He’s willing to take 10 hits to the face rather than be out in the jungles
Since his victorious One Fighting Championship (FC) debut last October, Stephen Langdown has seen his stock rise but still faces the same struggles of most Singaporean men when it comes to being mobilised for reservist training.
“Having your normal routine interrupted is not easy,” said the mixed martial arts (MMA) bantamweight fighter. “But it’s something that all Singaporean men must go through in order to prepare ourselves to protect the country.”
Langdown, 21, is due to be called up for a three-week reservist stint less than a week after his upcoming bout with American Casey Suire at One FC’s Honor & Glory event on 30 May. Although there is a chance he might come out of the cage bleeding and battered, he feels that reservist training is more punishing than MMA’s.
“I would rather be hit 10 times in the face than be in the jungles. At least I can come home to a bed no matter how tough the day’s MMA training was, unlike in reservist where we have to be on our guard for days,” lamented Langdown.
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