A positive mindset toward UFC Melbourne kept Jenel Lausa busy and ready for his Octagon debut.
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]F[/mks_dropcap]ormer PXC flyweight champ Jenel Lausa was groomed to become the first homegrown Filipino fighter to make his Octagon debut in the country. He’s supposed to be the first on the main card as well.
That was until UFC Manila 2 was postponed after BJ Penn pulled-out from the card due to an injury. Despite of this, Lausa stuck with his positive heading to his fight opposite Yao ZhiKui. This time, the two will face in Melbourne, Australia on November 26.
“Sa akin naman, maganda din naman yung na-extend kasi makapag-prepare pa ako ng mas maayos sa training ko,” Lausa told Dojo Drifter. “At blessing din naman na na-move yung laban sa Australia yung laban natin. Siyempre diba, abroad na yan eh so OK parin sakin.”
Lausa’s opponent, Yao, made his way into the UFC by joining The Ultimate Fighter: China. He knocked out Solomon Chong in the elimination round before yielding to Yang Jian Ping in the semis. After the show, the China Top Team standout has fought inside the UFC with a record of 1-2.
According to Lausa, he and his team made the most of the extended period time. They’ve dissected Yao’s tendencies in fighting. Knowing that his opponent is well versed in wrestling and Sanda, he added extra work on the grappling aspect.
Before his UFC Melbourne debut, Jenel Lausa trained with the Philippine wrestling team; to be able to neutralize Yao’s ground attacks and execute his game plan.
“Nakikita ko sa mga laban niya na wrestler siya kaya nagfofocus din ako sa wrestling defense dahil alam ko naman na mas magaling siya sa wrestling. Pero sakin naman, di naman ako siguro mate-takedown,” he said.
Lausa hopes that one day, he’ll get to fight in front of his countrymen. But for now, he has to do it more than six thousand kilometers away.
“The Demolition Man” wants nothing more than a victory to kick off his UFC career. At the same time, make every Filipino fight fan proud.
“Nanghihinayang din ako kasi siyempre dito sana sa Pilipinas gaganapin. Kasi kung dito sana, full support yung satin na mga kababayan natin ‘di ba? Nagtraining ako ng sobra-sobra para sa kanya. At para makapagpakita ako ng magandang laban.”