MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American fighter Ana Julaton doesn't think much of the capabilities of her opponent, Ann "Athena" Osman of Malaysia, ahead of their clash at ONE FC on August 29.
The former world boxing champion says she would rather focus on her own game plan coming into the cage fight, which will take place at the Dubai World Trade Center.
“My team and I are constantly working on my style of fighting, which will be unique than most because of my experience in boxing and the martial arts. It's not my opponents I worry about, it's me that I focus on,” Julaton said in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.
It will be Julaton’s second mixed martial arts (MMA) fight since beating Aya Saber in Manila last May.
The MMA fight card, "Reign of Champions," will also feature a welterweight title fight between Ben Askren and Nobutatsu Suzuki and a lightweight championship bout between Shinya Aoki and Kamal Shalorus.
Julaton said one lesson that she picked up during her MMA debut against Saber is to focus on her task even while under attack.
“My opponent had much more experience than I did in MMA and was targeting me for a win. Despite what she did, I had to focus on what I needed to do and just fight,” said the San Francisco-born fighter.
Julaton also said that she hopes to fight in Manila again sometime in December for her local fight fans.
“There have been talks of me having another MMA fight in December. I haven't been thinking about that much at the moment because I've been focusing on August 29. Nevertheless, I can't wait to fight again and represent Filipinos all over the world,” she said.