“The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan is one of the most dominant World Champions in ONE.
At this point, it looks as though no one could deter her from becoming one of the greatest female mixed martial artists of all time.
However, eight months ago in an epic encounter with “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, the Chinese warrior came close to owning her first defeat in four years.
Xiong takes on Lee once again in Tokyo, Japan at ONE: CENTURY PART I on 13 October for the latter’s ONE Atomweight World Title.
On the surface, Xiong might seem relaxed, but the ONE Strawweight World Champion revealed what she has been going through mentally in the lead up to this rematch.
“I stress a lot and tend to over-think things,” the 31-year-old said. “I do not want to disappoint the people who love and support me. There is a lot of pressure. The important thing is that I use it as motivation to win.”
Though the pressure gets to her at times, the Shandong native has many tricks to settle herself.
One way “The Panda” sorts it out is to look herself in the mirror and give herself a pep talk.
“I might say something vicious to myself as a twisted version of a pep talk. To give you an example, I could say to myself in the mirror, ‘Xiong Jing Nan, can you do it or not? If not, you better be dead,’” she explained.
“Sometimes I use abusive words. It’s useful when I need a push – like when I’m tired or feeling lazy. If someone can throw these belittling words to my face, suddenly I’m provoked to continue. But I have to do this myself. I always tell myself what to do.”
Apart from the usual self-motivating procedure, the Bali MMA athlete spends her time with other fruitful yet fun activities during rest.
“Reading books can help to relieve the pressure. Also, writing notes, putting any negative thoughts in a notebook to let them go,” she said.
“Listening to some music with good lyrics and picturing something wonderful helps, too.”
Fans will have to wait until 13 October at ONE: CENTURY to find out whether her methods for self-motivation work or not.
ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history with 28 World Champions featured across various martial arts. No organization in history has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events on the same day.
The Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as it brings multiple World Title bouts, a trio of World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches to the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.
Catch all the action of CENTURY PART I on Astro Arena at 8:00am Malaysia Time (MYT) on Sunday, 13 October. The main card starts at 11:00am MYT.
CENTURY PART II meanwhile gets underway at 4:00pm Malaysia Time (MYT) on Astro Super Sports 2. All the main card action will continue on that channel, but RTM TV2 will cut-in to the live broadcast at 7:30pm MYT. Also, the show will air via special delay on Astro Arena at 11:30pm MYT.
You can also download the ONE Super App to catch all the action live and for free.