Rahman – who was submitted by Canadian opponent Jeff Chan in the second round of their bantamweight clash – expressed his gratitude to ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for the opportunity to compete at the closed-door event in Singapore during ongoing efforts to contain the coronavirus.
In a three-minute video on Instagram, Rahman urged his followers not to give up on their dreams.
“It’s not the failure that stops us, but most stop at their first failure. Those who succeed, don’t stop at one or a million failures. This is my goal, and I will do whatever it takes to achieve it,” he said in an accompanying text message.
“I will learn fast, work harder, [and be] smarter, and I will not quit until my dreams become reality.”
After an injury sidelined him from competition for over a year, Rahman hoped to prevail in his return to the ONE Circle.
In the first stanza, Rahman defended well on the ground. His sprawls and scrambles in half-guard denied Chan the chance to unleash any ground and pound.
The action escalated in the second round as Chan attempted – and successfully – executed a double-leg takedown.
Unfortunately, in the ensuing battle for ground position near the Circle fence, Rahman gave up his back and succumbed to Chan’s rear-naked choke.
Though appearing at times dejected, the Singaporean apologized to his supporters. But also, he took to heart the positive encouragement he received on social media.
“I got every one of your replies and messages on social media. I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart,” Rahman said.
“But I just need some time to myself at this moment and I will be back.”
Despite not getting the win he wanted, the Singaporean resolved to keep trying and hoped his story could be a source of motivation for others.
“Failure is not the end, it’s just the start. The start of my comeback story,” he said. “Never quit, keep going, and I will get there in the end.”
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