“Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman is craving for action in 2019. However, for the Negeri Sembilan-born athlete, patience is key — simply because he wants to finish the year undefeated.
“I want to battle three to four times [this year], and hopefully remain undefeated in all of them,” the 23-year-old bantamweight athlete said.
“That’s my main goal, and I’m in really good shape right now. I cannot wait to return in the cage.”
Aiman is coming off yet another strong year at ONE Championship, having recorded two victories and suffered a single defeat in 2018.
The Bali MMA representative was victorious against Cambodia’s Rin Saroth in March, and then submitted previously-unbeaten Chinese juggernaut “Rock Man” Chen Lei via rear-naked choke in September.
He fell short against Japan’s Shuya Kamikubo in November – a defeat which ended his three-bout win streak.
Although “Jungle Cat” tasted defeat, it does not stress him too out much.
“I just want to think about 2019 for now — nothing much in detail, but just think about what a year it could be,” he said.
“That defeat against Shuya was alright. I was sad for a while, but I handled it pretty good. At times, you get a bit depressed and just want to stay home, but I wasn’t too devastated with it.”
The promotion’s bantamweight division is stacked with world-class talents such as Muin Gafurov, Dae Hwan Kim, former titleholder Bibiano Fernandes, and ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon.
Aiman is not too sure who he will square off against next, but one thing is for certain — only tough battles lie ahead.
“Honestly, I don’t know who I’d face. There are a lot of tough guys out there and I don’t want to call anyone out,” he explained.
“I know it’s only going to be tough matches from here, but I’m happy because I like tough situations. I think I’m on their level, and all I need to do is train harder and stay safe.”