.