Muhammad “The Jungle Cat” Aiman certainly isn’t worried about stepping into the ONE Championship cage on short notice.
Aiman got the call from ONE Championship last week asking if he would like to compete at ONE: Immortal Pursuit and “The Jungle Cat” jumped at the opportunity. The 22-year-old will be replacing Pakistan’s Waqar Umar in a battle with Yang “The Pugilist” Fei.
We asked Aiman what his immediate thoughts were when offered the fight with Yang Fei:
“To be honest, I didn’t think too much about it. I just thought yeah, it’s a fight and it’s in two weeks. I was fit, so I wasn’t worried about it.”
In a way, Aiman’s little time to prepare for his opponent isn’t a huge factor. Yang Fei will be making his ONE Championship debut and there is limited footage of him online. After managing a record of two wins and three losses, Yang has joined ONE Championship recently along with Xiong Jingnan and Zaho Zhikang in the organization’s current bid to attract leading Chinese mixed martial arts talent. Yang’s first contest with the promotion will a difficult one, regardless of Aiman’s time to prepare.
Ready to bounce back
After starting his time in ONE Championship with two consecutive victories, Aiman came up short against Danny Kingad. After that contest, Kingad then went on to challenge Adriano Moraes for the ONE Flyweight World Championship. Despite controlling the fight on the feet, Aiman struggled with the takedowns and top pressure of Kingad. He found himself trapped underneath the Team Lakay fighter for the majority of the three rounds, and it would ultimately cost him the decision.
Speaking of his contest with Danny Kingad at ONE: Kings of Destiny, Aiman commented:
“I’ve improved in every way since then. I did a lot of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after that fight with Danny [Kingad].”
The rising star has had over seven months to develop his skills and abilities with the team at Bali MMA since losing to Kingad in April. After kick-starting his career at Monarchy MMA in Kuala Lumpur, where he became the Malaysian Invasion featherweight champion, he has since started to spend more time in Indonesia training at Bali MMA. Aiman will be eager to show his new and improved skills inside the cage in Singapore.
As for how he envisions the fight with Yang Fei at ONE: Immortal Pursuit, Aiman explains:
“I definitely see myself finishing him with strikes because that’s my greatest strength.”
You can watch Muhammad Aiman at ONE: Immortal Pursuit on November 24.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.