Malaysia’s own Sam Chan steps onto the world stage at Legend FC 11 on April 27, 2013 in front of his home crowd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The week of his fight with Indonesian Gugun Gusman at Legend 11 in Kuala Lumpur’s Chin Woo Stadium, Malaysian fighter Sam Chan spoke with with John Merva of MMA-in-ASIA about his life before MMA, how he sees his fight going down, and the current atmosphere of MMA in Malaysia.
Could you briefly explain what got you into martial arts in general and MMA in particular?
When I was young I always wanted to try martial arts, but my parents wouldn’t let me so I decided to go for cycling and joined the state team. When I was about 19 I decided that I was done with cycling and felt the time was right to get into martial arts – on the more extreme side!
What inspires you to keep going with MMA?
Martial arts have changed my whole life, without my training I would just be partying with a big belly and a pretty unhealthy life! Whenever I win or lose a competition it pushes me to keep improving, I don’t know the meaning of the word ‘stop’!
Please talk about your opponent – are there any particular weaknesses you’ve noticed or danger areas? How do you intend to overcome them?
Well, I haven’t had a lot of information about my opponent, I just know he’s a brawler with some wrestling. I haven’t really come up with a gameplan yet, but on fight day I’ll make my intentions pretty clear.
How do you see the fight going?
I would really love to finish him on the ground
How does it feel to be performing on the big stage here in KL? Have you felt any extra pressure, or is it just another day at the office for you?
I’m so happy Legend FC has come to KL. It’s really like a dream come true! Of course there’s a bit of extra pressure Malaysia is counting on Hanif (Muhammad Hanif Bin Zainal – also appearing on the card) and I to win, Hopefully we’ll put on a good show.
You suffered a setback in your last Legend fight, has this given you extra drive during your preparation for this fight?
I lost my last fight because my opponent was very strong and I was extremely nervous. Hopefully I’ll be a bit calmer this time round and things will be different!
What does the future hold for you? What are your goals within the sport?
Well, I have a day job working 8.30 to 5.30 in addition to my fight career but one day I would love to have the Legend FC belt on my mantelpiece!
Please give us your thoughts on the MMA scene here in Malaysia. Since you started your training, what changes have you seen?
The MMA scene in Malaysia is building up, there some good up-and-coming fighters. Give us some time and we’ll all improve drastically. I’m seeing an increase in local MMA competition here as well which is very encouraging. In the next five years or so I really think we’ll see more Malaysians holding belts.
Finally, is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would love to thank my sponsors H.I.T. Fitness & Martial Arts, Synergy Fitness Malaysia, Godzilla Team, Titans Fight Team and all my coaches and teammates that have helped me prepare for this fight.