LAS VEGAS—After winning Women’s WBO Super Bantamweight and IBA Super Bantamweight titles in boxing, Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton is now making a name in the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene. She is set to fight at the Dubai World Trade Centre on August 29.
On Wednesday, August 6, One Fighting Championship (ONE FC), Asia’s largest MMA organization, invited media to Ana Julaton’s workout session at the House of Ryu Gym. The California-based Filipina fighter also signed a contract with ONE FC.
Julaton made a three-round fight via TKO debut at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes on May 2, 2014 against Aya-Saeid Saber.
Julaton confirmed that she will be fighting with Malaysia’s first female fighter Ann “Athena” Osman at the “ONE FC: Reign of Champions.” Osman lost her debut against Singapore’s Sherylin Lim. She was supposed to fight Lim in a rematch, but did not push through because the Singaporean failed to make the straw weight limit.
Two-sport combat athlete
Julaton’s effort to reign in two physical sport gains her more than belts and titles, she recently received a prestigious award from Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NBHF) at the New Tropicana Las Vegas, Saturday, Aug. 9.
NBHF described Julaton as “the only athlete, male or female, to be competing at elite levels in both boxing and MMA. Ana, a two-time World Champion in boxing, made her MMA debut at a big ONE-FC card in Philippines in December, with a 3-round victory.” landing her a special achievement award.
The organization, for the second straight year, awarded Floyd Mayweather Jr. as Nevada Fighter of the Year. Some of the Hall of Fame inductees for this year includes Evander Holyfield, Sonny Liston, Cornelius Boza Edwards, George Foreman and Roberto Duran.
Boxers were not the only ones given spotlight for the night, boxing officials, media, promoters, executives and special contributors to the industry were given appreciation in the event.
“On top of the passion and inspiration I have to represent as a boxer and in the cage, just to add all my arsenal in there – when I get in the ring I have all my my Filipino community behind me, all the people in the boxing community behind me—I’m going to go in there with a whole lot of heart,” Julaton promised. “I’m a pure fighter. I wake up, I’m trying to shrimp out of bed. So this is what I live and breathe and what I want to do. I’m just living a dream. Thank you Victor Cui for this opportunity, I just want to bring it on,” said Julaton.
(LA Midweek August 14-20 Sec A pg.4)