At UFC 210, Jenel Lausa gets an opportunity to climb the flyweight rankings with a win over top Russian prospect.
Filipino flyweight Jenel Lausa knows that he has to be ready for everything now that he’s fighting in MMA’s biggest stage. As he gears up for his toughest challenge to date, no stone is left unturned.
Four months after his successful Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night: Melbourne, the 28-year old Lausa gets a huge step-up in competition. “The Demolition Man” will be up against highly-touted Magomed Bibulatov in UFC 210 this April. He sees the fight both as test and an opportunity to barge into the rankings.
“Itong upcoming fight ko sa UFC 210 this April ay napakahalaga. Hindi lang ito ang pinakamahirap na laban sa aking career, ito rin sa tingin ko ang magde-determine ng rank ko sa UFC,” Lausa tells Dojo Drifter during one of his training sessions at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
Unlike Yao Zhikui, Lausa’s recent opponent, Bibulatov boasts an impressive wrestling pedigree with speed and power to complement it. That made “The Gladiator” undefeated in all his thirteen fights. He’s also regarded as one of the top 125-pound fighters in the world. He’s seen by many as a threat to longtime champ Demetrious Johnson.
Although unfazed with his upcoming challenge, Lausa knows that striking alone wouldn’t be enough for him to win. He said he’s worked on his game tirelessly both on the feet and ground. An impressive win would earn Lausa a spot in the UFC’s flyweight rankings.
Sobrang grateful ako sa mga Pinoy fighters na nag-pave way satin para makalaban tayo sa UFC.
“Pinaghahandaan namin ito araw-araw. Nag-focus kami sa takedown defense tsaka sa wrestling niya kasi alam naman natin na hindi siya basta-basta makikipagsabayan sa atin. Inaaral din namin yung technique niya at kung paano siya dedepensahan at ma-counter. Masurprise lang siya sa gagawin natin.”
For Lausa, a victory is his way of showing gratitude to the people that inspired him in competing. He’s motivated to give his best every single time he steps inside the cage and to continue what his forerunners have started inside the Octagon.
“Sobrang grateful ako sa mga Pinoy fighters na nag-pave way satin para makalaban tayo sa UFC.” Lausa says, “Gagawin ko lahat ng best ko para patuloy na magbigay karangalan sa bayan at para maka-inspire pa ng mga fighters gaya ng ginawa nila para satin.”