In pursuit of her lifelong dreams of becoming a professional athlete, ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan originally trained to embark on a weightlifting career, but discovered boxing instead. Falling in love with martial arts, she first embarked on her journey at the age of 18 as a member of the Shandong women’s boxing team, but soon went on to represent China internationally.
Encouraged by her father to focus on martial arts, she flourished. After all, inspired by Chinese martial arts movies, she has always stood up for the weak and bullied, and that led her to make herself stronger. She made many sacrifices to be the best in her field, moving away from home and foregoing many typical teenage activities to focus on training for competition. After adding BJJ to her arsenal, she proved to be talented in all areas, even winning the China Open BJJ championship. She then set her sights on competing in the cage, and threw herself into it completely, training four times a day from morning until late at night.
After a stellar 12-1 run competing in her native China, she made a successful debut on the global stage of ONE Championship with an impressive knockout of April Osenio. That led her to a shot at the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE, which she seized with yet another TKO to make history as China’s first-ever mixed martial arts world champion.