ONE Championship MMA Profile: Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton

Filipino mixed martial arts fanatics are in for a big surprise in the ONE Championship: Spirit of Champions as Filipino American Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton faces off with the Russian Irina Mazepa. ONE Championship: Spirit of Champions is happening on December 11, 2015, at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

To tickle your MMA taste buds, here’s a little Q&A with Ana Julaton.

ONE Championship: What was your thought about the upcoming fight against Irina Mazepa?

Ana Julaton: It was the fight that was supposed to happen last year. It was a fight that was ready to be made and I’m glad it was happening in Manila. I am looking forward to this fight, I’m pumped!

OC: Irina Mazepa debuted impressively with a first round KO of Ann Osman. What do you think about that fight?

AJ: Irina Mazepa is a powerful striker for sure. To see what she did to Osman in Malaysia in front of a sold-out hometown crowd was spectacular and proved Mazepa can fight and has no pressure as the visitor. But even when she won the fight, my heart didn’t skip a beat. I mean I was looking for it anyhow, she has really good game.

OC: Did you learn about Mazepa watching that fight?

AJ: I know that she’s strong, she’s experienced in the stand-up but I also know too that she’s limited in certain areas and I see that as an advantage on my side.

OC: What have you been working on since your last fight?

AJ: I’ve stayed busy at at Bishop Gorman, training four times a week to integrate grappling techniques to my overall game. I worked hard with my coach, Ricky Lundell, who has helped me improve my ground game. I’ve got to credit a lot to my team, and my coach is super organised, and he knows which buttons to push to make me want to work.

OC: What are your plans after this fight against Irina Mazepa?

AJ: I got a couple of fights left with ONE Championship and I’m looking forward in finishing off with some really, really homerun knockout performances. Like when I take care of Irina, I wanna call Ann Osman like you know, it’s up to the play. I really finish your job and I was going in and continue with our job and then let’s get it on.

What do you think of Ana Julaton’s fight going to be like? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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