MANILA, Philippines – Irina Mazepa spoiled Ana Julaton’s return from a one-year hiatus inside the ONE Championship cage by dominating the former boxing world champion in 3 rounds to claim a decision victory on the undercard of ONE: Spirit of Champions on Friday, December 11 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
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All 3 cageside officials unanimously favored Mazepa, who improves her mixed martial arts record to 2-0.
On the other hand, Julaton downgrades to a 2-2 win-loss standing with a lackluster performance as she shied away from her superb boxing background.
The intention was clear as daylight with Julaton trying to score her first takedown in the bout, but Mazepa was successful in holding her posture along the cage’s fence while looking to latch on a standing guillotine choke on two occasions.
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The 35-year-old Filipina-American managed to convert one in the dying seconds of the opening salvo, but she was unable to inflict damage on the Russian kick boxer.
As Julaton refused to relent with Mazepa in the stand-up exchange in the second round, Mazepa capitalized by clobbering solid left hooks and crisp right straights that opened the floodgates of blood from her opponent’s nose.
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The 32-year-old native of St. Petersburg, Russia pushed away Julaton and maintained her distance by hiring stinging jabs before stuffing a takedown attempt.
However, as Julaton was forcefully chasing Mazaepa, she was caught by an accidental eye-poke that prompted referee Oliver Coste to call a timeout.
With the referee signaling to resume the action, Julaton immediately charged Mazepa and was able slump her heavy-handed foe to the mat.
Mazepa easily had the cruise control of the third and final frame, where she peppered Julaton with more stiff jabs and stunned the Fil-Am boxer with a well-timed spinning back-fist.
Julaton tastes the second disappointing loss in her MMA career since transitioning to the sport in early 2014.
Her first defeat was against Malaysian prospect Ann Osman, whom Mazepa knocked out in the first round this past October.
Meanwhile, another Filipino fighter failed to hoist the Philippine flag aloft on the preliminary card of ONE: Spirit of Champions.
Brazilian flyweight Alex Silva (3-1) overwhelmed Ruel Catalan (2-7) with his grappling pedigree, pulling off a quick work of the Pinoy Wushu practitioner with a knee bar at 3:53 of the first round. – Rappler.com
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