Undefeated in her mixed martial arts career, Singapore-based female fighter Tiffany Teo is looking to make her mark on the ONE Championship strawweight division.
Teo is undefeated in her four professional matches. In addition, she has yet to go the distance, finishing her opponents by either knockout or submission.
Plying her trade across Southeast Asia with Full Metal Dojo and Singapore FC, Teo owns two knockout victories and one submission win.
After her impressive run, Teo got the call from ONE Championship and made her debut on the undercard of ONE: Defending Honor in Singapore last November.
“It was my first time fighting in front of a crowd of that scale. I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous. I wasn’t as relaxed as I usually am for my past fights,” Teo recalled.
Teo had an advantage from the opening stanza and put on display a high-level grappling game by gaining full mount on multiple occasions before pounding away at Abbas.
Teo wrote the final sentence in the second round as she took Abbas’ back and latched on on a rear-naked choke to force her Egyptian opponent to tap. However, she does not want to rest on her laurels as she believes that there are a lot of work to do to cement her legacy in the sport.
“Even though I got the victory, I felt like there were a lot of things I had to work on post-fight,” she said.
“While I remembered being happy that I won, at the same time, I felt that I could have performed better and finished the fight sooner.”
There may be a need of fine-tuning in her overall MMA game, but the 27-year-old Singaporean fighter is happy with the outcome of her ONE Championship debut as it inspires her to be a better combatant inside the cage.
“I’m sure that it will be better this time around. After the first fight at ONE Championship, I know now what to expect. I’m sure I will cope with the nerves better,” Teo guaranteed.
I PLAN TO KEEP WINNING MY FIGHTS AND EARN AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR THE STRAWWEIGHT TITLE IN THE FUTURE.
“I always want to be a better fighter in every fight. I know I’m a late bloomer compared to other fighters. This is also why I’m constantly trying to improve my skillsets,” she added.
Teo is set to have her first assignment for 2017 as she squares off with Indonesian kickboxer Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol at ONE: Throne of Tigers in Kuala Lumpur on 10 February.
According to Teo, she plans to use her upcoming match as a footstool to achieve her goal as a professional MMA fighter, which is to become a world champion.
“There’s no champion for the strawweight division right now. I plan to keep winning my fights and earn an opportunity to compete for the strawweight title in the future,” she ended.