SINGAPORE - As a ONE Fighting Championship caged fighter, Ayung "Pyro" Jumat has traded punches, kicks, and elbows with many mean men. But it took a woman to break his nose.
Her name is Aurain "Athena" Osman and it happened during an overzealous training session when her stray elbow reshaped her coach's face.
Said Ayung, on Osman, who will become Malaysia's first female mixed martial arts (MMA) exponent to take to the ONE FC stage next month: "She's tough, strong and she's got heavy hands.
"She spars with the boys and during training, she can knock anyone out. I make it compulsory for them to put on headgear whenever they spar with her."
To tame, and also nurture, the 1.61m and 52kg fighter's increasing strength, Ayung, who heads the Borneo Tribal Fight Squad, has also upgraded her 12-ounce training gloves to 16-ounce ones - commonly recommended for boxers weighing 68kg and up.
It is this power that Osman, 27, who lives in Kota Kinabalu, will be bringing to the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Oct 18 when she makes her professional debut against Singapore's Sherilyn Lim.
But step outside the octagon or the confines of training mats, and her aggression quickly dissipates.
Her menacing scowl becomes a merry smile as she professes her love for outdoor sports like canoeing, water rafting, or even trekking through the ridges of Mount Kinabalu - visible through a window from the Borneo Tribal Fight Squad gym where she trains.