By LITO DELOS REYES
FORMER professional boxer Jujeath “Bad Girl” Nagaowa is now very excited in her much-awaited comeback in the Mixed Martial Arts on July 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for WSOF GC 3’s Philippines vs. The World Fight.
“I’m very excited and more than ready, I’ve been waiting to stage a comeback. Buong puso ko at buong isip ko ibibigay ko sa laban na ito. Gusto ko ipakita sa kababayan natin na kaya ng Pilipina lumban sa mga taga ibang bansa,” said Nagaowa,, who has a clean record of 2-0 win-loss card.
Nagaowa, a native of Benguet, will be facing Japanese MMA fighter Yuko Kiryu in the undercard.
She has been training at the Highlands Gym in La Trinidad, Benguet. Fans from up North would also trek down to Manila just to watch her much anticipated comeback.
Her MMA fans would remember her exciting bouts in her previous fights, wherein she would compete for the undercard. Most fans recall that they had to make sure that they arrive at the stadium on time to catch her fight, which was usually the first one in a card of ten matches.
Nagaowa is trained boxer and a former titleholder for the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) light flyweight division. She is also a former WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Atomweight titleholder. She was once interviewed in Wall Street Journal, which had a headline that read, ‘Female Boxer Fights to Open Mixed Martial Arts Doors for Filipino Women’.
“With our MMA organization as well, Jujeath is given the opportunity to have possible exposure in more international fights,” said Jason Lilly, vice-president for Operations of the Las Vegas-based World Series of Fighting-Global Championship (WSOF-GC).
Previous fights of WSOF GC in Asia were held in China and Japan, and they are slated to do more fights within the Asian region. Apart from which, WSOF GC has affiliates around the world including partners in Argentina, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Italy, etc. More partnerships will be announced as well in the next few months.
WSOF GC’s owner also happens to be a Filipina, Dunessa Hesser, who is based in Las Vegas, but was born in Escalante, Bacolod.
“The Philippines is known very well for combat sports and Filipino fans are very passionate. Despite that, very few Philippine MMA fighters have gained global recognition,” said Dunesa.
She added: “We hope to change that by promoting them not only on events in the Philippines, but international events as well.”
A lucky member of the audience on July 30, 2016 at Smart Araneta Coliseum will also win P1,000,000.00
WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at PHP300 with ringside seats available for PHP4000. Tickets are now on sale at http://ticketnet.com.ph/WSOF-GC3-Philippines–Smart-Araneta-Coliseum/EventDetails/431. Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III “The Thrilla in Manila”.