MMA: Olsim, Adiwang brace for ONE Circle comeback

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 15) – Team Lakay rising stars Jenelyn Olsim and Lito Adiwang are looking to continue their winning run in ONE Championship.

Olsim will close her successful debut year with the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization on Nov. 12 as she faces Malaysian fighter Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan for a shot to enter the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix.

The Olsim-Radzuan is an alternate bout at ONE: NEXTGEN II.

"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," Olsim said.

The Team Lakay female bet was supposed to face Grace Cleveland as an alternate in the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix at the historic all-female ONE: EMPOWER card last September. But the Thai foe pulled out of the fight due to undisclosed medical reasons.

Olsim, who holds a 4-2-0 record, had an impressive ONE debut with a third round guillotine choke victory against Maira Mazar last February, and a convincing unanimous decision win over Bi Nguyen.

Meanwhile, the matchup between Adiwang and American fighter Jared Brooks will finally push through on Nov. 26 as part of ONE: NEXTGEN III.

The two rising MMA stars were supposed to fight early this year, but the match got canceled after Adiwang tested positive for COVID-19.

"The cancellation of our original match, I think, is also a blessing in disguise as it gave me more time to study his style and check on his strengths and weaknesses. With those in mind, I think I can accomplish my goals when I fight him and that is to humble him inside the ONE Circle," Adiwang said.

Adiwang will face Brooks with a big boost after the Filipino's lopsided unanimous decision victory over Chinese foe Hexigetu in ONE: Revolution last Sept. 24. 

"I am ready to humble him and show him that the lions in this division eat monkeys like him for breakfast," the 28-year-old Baguio-based strawweight fighter said.