Hayatun kicking her way to stardom

Strong kick: Hayatun (right) sparring with her opponent at MIMMA tryouts held at Johor Baru City Square.

JOHOR BARU: The youngest woman Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Hayatun Najihin Radzuan stole the attention of the spectators at the third Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) tryouts here.

Instead of spending her times on girly stuff such as being dolled up, she spent her time perfecting her skills in the martial arts and did not feel afraid to get hurt.

The 18-year-old student from Pasir Gudang said she developed the interest in mixed martial arts sport after watching videos and surfing websites related to the sports.

“It did not even cross my mind that I’ll be one of the fighters and fight with the guys in the championship and tryouts.

“I joined this mixed martial arts session in October last year and religiously going for daily training under my coach Melvin Yeoh after school,” she said when met at MIMMA tryouts recently.

It all started when she went to Yeoh’s gym and spent a lot of time there including bringing her homework there.

“I spent about four hours daily training and had taken part in Muay Thai and Jujitsu championship around Johor Baru to polish my fighting skills,” said Hayatun.

Hayatun took the second spot in the Johor Jujitsu Championship Open, held recently beating an opposite sex and emerged as the only female to reach the final round.

However, she lamented that there were still some forms of discrimination towards female participants in the tournament adding she wanted to go all to prove her prowess.

Hayatun was among the 248 fighters that registered for the first day of MIMMA tryouts at Johor Baru City Square.

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