Filipino mixed martial artist and former professional boxer Jenel Lausa scored a successful Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut on Saturday night by beating Chinese Yao Zhikui in UFC Fight Night 101 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
The Ilonggo fighter was all over the Chinese fighter, hitting him with barrage of punches and takedowns throughout the three rounds of the undercard bout. The three judges all scored 30-27 in favor of Lausa.
“This win is going to be the first of many and I hope to get more blessings, more fights and hopefully I will eventually get to the belt,” Lausa told UFC.com.
Lausa, who hiked his win-loss record to 7-2, delivered a slid head kick to Yao in the second round before dominating the entire third round with various combinations.
Lausa was one of the fighters who would debut in UFC Manila in October but that event was postponed.
“I want to thank all of my family, my wife and son, my team, my fans, everyone who has always supported me in the Philippines and around the world, I am especially thankful to God for this blessing. This win is going to be the first of many and I hope to get more blessings, more fights and hopefully I will eventually get to the belt,” added Lausa.