Hailing from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Hisyam “Zephyrus” Samsudin, 27, looked up to his late father all throughout his life. For the ONE Championship athlete, his father was his personal hero.
“The most important influence in my childhood was my father,” Samsudin said. “My dad was my hero because he’s someone I looked up to every single day.”
As a child, Samsudin was overweight. His father supported him in the early stages of his martial arts journey as he trained at a local training facility in his hometown to lose weight.
Samsudin dabbled into different combat disciplines such as Muay Thai and boxing as he progressed deeper into his martial arts journey. Fascinated by martial arts’ competitive nature, he eventually transitioned from being a student learning the tricks of the trade to becoming a professional competitor.
When Samsudin made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Unbreakable Warriors” in 2016, he lost to his fellow Malaysian “The Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman, 23, via unanimous decision. One year later, Samsudin had his first win under the promotion after knocking out his Indonesian opponent Jeremy “The Predator” Meciaz, 26, at “ONE: Total Victory.”
Samsudin ultimately earned both of his parents’ support although his father was a bit hesitant about his choice to compete professionally. The ONE Championship athlete said, “I guess it’s normal for parents to be worried because what we do is so physical.”
“After talking to them and explaining things, they understood,” Samsudin stated. “Also, they knew it started to become my passion. They ended up being my strong followers because of my persistence.”
Just one day before Samsudin’s second ONE Championship bout, his father passed away. In the post-fight interview inside the cage with Mitch Chilson, the Malaysian fighter was very emotional as he dedicated his victory to his late father.
On March 24, 2018, Samsudin will have his third ONE Championship bout facing “The Terminator” Sunoto of Indonesia in Bangkok, Thailand “ONE: Iron Will,” which will be headlined by ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Vietnam and ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, of Brazil. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the reigning ONE Championship champions: