‘Emotional’ Singapore MMA fighter Sherilyn Lim fails to lose weight for One FC bout


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Leading up to Sherilyn Lim’s second fight as a pro mixed martial artist, much of the media attention was centered on her stunning transformation from fat kid to fighting-fit athlete.

But in a cruel twist of fate, the Singaporean’s weight issues returned to haunt her mere hours before her rematch with Malaysia’s Ann Osman on Friday evening.

Their scheduled One Fighting Championship bout was scrapped after 23-year-old Lim failed to make weight.

On Thursday morning’s official weigh-in, she exceeded her 52kg straw-weight limit by 3.1kg and was given an hour to lose the kilograms.

When Lim returned, she was so weak and emaciated that this writer had to help her take her clothes off before she stepped up to the scale.

However, the Fight G gym representative and employee still remained 2.3kg over the limit.

The fate of the fight was then left to Osman, who had to decide if she was willing to ignore the weight discrepancy and step into the cage with a woman who had already beaten her once.

Osman, 27, took all afternoon until finally, at 7pm, her team made the call to cancel the match. She declined to comment, but later took to Facebook to express her disappointment.

"A total waste of time, money and energy," Osman ranted on her personal profile. "My opponent did not act professionally... she was just not physically and mentally prepared."

[See all the photos from the weigh-ins for One FC: War of Nations in Malaysia]

Lim’s coach, Darren de Silva, told Yahoo Singapore: “Unfortunately things didn’t go as smooth for us and we had an issue with the weight cut. We have exercised all means and measures, done everything we could, and she’s still a bit over.”

He was nothing but apologetic to Osman’s team.

“Ann’s camp has every right to be fed up with us. Our fighter didn’t make weight and we take responsibility for it,” said de Silva.

“I’m very, very sorry to Ann’s camp. I know they put a lot on the line to be here; they sacrificed a lot of time, effort and I’m really very sorry about that.”

Meanwhile, a visibly fatigued Lim admitted it was “a very hard weight cut” but could not elaborate.

Word from sources close to the Singaporean pointed to some form of “emotional and mental” breakdown. While no further details were obtainable at the time, hers was a plight that Victor Cui, One FC CEO, appeared to sympathise with. 

“She’s a young fighter and has only fought professionally once. One of the challenging things for a new fighter in this sport is to make weight,” said Cui. “You need to have a lot of experience planning your diet for months out, coming in. It’s not an easy thing."

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