Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton, the first Filipina boxer to win the women’s World Boxing Organization Super Bantamweight and International Boxing Association Super Bantamweight World Championships will fight Aya Saeid Saber, an Egyptian kickboxing champion in her mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in One Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes on May 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“ONE FC is returning to the Philippines with a night of exciting MMA action. Filipino fight fans have been clamoring to see Ana Julaton in action for years and their wait is finally over as Julaton will make her MMA debut opposite kickboxing champion Aya Saeid Saber. This explosive bout completes the lineup for ONE FC: Rise of Heroes, said One FC Chief Executive Officer Victor Cui.
Julaton’s signing with ONE FC marks her first step to becoming a two-sport athlete. Her overpowering attacks in the ring earned her the nickname “The Hurricane” and made her a fan favorite in the Philippines. It took her only five professional bouts to win a championship in boxing and she hopes her MMA career will be equally successful.
“Aya Saber is an experienced MMA warrior and champion in kickboxing. I know she will bring her very best on May 2nd. I’m training for my ONE FC homecoming fight in Manila harder than ever before and what gives me strength through my ups and downs are the hearts of my kababayan [compatriots]all over,” said Julaton.
Saber, who has conquered the kickboxing scene in the Middle East now sets her sights on scaling ONE FC’s highly competitive female circuit. She combines explosive kicks with steadily improving takedown skills. This is a clash of striking styles and Saber is relishing her opportunity to upstage Julaton and upset the boxing world champion in front of her 20,000-strong Filipino home crowd.
“I am excited and honored to be the first female mixed martial artist from Egypt to compete in ONE FC. I can’t wait to get into the cage and beat Ana and make my fight team and family proud. Unlike Ana, I am not new to MMA. Be careful Ana, you are entering my world. I’m coming,” said Saber.