Ana Julaton to Ann Osman: “I will steal your soul!”

What happens when you don’t feed a beast? It gets hungry and ready to devour the first thing you put in front of it. Such is the case with ONE Championship flyweight Ana Julaton.

The former boxing champ has been chomping at the bit to get back inside the ONE cage since her last MMA bout in December 2014, where she beat Walaa Abbas via decision in Manila. Though she hasn’t been seen much in the cage, that doesn’t mean she’s been out of training.

For the past year, she’s been working with Lundell MMA under Ricky Lundell for grappling and MMA, Angelo Reyes for her boxing, and David Gavic of Hybrid Performance for her conditioning. And while she’s been pounding it out in training, she’s had one fighter in mind: Ann Osman.

“My team has been asking all year [for me to fight] and I was surprised to not have been included in [the Manila card] this past April,” says Julaton. “I’ve been vocal in having a title fight against Ann Osman and I’m ready to throw it down in [ONE’s] December 11 event in Manila. Everyone in Asia, especially the Philippines, looks forward to this rematch.”

Osman beat Julaton via split decision in a very competitive bout in August 2014 and has since defeated Abbas and Aya Saber, both of whom Jualton has also beaten prior. Julaton and her team believe “Hurricane” won that first bout with Osman, and they want to put any doubt to rest by rematching the Malaysian stand out.

“I know in my heart I won our last match and many believe I lost a controversial split decision. The rematch should be a 5-round title fight for the 125lbs belt and I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time,” asserts Julaton. “It’s about time Osman stops fighting my leftovers, fight someone different, and get ready for me! I’m ready to knock her out, take that belt, add it to my collection of world title boxing belts, and make Filipinos all over the world proud.”

Julaton is a Kenpo Karate black belter and former pro boxing champion, but with extensive training with the Bishop Gorman Wrestling Team and Lundell MMA, she hopes to add to her fighting arsenal. Her boxing coach Angelo Reyes says she’s improved in leaps and bounds on the mat and even believes she could submit Osman in a rematch.

“Her wrestling and grappling are on a whole other level now,” he says. “If the same Osman [from] last August shows up, Ana will submit her for sure in a rematch. Keep in mind that the first time they fought, Ana hadn’t even met Ricky Lundell yet.”

Julaton works on her wrestling with coach Lundell. Photo via Ana Julaton
Julaton works on her wrestling with coach Lundell. Photo via Ana Julaton

ONE has yet to crown a female champion, but Julaton believes that a rematch with Osman would be the perfect way to crown the promotion’s inaugural female champ.

“Yes, [it’s about time ONE crowns a female champion]. My rematch against Osman is the fight to make it happen. I have a message for her: You may have stolen a win from me, but the next time we meet, I will steal your soul.”

Osman fights Irina Mazepa this weekend in Malaysia. It’s safe to say Julaton will be watching that fight very closely.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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