“If you talk about what MMA does for Asian women, I would say it shows that women are also able to do the same thing that real athletes are doing, with regards to whatever sport.
“Just because we’re Asian women, it doesn’t mean that we’re unable to perform certain tasks or have certain skill-sets.”
Another woman who does not conform to stereotypes is the feisty Osman, who has promised via Twitter to “knock Sherilyn on her sorry Singapore city-girl butt.”
Trash-talking is not Lim’s way. But she says that when the steps into the brightly lit cage, for three five-minute rounds in front of thousands of spectators, she’ll be ready.
“You can say everything you want before you fight but when it comes down to that three rounds in the cage, there’s no talking needed,” she says. “It will be intense.”