FOR someone then fighting for the first time outside of the Philippines and making his UFC debut, Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa was a picture of a fighter who was simply ready to rise to the occasion. If he had any form of nerves, it didn’t show at all. Using his superior striking game, he dominated Yao Zhikui and earned the unanimous decision win in their flyweight showdown at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Brunson in Melbourne, Australia, back in November.
Lausa notched his first win inside The Octagon and now rides a 5-fight winning streak in professional mixed martial arts (MMA). It also bookended a good year for Lausa in the world of combat sports. He won a regional MMA title earlier this year and a Philippine boxing title prior to his UFC call up. After his successful debut in the world’s premiere MMA organization, Lausa says, he wants to make the most out of the opportunity.
It has been a huge dream to get into the UFC and as he continues to fight, he hopes to be an inspiration to others-especially those from his hometown of Concepcion, Iloilo.
Lausa narrates that people from his hometown aren’t strangers to the concept of fighting — it’s what they do every day to make ends meet — something he himself lived through.MORE