LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- From the world of boxing to mixed martial arts (MMA), 34-year-old Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton wants to prove that she's the fighter to beat.
Julaton will be featured at ONE FC's Reign of Champions on August 29 at the Dubai World Trade Center.
“ONE FC has authentic rules -- they have soccer kicks, throw kicks to the face. You can have 12 to 6 elbow strikes and I feel like with that I’m able to challenge in that sense. I want to be accustomed to that nature, to that type of arena. I really want to focus on that and to excel to that... I think just having a martial arts background, just being a fan about it, just being able to understand the arts and ideas about it, and being able to apply in a control setting,” said Julaton.
Julaton currently holds a record of 13 wins, two losses and one draw in professional boxing .
Her upcoming MMA fight against Malaysian Ann "Athena" Osman will be her second. She won her first fight -- by knockout -- against Aya Saber.
Osman also has MMA experience in the ONE FC cage. She was in a roughshod slug fest with Singaporean Sherilyn Lim.
Julaton said she's excited every time she gets inside the cage.
“Just being able to step in there and just kinda deal with someone who has been committed trying to hurt you, I experienced that in the boxing world… I feel like it’s just another day at work. I feel like fighting is fighting if you have the proper mindset,” she said. “I’m ready to go.”
Veteran boxing analyst for Showtime Al Bernstein said Julaton is not only an awesome fighter but is also an inspiration to women all over the world.
“She was a boxer but she has kickboxing skills and muay thai skills. She brings things to this ...so that makes it a great move for her… A lot of women boxers now are thinking about this because they have an interest and acumen for it, because the world of MMA provides opportunity for women,” said Berstein.
Bernstein added that if Julaton finds MMA more gratifying, she needs to stick to MMA instead of going back to boxing.
Meanwhile, Julaton was recognized at the recent Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame for being the only elite athlete competing both in boxing and MMA.