Every time Hisyam “Zephyrus” Samsudin sets foot inside the ONE Championship cage, he is not only doing it out of passion or a chance to build his reputation in the industry, but also sees it an opportunity to pave the way for future Malaysian mixed martial artists.
According to the Ewako MMA representative, lacing up four-ounce gloves is the perfect platform to promote the sport to Malaysia, a country that has now produced top-notch talent such as Agilan Thani, Gianni Subba and Muhammad Aiman.
“I compete the cage because I want the sport to be recognized in Malaysia. It’s special because we get to meet athletes from across the world, bearing their national flag and fighting with pride,” he said.
“I wish we can get more support. I’ve been competing in martial arts events for close to a decade, and I don’t want the future athletes to face a similar struggle.”
Hisyam conceded that the journey is never easy, but it propelled him into a more motivated individual.
“We work hard to get money for training, supplements, or meeting the physiotherapy to treat our injuries,” he stated.
“But at the end of the day, it gives me a great sense of belief and self-satisfaction.”
The WBF Asia-Pacific Light Heavyweight, however, never crumbles under pressure. Just a day before his battle against Jeremy Meciaz in 2017, his father tragically passed away in his hotel room.
Hisyam endured every single emotion running through his mind to score a first-round TKO before dedicating the victory to his father.
His late father has always been his hero and teacher, and Hisyam likened martial arts to be a an excellent learning tool.
“Competing and training martial arts teaches you many things. Since I’ve opened up the gym [Ewako MMA], I’ve been teaching classes. It’s something new, and it’s not easy, but it teaches you to be patient,” he shared.
“It also taught me that no one is perfect. Some individuals are fast but some are slower. Simultaneously, it teaches us to respect everyone and also be thankful to the people who make you better.”
“This is why I’ve dedicated 100 percent of my time to learning and teaching martial arts, because I want to create an easier path for the next generation of athletes and
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