Reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan is one of the mixed martial artists who enjoy boxing.
“Boxing made me tougher, and I would not quit easily,” she stated.
With boxing already in her arsenal, Xiong proceeded to add more and more tools to become a well-rounded mixed martial artist.
With grappling being one of the most important pillars of the sport, she immersed herself in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which would eventually lead to a China Open BJJ Championship.
In 2014, Xiong made her professional mixed martial arts debut, winning via submission in just under a minute.
“I knew I could do it. I had faith in my heart. I wanted to do something different, and it was more challenging,” she proclaimed. “I am a person who likes to challenge myself – who wants to soar higher and further. So I challenge myself to make what is impossible, possible. Even if there is no hope for success, I try my best to create that hope.”
Xiong went on to win eight of her next nine fights, eventually catching the attention of ONE Championship, the biggest martial arts promotion in the world.
In late 2017, Xiong made her debut in spectacular fashion, knocking out Team Lakay’s April Osenio in the first round.
The win earned Xiong her aforementioned title opportunity, and the rest, as they say, is history.
This past June, Xiong successfully defended her ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship for the first time against Argentinian Laura Balin, cruising to a unanimous decision win in Macau, China.
On 8 September, Xiong will once again try to keep the gold belt around her waist, which is the same gold-plated belt that serves as a reminder of her drive and determination to keep improving.
“There were some other girls, but they did not make it to the end,” she proudly expressed. “They gave it up. I was not treated differently because I never give up on what I really want.”
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