SINGAPORE - The home crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday (May 26) could be cheering on a future Singaporean One Championship mixed martial arts (MMA) title holder.
The fighting careers of both Amir Khan and Tiffany Teo, the only two Singaporeans on the 10 -bout fight card at the Dynasty of Heroes event, have risen steadily.
Khan, 22, enters the event on a three-fight winning streak, while Teo, 27, holds a perfect 5-0 career win-loss record.
Khan will take on Rajinder Singh Meena of India in a lightweight contest, while Teo will go against American Rebecca Heintzman-Rozewski in their strawweight bout.
The local fighters know thatthey have to impress and win again to further state their credentials for a title shot.
Khan believes thathe is inching closer to that goal now. He said: "Initially, when I first came in, I wasn't confident that I could be a world champion then and I didn't dare to say it at that time.
"I had known then that I have what it takes to become a champion one day, yet I also knew that would take a couple of years.
"But right now, I feel that I've got the skills and the attributes to become a world champion. Maybe it'll take one or two fights more to reach that ultimate goal. I believe that I'm one step closer."
Teo also similarly laid down her intentions to gun for the vacant strawweight belt. She said: "I want a shot at the belt. I feel that it's within my reach now and I'm eyeing the belt.
"There are a lot of female contenders like Michelle Nicolini who are going to fight for the vacant title. Hopefully by early next year and one or two more fights later, I'll be able to get a shot for that title."
A One Championship representative said: "Amir is inching closer and closer to earning himself a title shot, while for Tiffany, she continues to impress everyone.
"If they continue to win, they will put themselves in a better position to get a title shot in the future."