ONE Championship strawweight king Joshua Pacio is confident that teammate Jenelyn Olsim only needs a few more fights before getting the title shot.
Coming from a defending champion himself, Pacio believes that Olsim’s debut in ONE Championship is a testament that Team Lakay is not only known for their striking but as fighters with complete package in their arsenal.
“Kung papanoorin natin, she’s a well-rounder athlete noong laro niya. Mapa-stand up, sa wrestling or sa grappling,” said Pacio during the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. “I think she is ahead ng three steps sa kalaban niya…
“I think kung magtuloy-tuloy ‘yung performance niya, one or two fights, I think makukuha niya ‘yung title shot. Ganon kabilis,” added the 25-year-old Pacio.
Olsim did not disappoint after scoring a third-round submission win over Brazilian Maira Mazar of Evolve MMA in ONE: Fists of Fury III last March 19.
Her victory made it into the promotion’s Top 5 mixed martial arts submission for the first quarter of 2021.
Using her body weight, Olsim tripped Mazar with her leg from standing position to execute a deep guillotine choke for the win, taking the Brazilian’s No. 5 spot in the women’s strawweight division.
The 23-year-old Olsim, for her part, said she is still a rookie in the Circle and taking down the fighters in the ranking is one way to prove her worth.
“Kung possible naman po, diretso na [laban sa top-ranked] pero mas worth it talaga if we climb the ranking,” said Olsim, a muay thai silver medalist in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Completing the strawweight’s top athletes are current champion Xiong Jing Nan of China, No. 1 Tiffany Teo of Singapore, No. 2 Michelle Nicolini of Brazil, No. 3 and atomweight queen Angela Lee of Singapore, and No. 4 Ayaka Miura of Japan.