Ann Osman (left) warming up the hearts of the children of Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK) in Kuala Lumpur. - Filepic/ONE Championship
WHEN looking at the history books and searching for a pioneer in Malaysia’s women’s mixed martial arts industry, a familiar name is guaranteed to appear.
It is Sabah’s very own Ann “Athena” Osman.
She announced her retirement from the sport in November 2017, but she has continued to inspire thousands of Malaysians through her current role in ONE Championship’s athlete relations department and as a Global Citizen ambassador.
“There’s a reason why I do what I do,” the emotional 32-year-old says.