WBC Asia Champion Nagaowa Looks Forward to Become the First Filipina MMA Champion

WBC Asia Atomweight Champion Jujeath Nagaowa with One FC CEO Mr. Victor Cui

WBC Asia Atomweight Champion Jujeath Nagaowa with One FC CEO Mr. Victor Cui

For Baguio City-born boxer Jujeath Nagaowa, the journey to becoming the first Filipina mixed martial arts champion starts on December 6 this year before a hometown crowd at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.

“My dream is to become an MMA champion,” Nagaowa declared.

As the first female mixed martial arts fighter from the Philippines seeking her rightful place in the male-dominated sport, Nagaowa is taking the challenge in stride and with confidence.

“There is no pressure, just very excited to get in there and show what I can do,” said Nagaowa, who now lives in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The Filipina boxer will be one of the main attractions in One Fighting Championship’s (One FC) thrilling matches at the 20,000-seater MOA Arena in Pasay City. She will be facing Siti Syahida Binte Adek, a muay thai fighter from Malaysia.

Before fixing her eyes on the more exciting world of mixed martial arts, Nagaowa used to be the WBC Asia atomweight champion who has beaten the best boxers in Asia.           

What triggered the shift, the petite Filipina has this to say: “I’ve always been an MMA fan, and it’s growing so fast in the Philippines right now. I just feel like testing myself in new territory and MMA is the place to do it.”

She said her motivation in bringing her skills to another battlefield “is to challenge myself and push myself to accomplish greater things in my career.”

Nagaowa has good footwork that she uses to get out of her opponents’ punches and has knockout power in both hands.

She’s currently undergoing intense training in Baguio along with fellow MMA combatants Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, and Kevin Belingon, who will all figure in breath-taking battles with separate opponents on Dec. 6.

Since mixed martial arts cover more fight disciplines, Nagaowa said her hands are full getting familiar with and trying to excel in many techniques. “I need to make sure I cover all of those bases.”

To be a successful and effective MMA fighter, one has to be familiar with not only one martial art but also with other fight disciplines like wrestling, boxing, taekwondo, jiu jitsu, which focuses on leverage and speed to control and submit an opponent with a variety of chokes and locks on the ground, and muay thai, which uses a variety of strikes with the fist, elbows, knees and foot. 

Nagaowa guaranteed that with her on the cage, Filipino fans should expect an exciting fight. “I will keep going forward and putting pressure.”

She stressed that she’s dedicating her first MMA fight to all the Filipino fans in attendance and the millions more watching at home. “I want to show the world that women in the Philippines are good at MMA too!”

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