Malaysian fighter Ann Osman handed former boxing world champion Ana Julaton her first defeat in her mixed martial arts (MMA) stint by narrowly claiming a split decision against the 34-year-old Filipina on the undercard of One FC: Reign of Champions on Friday night, August 29 at the World Trade Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Osman relied on her takedowns and productive work in the clinch to pacify Julaton’s stand-up leverage, which became a significant factor in the opening salvo of the scheduled three-round flyweight contest.
Julaton wobbled her Malaysian counterpart with vicious strikes in the initial proceedings, but Osman found a way to neutralize the barrage by dragging her opponent down to the mat and securing the mount position to rain down blows to the head.
Seeing an opening to lock an armbar submission, Osman gave up the dominant posture to latch on the hold, leaving Julaton with no choice but to hang on and wait for the bell.
Osman brought back the action to the floor in the second stanza, where she transitioned from top position to a guttural side control.
The female MMA competitor known as “Athena” was able to fasten another armbar that prompted Julaton to hit her heel multiple times on Osman for her release.
Sensing the urgency to conclude the final round on a positive note, Julaton surged like a snorting bull as she bombed away with heavy shots, but her 28-year-old foe weathered the storm by getting her back, coercing the 5-foot-5 “Hurricane” to defend with her pitiable guard.
As Osman placed herself on mount again, Julaton managed to reverse the position and nailed a few short punches.
Osman was able to catch a desperate Julaton in a triangle grip, but she gave it up to punish her Pinay adversary until the final bell of the match.
With the victory over a world-class boxer in Julaton, Osman claims her first win as an MMA combatant and improves her record to 1-1.
On the other hand, Julaton (1-1) drops her first MMA bout since her successful debut this past May at One FC: Rise of Heroes, where she stopped Egyptian kickboxing titlist Aya Saeid Saber via third-round technical knockout.
Along with Julaton’s setback, fellow Filipino standout Vaughn Donayre (7-2) bowed down to Mohammed Walid (4-0) by first-round armbar submission. The official time was 1:05. – Rappler.com