Jenelyn Olsim is making the most of her transition to the atomweight division after having the chance to be part of the women’s grand prix through an alternate bout against Jihin Radzuan of Malaysia in ONE: NEXTGEN II next month.
“I’m very excited to earn my spot in the Grand Prix. I know Jihin is a very good technical fighter and she’s very dangerous on the ground, so it’s something I will have to be wary about,” said Olsim, who holds a 5-2 mixed martial arts record.
After her successful debut in the strawweight, the 24-year-old Olsim tested her wares in the atomweight against veteran fighter Bi Nguyen and earned a unanimous decision win last August.
The Team Lakay stalwart made back-to-back victories after submitting season Brazilian grappler Maira Mazar to take the No. 5 spot in the strawweight.
With the introduction of the alternate bouts, Olsim seized the opportunity and accepted the task to be part of the alternate bout in the grand prix on November 12 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
“I’m really happy to get this opportunity again even if I’m only considered as an alternate. This is one of the main reasons why I moved weight classes because I really wanted to be part of the Grand Prix,” said Olsim.
Her first chance, after defeating Nguyen, went into naught following the withdrawal of her opponent Grace Cleveland due to health concerns.
Radzuan, for her part, also scored a unanimous decision victory against Nguyen last December to improve at a 6-2 record.
And if opportunity knocks once more, Olsim has set sights on Indian rising star Ritu Phogat, who will clash with Japanese sensation Itsuki Hirata in the semifinals.
“I am excited to take on Ritu Phogat. I saw that she is really good at wrestling and it’s a skill that I really want to test myself against in my next matches,” added Olsim.