Asian, female, Muslim MMA fighter tapping out stereotypes


The stereotypical MMA fighter is a bald, sightly menacing, tattooed man, who thanks a Christian God for the win.

Time magazine's David Stout profiles a fighter who is not like the others. Ann "Athena" Osman is Asian, Muslim, and quite female.

“There’s an empowering element to women in Asia to see a strong, confident, fit female competing on a world scale, on a world stage, especially if you’re Muslim or if you’re from a Muslim country like Malaysia,” says ONE FC CEO Victor Cui.

Not many sports give women similar prestige as their male counterparts, but the growing prominence of female UFC stars such as Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate has almost given MMA that distinction. And with the meteoric rise of MMA in Asia, ever more women are taking up the sport, and breaking fresh ground as they do.

“Having a female fight in a Muslim country like Malaysia is going to be a first,” says Cui. “There’s a huge cultural implication.”

Malaysia may not be Saudi Arabia or Iran, but religious conservatism is increasingly prevalent there. In October, the country’s courts ruled that only Muslims have the legal right to use the word ‘Allah,’ sparking fierce protests from the nation’s Christian minority, who have longed used the same word for God.

Nevertheless, Osman, 27, says she’s has never felt ostracized because of her gender or decision to push boundaries. “I’m fortunate to not have felt any of that pressure about me being Muslim and a female MMA fighter at the same time,” says the Sabah native. “I’m very fortunate to have the support from everyone I know.”

According to Malaysian MMA pioneer Melvin Yeoh, Osman’s acceptance comes from both ONE FC’s assertive marketing in tandem with MMA’s official recognition by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, one of three such sports to have the state’s blessing.

“She’s a Muslim and people saw what she can do and then they thought, this we can also do,” says Yeoh.

According to Cui, it’s emphasizing narratives like Osman’s and playing off historical geopolitical rivalries like the one that exists between Singapore and Malaysia that is essential to MMA sinking deep roots into emerging Asian markets. “It’s Malaysia versus Singapore and those guys have a very, very extremely heated competition,” he says.

“Singapore says they have better fighters, Malaysia says they have better fighters, so it’s a never-ending debate,” explains Yeoh.

But its not just regional rivalry that is stoking anticipation, as these women can actually fight. Bloody Elbow nominated the third round of their previous encounter for the site’s “Round of the Year” for 2013.

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4/29/14 1:23 PM by Blazing Knees

Then quit typing because I used it properly, assclown.   'You are born into"  you're yo?or,yôr/Submit contraction 1. you are. "you're an assclown, Egg!"   " your teens"= your yôr,yo?or/Submit determiner 1. belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing. "what is your name?" 2. belonging to or associated with any person in general. "the sight is enough to break your heart"     Loser.

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4/29/14 1:18 PM by Blazing Knees

The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other rights after divorce, make it easier for men to take multiple wives, and allow girls to be married from age nine. The draft law, called the Jaafari Personal Status Law, is based on the principles of the Jaafari school of Shia religious jurisprudence, founded by Imam Jaafar al-Sadiq, the sixth Shia imam. Approved by the Council of Ministers on February 25, 2014, it must now be approved by the parliament to become law.         So, this great 'religion of peace' now makes it legal to take a 9 yr old child for a wife. NOTHING could be a better example of the perversions of Islam than a Parlamentary vote allowing such acts. So much for a civilized society

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4/29/14 1:16 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

Any argument in this thread where someone is trying to tell us how much they know about religion and the world at large, and does not know the difference between "your" and "you're", should be deleted.

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4/29/14 1:13 PM by Blazing Knees

Being 'born Muslim is a cruel fate. It's a pack mentality- You're born into hatred, taught it throughout your childhood, brainwashed by praying 5 times a day into steel convictions in your teens, only to breed as an adult and complete the cycle of terror, hatred and Xenophobia. Sharia law is coming to a country close to you, stay tuned.

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4/28/14 7:23 AM by LuqmanMehboob

The Myth of the Moderate Muslim MajorityWell over 80% of Muslims favor making Sharia Law the official law of the United States.How many times have we heard the same old tired line, that only an infinitesimally small, almost imperceptible number of Muslims are radicalized? You know the story: a couple of young men cut the head off of a soldier in middle of a busy street yelling “Allahu Akbar” is followed by a litany of Islamic apologists on the airwaves claiming that the majority of Muslims are quite moderate and would never, ever condone such actions. Sounds great, but is it true? Short answer: Not even close. The truth is the majority of Muslims are far more radical than what most Americans can appreciate. Take the question of apostates; those who leave Islam for another religion. According to the Koran the penalty is death. No negotiation, no compromise, just take the poor victim out back and cut off his head. The vast majority of Americans would consider such a penalty for switching religions a bit extreme, but according to a 2013 Pew Research Survey over 50% of Muslims in the Middle East and South Asia view beheading as an appropriate punishment for turning your back on Allah.Then there’s the question of punishment for female adulterers, which according to Islam is death by stoning, a view that is once again shared by over 50% of Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa. No wonder Islamic fathers and brothers have a tendency to murder their daughters and sisters when they “dishonor” their family - they’re just following the example set for them by the Koran. Abu Azmi, a leader in the Indian Socialist Party and practicing Muslim, went even further by suggesting that female victims of rape should “be hanged” because they engaged in “sex” outside of marriage, a not at all unusual opinion in the Muslim world.So while millions upon millions of Muslims are calling for the violent death of their neighbors who find Christ or are smitten with love, what do they think about actual dyed-in-the-wool terrorism? Here is where things get interesting. Rather than a majority getting behind bus bombings and school bloodbaths, the support for terrorist attacks against civilian targets drops to 20% or less in most Muslim communities, which is still around 250 million people worldwide openly applauding heinous crimes against their fellow man, a gigantic, mind-numbing number, but also likely means that 1 in 4 of them are lying. If you’re going to support murdering your next door neighbor for converting to Christianity or stoning your daughter to death for having a boyfriend, what could you possibly care about a bus full of Brits getting blown to hell in London?Then there is the question of Sharia Law, which well over 80% of Muslims America favor making the official law of the land. Decidedly non-Western values like legalized slavery and second-class citizen status for non-Muslims would soon follow. Iraq recently showed what happens when you base a modern legal system on 7th century values - the Iraqi parliament is considering a bill that would legalize marriage for 9 year olds, prevent women from leaving the house without their husband’s consent, and permit marital rape, practices that most folk in the heartland of America would likely find not so moderate.American Muslims might not be jumping on the child rape bandwagon, but neither are they immune from radical morals and values. A 2012 WND survey found that over 50% of American Muslims agreed that those who “criticize or parody Islam in the U.S. should face criminal charges”, which kind of negates the First Amendment and quite a few other fundamental rights that most non-Muslim Americans hold dear.No wonder there is no mass movement in the Muslim community to stand up against brutality against women or minorities. No wonder there is no unified Islamic voice speaking out for moderation in these troubled times. When the majority of a community supports principles that actively oppose freedom and call for wholesale violence against the unbelievers, then that community can hardly be considered moderate.

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4/26/14 2:09 AM by Asp

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4/21/14 2:01 PM by endrebuild

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4/21/14 1:17 PM by DevilDawg

That is one Muslim I would feed the pork sausage to.

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4/19/14 7:50 AM by LuqmanMehboob

Winston Churchill"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step, and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it (Islam) has vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” Alexis de Tocqueville"I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world, and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion infinitely more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself."Marco Polo“The law which their prophet Mohamed has given to Muslims is that any harm done to anyone who does not accept their law and any appropriation of his goods, is no sin at all.”Arthur Schopenhauer "Consider, for example, the Koran. This wretched book was sufficient to found a religion of the world, to satisfy the metaphysical need of innumerable millions of men for twelve hundred years, to become the foundation of their morality, and of no small contempt for death, and also to inspire them to bloody wars and most extended conquests. We find in it the saddest and the poorest form of Theism. Much may be lost through the translations ; but I have not been able to discover one single valuable thought in it."Tripoli’s London Ambassador Abd al-Rahman to Thomas Jefferson & John Adams "It is written in the Quran that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their (Muslims) authority were sinners; that it was their right and duty to make war upon whoever they could find and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."

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4/18/14 11:13 PM by 2JupitersTooMany

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