MMA: Singapore's Tiffany Teo falls to China's Xiong Jingnan in Jakarta

Singapore's Tiffany Teo (second left) and China's Xiong Jingnan (right) at the One Championship Kings of Courage press conference at the Fairmont Jakarta on Jan 18, 2018.
Singapore's Tiffany Teo (second left) and China's Xiong Jingnan (right) at the One Championship Kings of Courage press conference at the Fairmont Jakarta on Jan 18, 2018.PHOTO: COURTESY OF SINGAPORE MAVEN

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.