Victorious debut for Team Lakay’s Olsim at ONE in Singapore

TEAM LAKAY’S JENELYN OLSIM was victorious in her ONE Championship main roster debut on Friday.

TEAM Lakay women’s strawweight fighter Jenelyn Olsim made it a rousing main roster debut in ONE Championship, fashioning out an impressive third-round submission victory at “ONE: Fists of Fury III” on Friday in Singapore.

Fighting for the first time after over a year, Ms. Olsim, 23, a product of the ONE Warrior Series, hardly showed rust as she dominated number five-ranked contender in the division Maira Mazar of Brazil throughout the contest en route to submitting the latter by way of a power guillotine.

Ms. Olsim paraded her patented Team Lakay wushu skills in the early goings of the fight, keeping Ms. Mazar at range with her crisp striking combinations.

The Brazilian tried to shorten the distance and grapple, but the Filipino defended well against her opponent’s moves.

In the third and final round, Ms. Olsim secured a power guillotine against the Circle Wall, pulling guard to force Ms. Mazar to tap.

The win took Ms. Olsim’s record to 4-2 while sending Ms. Mazar (7-4) to her fourth career defeat.

The victory also got the Team Lakay fighter back on the winning track after a defeat in her last fight.

Ms. Olsim now hopes to build on the momentum she got from the win as she positions herself as another contender for the hardware currently held by “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China.

Also winning at Fists of Fury III were Regian “The Immortal” Eersel of Suriname and Janet “J.T.” Todd of the United States.

Mr. Eersel successfully defended the ONE lightweight kickboxing world championship by unanimous decision over challenger Mustapha “Dynamite” Haida of Italy while Ms. Todd was also a unanimous winner over Australian Alma Juniku in their atomweight muay thai encounter.

Next for ONE Championship is “ONE on TNT I” on April 8, which will be headlined by the mixed martial arts flyweight world championship clash between champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil and challenger Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the United States.

Meanwhile, Team Lakay’s Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang and Eduard “Landslide” Folayang are set for ONE action in April.

Mr. Adiwang (12-3) will face American sensation Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks on April 15 at “ONE on TNT II” while Mr. Folayang, a former two-time lightweight champion, will take on Japanese Yoshihiro Akiyama on April 29 at “ONE on TNT IV.” — Michael Angelo S. Murillo

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