Sports Illustrated model makes shock switch to MMA

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Mia Kang has announced she's taking up a career in Muay Thai and already has her first pro fight lined up.

The model from Hong Kong tweeted "It's on B***hes" after Sport Illustrated revealed the news on Twitter.

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Kang won the Sports Illustrated 2016 swimsuit model search and Swimsuit rookie of the year in 2017.

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The 28-year-old has reportedly been preparing for her opening fight by living with other fighters in Thailand while on a training camp.

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Kang says she discovered Muay Thai whilst on holiday.

"By throwing myself into this sport," she told People Magazine.

"I learned to love my body and respect my body, I learned how to nourish it and to treat it with respect."

She added: "I got a lot bigger, I gained muscle, I have definition, I have abs.

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"I can do things with my body that I never thought I could do in terms of athleticism and fitness.

"As I developed and progressed in the sport, everything that has happened to my body, I've embraced it and welcomed it.

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"The self-love and appreciation that I learned from Muay Thai coupled with booking Sports Illustrated gave me confidence."

Her fight is expected to take place in Koh Samui, Thailand, in early May.