ONE Championship fighters who aren’t already in Singapore are on hiatus. There’s no way of knowing when they will be able to compete next but that doesn’t stop them eyeing up potential opponents.

Jihin Radzuan has been doing just that. The Malaysian atomweight already has her sights set on a matchup with Bi Nguyen,

“I believe it would be fireworks if we ever clash. She loves to put on a show, and it’s the same for me.”

Tremendous courage

Nguyen has competed in both Muay Thai and MMA under the ONE Championship banner. Radzuan has had time to review all of these fights and likes what she sees,

“In all her fights so far, she has shown tremendous courage and heart to fight. I would like to go up against someone like that.”

The 21 year old sees similarities between herself and the Vietnamese-American,

“I see Bi as a person who loves coming forward, whether she is dominating or trying to create a presence in the match. She never backs down.”

Epic encounter

Radzuan is coming off a unanimous decision loss at the hands of Denice Zamboanga. At the time it was seen as a major upset, but the Filipina has gone on to establish herself as the top contender in the atomweight division.

The Johor Bahru based atomweight is eager to get back to winning ways but thinks that a matchup with Nguyen would be ‘epic’,

“We could bring out the best in one another. It might be different in the match but based on what I’ve seen I’m convinced that it would be an epic fight.”

It used to be easy for fighters to hop across the border that separates Johor Bahru from Singapore. But new restrictions were introduced last week which make it very unlikely that any Malaysian based fighters will be appearing on the upcoming series of behind closed doors cards.

Time to return

Radzuan would love to be a part of ONE: ‘Hope’ which is scheduled for Singapore on April 17th. But she knows that realistically it is likely to be a long time until she can compete again.

However the Malaysian has pledged to be ready to return whenever the situation improves enough for the current restrictions to be lifted,

“I would love to return as soon as possible but I respect what ONE has done so far in dealing with the Covid-19 situation. Maybe after all this is settled, it’ll be a good time to return.”