JAKARTA - So close, yet so far.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Tiffany Teo was the first Singaporean to fight in a title bout in One Championship on Saturday night (Jan 20), but lost her women's strawweight (52.3-56.7kg) bout to China's Xiong Jingnan at the Jakarta Convention Centre.
Teo, 27, had a perfect 7-0 professional fight record before last night's bout - the main event of the Kings of Courage show - but her winning streak was halted by her 28-year-old opponent with 2min 41sec left in the fourth round.
Teo was sent to hospital after the bout for a check-up.
"I want to thank One for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams," said a jubilant Xiong in a stage-side interview after her victory.
"I am proud to represent China."
With her win last night, Xiong stretched her professional fight record to 11-1.