10 Questions With Hussain Jan Turi
Our resident Pakistani fighter Hussain recently went through a tough battle against Dhiaaul Amal for the Octagon Fighting Championship Finals on the 22nd of June 2019. Having won the belt despite losing to Amal via Armbar during the early stages of the tournament, Hussain was able to muster a performance against Amal. We sat down with Hussain and got to know the first OFC champion and his take on his entire martial arts journey.
1) In your own words, introduce yourself
My name is Hussain Jan Turi, I am of Pakistani origin and have been based in Malaysia for the past 4 years. I have been training and learning Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling. I also have some teaching experience especially in Boxing and MMA.
2) What's your family like? Any siblings? Growing up in Pakistan.
I have 2 brothers and 1 sister, my younger brother is still studying while the elder brother and sister work.
I wasn’t good in school when I was growing up. I used to watch Jackie Chan movies which help develop an interest in Kung-Fu, despite me breaking my collarbone, it did not deter me from pursuing martial arts
3) Living in Malaysia as a Pakistani national, what has the experience been like? How did you end up in Malaysia?
My uncle is a doctor here in Malaysia and has been living in Malaysia for the past 20 years, I came here in hopes of developing a business but halfway through I chose my own journey and started practicing Mixed Martial Arts
4) Martial Arts is a transformative experience, how has it changed your life?
I managed to make friends from all across the world! I doubt I would have the opportunity if I didn’t train in martial arts.
5) What was your first bout like? Explain your unique relationship with your teammate Mostafa Radi
My first fight was in MIMMA 3 against a bigger built guy from Tajikistan, 6 months of blood, sweat and tears only to get myself beaten up for three rounds! I lost badly but the crowd still cheered on for me, it was from that moment on, I fell in love with competitive MMA.
With regards to Mostafa, we started out as opponents at MIMMA, before becoming teammates. 36 seconds of the first few minutes of round 1 was all he needed to knock me out. I sought out Mostafa out after the fight and began training with him. Eventually I made the move to Monarchy and brought Mostafa with me. He is a very good training partner, helping me out with whatever I need and occasionally corners me when I compete.
6) Describe how you felt during your biggest win and your biggest loss thus far
My biggest win thus far was my 4th fight, I lost 3 bouts prior and was under tremendous pressure to perform. When I won that fight, I felt as though I won a world title, it was very satisfying.
The first 3 losses in my martial arts career made me consider hanging up my gloves and giving up for good. Luckily enough, I had good support and the strong will of my teammates and coaches who urged me onwards. I now have renewed confidence and motivation thanks to them.
7) Coaches and Teammates are part and parcel of the journey, how has it been training with them?
I am very lucky to be on a team like Monarchy, they urge me onwards as I work to improve all aspects of my martial arts game. Coaches like Mehdi, Bruno, Conrado and JC have been guiding me throughout my time in Monarchy and with teammates like Agilan, Shaqueme, Mostafa, Colleen, Keanu and many others. I only see them pushing me to be better.
8) When fighting for the belt, explain the lead up to it; mindset, gameplan, fears?
The game plan was to bring the fight to my opponent and wrestle with him for 5 rounds all the while watching out for submission attempts. It was this game plan that helped me secure the belt!
9) What is your guilty pleasure in terms of song, food and activity?
I am not much of a foodie but when it comes to music, Spanish, Bollywood and Pakistani music are some of my favourite genres but I also have a soft spot for Pop music
10) What's the plans for the future?
Just to keep on fighting, I do hope I am able to attract the attention of the ONE Championship staff and make a debut there but as I said, all I wanna do is fight and test myself against good competition.