Word around the Las Vegas fight scene is that there may not be enough female fighters to justify women's mixed martial arts (MMA) in certain stateside promotions.
Muay Thai striker Nicole Chua might have something to say about that.
The full-time accountant trades in her calculator and ballpoint pen at the end of each day to kick some butt over at the Evolve MMA gym under Chatri Sityodtong, where she's poised to become the first-ever professional female MMA fighter this weekend in Singapore.
Chua breaks it all down for MMA Rising:
"It is a great honor and I am very proud to be able to represent Singapore, Evolve MMA and aspiring female mixed martial artists in Asia. There is some pressure and it is a great responsibility, but I am prepared and confident in my abilities. There are not yet many women in Singapore doing MMA, but I hope that I will lead the way and inspire more women to compete. I manage to work a full-time job and train full-time as well. It is not always easy and takes a great deal of discipline, but I love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. I am also very grateful and fortunate that my employer supports me by allowing for a flexible working schedule so that I can attend the Evolve Fighter’s Program. I train in the mornings and afternoons at the Evolve Fighter’s Program. In between training sessions, I work at my day job."
Hoping to play spoiler is India's Jeet Toshi, the seven-time kickboxing champion and state Wushu gold medalist who made her successful MMA debut just last month. It's about as stiff a test as one can get for an MMA debut.
Will Chua be up to the challenge?