'The Hurricane' Julaton makes jump to MMA

Posted at 04/03/14 5:20 PM

Julaton to fight in Manila on May 2

Taking her cue from UFC’s Ronda Rousey, former world boxing champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton has decided to compete in women’s mixed martial arts (MMA).

The Filipino-American has signed up with ONE FC and will be lined up to fight at the promotion’s Manila card on May 2, according to Kevin Iole’s report to Yahoo! Sports.

Although she competed exclusively in women’s boxing, where she won the women's WBO and IBA super bantamweight titles, she also trained in mixed martial arts (MMA).

"I have the background in martial arts and I've always had an interest in the UFC," said Julaton.

"But I started training in Las Vegas and that gave me the chance to go out and watch the fights more regularly. Doing that, I saw how there were so many different options. In boxing, you're limited to your left and right hands. In MMA, I understand kicks. I understand the ground game. It was so intriguing being able to fight with all these tools, not just my hands,” she added.

Julaton was inspired by Rousey’s success in women’s MMA, especially when "Rowdy" became the first UFC female champion.

"Everything Ronda has, she has earned and she has worked extremely hard for, and that's been inspirational for me to watch as a fan," Julaton said.

As a boxer, the Fil-Am holds a record of 13 wins, four defeats and 1 draw.

If her May 2 MMA bout pushes through, she will fight alongside fellow Filipino fighters Eduard Folayang, Eugene Toquero and Jujeath Nagaowa in ONE FC: Rise of Heroes.

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