MANILA, Philippines—Competing in vovinam within the thirty first Southeast Asian Games has added extra putting methods to Jenelyn Olsim’s arsenal forward of her struggle in opposition to Julie Mezabarba in ONE 158 on Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Buoyed by her bronze medal end within the Vietnamese conventional martial artwork within the Hanoi Games, Olsim is out to convey her learnings from the game to the atomweight division of ONE Championship.
“It’s a big boost to my striking since I also compete in the 55-kilogram in vovinam,” stated Olsim in Filipino throughout her digital media availability on Friday.
“I learned the importance of scoring from the sport. It’s not how strong your kicks or knocking out your opponent. It’s all about finding a way to score.”
“Competing in vovinam really helped me in my preparation. I had a great time in the tournament,” she added.
The 25-year-old, who additionally had a profession in Muay Thai and kickboxing earlier than changing into knowledgeable MMA fighter, put premium on her takedowns and wrestling protection in her preparation in opposition to her Brazilian foe.
“She’s a striker. I prepared for the grounds part because during my last fight, my weakness was in wrestling,” Olsim stated. “In my previous fights, my opponents always attempt for a down, which I haven’t developed yet.”
“I worked on having strong and aggressive takedowns. I think I’m more confident now in attempting takedowns, but I still have to follow our game plan,” she added.
Olsim yielded to Indian wrestling savant Ritu Phogat within the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix semifinals on ONE: NEXTGEN final October 2021, which was her final struggle.
The Team Lakay stalwart was presupposed to tackle Malaysian star Jihin Radzuan at ONE: Bad Blood in February 2022 however needed to pull out attributable to damage.
After the earlier cancellation of her fights, Olsim is all set to return to motion, eyeing a victory over Mezabarba in Singapore.
“After my matches were repeatedly canceled, I didn’t stop preparing. Now, I am one hundred percent confident and ready for this fight,” she stated.
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