Malaysian Women's MMA pioneer Ann Osman retires from competition
Santino Honasan on Nov 28, 2017 05:39 PM
Malaysian women's MMA pioneer Ann Osman retires from the cage after a career that spanned four years. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Another ONE Championship star calls it a career, as women's MMA pioneer and Malaysian star Ann "Athena" Osman has retired from competition.
It was announced by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong on his official Facebook page.
In the post, Sityodtong also revealed that Osman, 31, will be assuming an excecutive role at ONE Championship in the Athlete Relations and Development department, alongside Vice President for Competition and Operations and matchmaker Matt Hume.
In a post on her own Facebook page, Osman confirmed the news.
"With a heavy heart, I have officially retired from my pro fighting days, a career I took on in exchange of a stable corporate career which lead to an amazing 4 and half years of fighting in the ONE cage." said Osman.
In 2013, Osman became Malaysia's first ever female mixed martial artist when she made her debut at ONE Championship: Total Domination in Singapore.
Osman racked up a 5-4 professional record in less than four years of active competition, including a win over former boxing world champion Ana Julaton.
In her final fight, Osman was on the wrong end of a submission at the hands of Singaporean May Ooi.
Osman joins former UFC world champion Rich Franklin, former ONE welterweight world champion Ben Askren, and ONE featherweight fighter Bashir Ahmad as former competitors who have found a place in ONE Championship's front office.