Singaporean star May Ooi announces retirement

Singaporean martial artist “Mighty” May Ooi has announced her retirement from combat competition after just six professional mixed martial arts bouts.


The 42-year old made the announcement on social media, Monday.


“It’s never easy to step away from the things you love to do. But there is a time for everything in the beautiful journey of life. My time is up for elite combat competition,” Ooi’s post read.


“I’ve had an unbelievable run in my competitive martial arts career. Topping off my competitive combat journey representing Singapore in the 2018 Asian Games in Jiu-Jitsu was a dream come true. I can’t even begin to thank the great people behind the scenes for making this journey memorable, exciting and simply mind blowing,” she continued.


Ooi’s mixed martial arts career began back in 2014, going 2-2 before catching the attention of Asian martial arts promotion ONE Championship.


Under the Singapore-based promotion, Ooi picked up two more victories, including a massive submission win over Malaysian women’s mixed martial arts icon Ann “Athena” Osman in her promotional debut back in August of 2017.


Ooi followed that up with another submission win over Vy Srey Kouch just three months later.


That would be the last time that fans got to see Ooi compete on the ONE Championship stage, but she would compete again, this time on the mats as she represented her home country in Jiu-Jitsu in the recently-concluded 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.


While Ooi found her way to mixed martial arts late in life, sports and competing has always been in her blood.


In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a young May Ooi was part of the Singapore National Team for swimming.


Aside from being a mixed martial artist and an Olympian in swimming and Jiu-jitsu, Ooi also manages and teaches in a capoeira studio.


Now, Ooi says that she will be dedicating her focus on helping develop sports in Singapore.


“I will turn my focus to serving and enabling the national sports communities of this island city, building a sporting culture for Singapore, supporting our national female athletes through the Women’s Sport Commission that is in the pipeline, developing my Capoeira students and community and growing my motivational speaking career. I will need your continued support as I play a different role in Singapore’s sporting arena,” her post concluded.