After claiming a PXC belt, boxing title, and UFC victory, Jenel Lausa sees an even brighter 2017.
Following an impressive win inside the Octagon, Jenel Lausa shares his experience fighting in the world’s biggest stage.
According to the “Demolition Man,” he is glad to finally live his dream of competing in the UFC. He showed his striking prowess with a UD victory over Yao Zhikui in UFC Fight Night: Melbourne. With that victory, Lausa joins Team Lakay member Mark Eddiva as the only two Filipinos to win their first UFC bout.
“Ang pakiramdam ko sa unang laban ko sa UFC, sobrang excited,” Lausa tells the media during a press conference in Makati City. “Tapos nakakaproud na meron pang mga Filipino fighters (sa UFC) na di imposible makapasok sa UFC.”
Hailing from Iloilo, the 28-year old Lausa admits he feels pressure being the only active Pinoy fighter in the UFC roster. But he said he’s ready to take the challenge and represent the country and carry the flag. He has signed a two-year, four-fight contract with the promotion.
“Sa ngayon meron kasi siyempre (pressure). Parang ako din yung nagdadala ng bandila ng Pilipinas sa UFC (ngayon) kaya may konting pressure,” he adds.
“Pero tiyaga lang, sipag sa training, at tiwala lang kay God.”
Lausa also revealed that a fight in March is currently in the works, possibly in Las Vegas or in Ireland.
Ashley Bennett of the Philippine Vision Group, the team who now represents Lausa, says that they are planning to equip Jenel and his team for his upcoming fight by bringing in people who could help them for the fight. Another option is having a training camp in the US, depending where the fight will take place.
“Well for us, we want to make sure that Jenel has the best. If the best is willing to come to this country, he can stay here and train. At the moment, he’s planning to go overseas to improve on his game,” says Bennett.
“We know that nobody’s perfect, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and of course we want to provide Jenel everything he needs to succeed. So bringing here experts is what we plan to do. We must surround Jenel with the best people to give him the biggest success. The same thing with his coaches, we want to provide them with the best of opportunities as well.”
“At the moment, it’s not yet confirmed if the next fight’s gonna be in Vegas. That’s one of the (possible) locations that he could be fighting so until we actually have the next match made, we can’t commit to any kind of schedule cause obviously if he fights in Ireland, that’s gonna be a different gameplan so it depends. If it was to happen in Vegas then we will have him train in the States for one to two months.”
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