FORMER female world boxing champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton said that her ground game is getting better and better every day with only few days left before her mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in One Fighting Championship’s Rise of Heroes on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Julaton, 33, who holds 13-4 win-loss record with two knockouts, told reporters during her open workout at the USA Muay Thai gym in Makati City on Tuesday that she is ready to face former Egyptian kickboxing champion Aya Saeid Saber.
“So far, my ground game is getting good every day, I’m working on it, it’s solid, and I’m very excited to fight in front of my fellow Filipinos,” said Julaton, a former World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Association super bantamweight champion.
“My training with mixed martial arts coaches is great, but I’m also focusing on stand up fight because my opponent is also a kick boxer,” she added. “My striking, of course, is also getting better and I’m looking for more combinations. I can’t wait for Friday to come but you know I’m ready in stand up fight and ground fight.”
Saber holds an MMA record of 2-3 and has been competing in the sports since 2012.
Julaton is expected to rely on her skills in boxing plus her prowess in tae kwon do and kenpo karate where she holds the rank of blackbelt.
She admitted that the transition to MMA has been physically tough but she’s enjoying it.