World Series of Fighting Global has added one more fight to an already stacked Japan card on 7 February. The match up will feature Singapore’s May Ooi (2-0) take on Ukraine’s Anna Bezhenar (1-1) at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Ooi is one of the top female prospects in Southeast Asia, having competed on the Singapore Olympic team. Unlike most athletes transitioning from Olympics to MMA, Ooi does not come from a combat sports or grappling background. She was an Olympic swimmer, having competed in seven events at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Ooi stepped into the MMA arena for the first time as an amateur in 2013 with a submission victory, then followed that up with two KO/TKO wins in 2014 and 2015. She is currently undefeated in MMA competition. This fight will mark her 115lb strawweight debut.
“I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for the opportunity given to me by WSOF Global,” Ooi said.
“Pitting my skills against a very credible opponent on one of the biggest stage in the world, Tokyo Dome City Hall, the proving ground of MMA legends, martial art warriors and samurais, and the home of PRIDE. I’m a little starstruck.
Ooi will be the first Singaporean to fight for WSOF Global, set up last year to expand the World Series of Fighting Brand into Asia.
Anna Bezhenar is considered one of the best female pankration fighters in the world. She won the European Pankration Championship five years in a row, 2010-2014, as well as being a former FILA World Champion in Pankration, and a previous FILA Athlete of the Year. This will be the first event for both fighters under the WSOF-GC banner.
“I have accomplished many goals in my fighting career and this is the next big step,” Anna said. “I’m not just looking for this win, but to put together a string of victories and compete for a world title for WSOF Global. May is only the beginning of this journey.”
“These two ladies will be the lead in to an amazing show that we have planned for Tokyo,” states WSOF-GC President, Shawn Wright.
“Because of each of their unique backgrounds, we feel both of these ladies deserve an opportunity to fight on this showcase event for us. We know they will thrill the Japanese fans, as well as all of the fans watching around the world from our website.”