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Nicole Chua set to become Singapore's first female mixed martial artist

Nicole Chua is set to become Singapore's first ever professional female Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter when she makes her debut in the ONE Fighting Championship on 31 March at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 27-year-old was unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference and will be competing against some of the region's top fighters.

While Chua's MMA debut will create history in the sport, it is her full-time occupation that will truly surprise many.

She told us that “ It is a great honor and I am very proud to be able to represent Singapore, Evolve MMA and aspiring female mixed martial artists in Asia.

There is some pressure and it is a great responsibility, but I am prepared and confident in my abilities. There are not yet many women in Singapore doing MMA, but I hope that I will lead the way and inspire more women to compete. I manage to work a full-time job and train full-time as well. It is not always easy and takes a great deal of discipline, but I love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. I am also very grateful and fortunate that my employer supports me by allowing for a flexible working schedule so that I can attend the Evolve Fighter’s Program. I train in the mornings and afternoons at the Evolve Fighter’s Program. In between training sessions, I work at my day job”