Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan is set to compete later as he faces South Korea’s “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min on the undercard of ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST which emanates at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.
While his fans are excited to see his performance on his second appearance in the ONE Championship stage this year, there is also something about the 37-year-old Filipino veteran that they would like to know more — the story about his unique moniker “Jun Minion”
Tan shared that his moniker tells a lot of his personality, something that people likes about him in and out of the martial arts field.
“It came from my first fight in Malaysia back in 2013. The minion movie [Despicable me] just came out while I was training there and they ended up calling me Minion over there because I was always funny, always brought a smile in the gym and had a good attitude, but I was a bit naughty,” said Tan.
“They said I have the same character like the minions and at that time Victor Cui was actually in the audience and discovered me there and gave me his name card, so that’s how I also ended up going to the tryouts in Singapore and got a contract with ONE,” he added
Showing his minion like attitude inside the cage en route to a first-round submission victory in his professional debut against Putera Rudy of Singapore, Tan impressed the audiences and even got a thumbs up from Victor Cui of ONE Championship.
Now heading to 12th match as a pro this Saturday, “Jun Minion” doesn’t have any plans of changing his moniker for the rest of his career.
“I think it’s a fun nickname and it’s a lucky one for me too, because it brought me to the place I am now,” said Tan.
“I wouldn’t change it. I even got it tattooed on my right arm so I don’t think it’s a good idea to change it anyways.”