MENU
#UFC Fight Night 124 #Jeremy Stephens #Doo Ho Choi #Paige VanZant #Kamaru Usman #Emil Meek #Michael Johnson #Darren Elkins #Khabib Nurmagomedov #UFC 219 #Conor McGregor #Francis Ngannou #Edson Barboza #Stipe Miocic #Holloway vs. Edgar


Ana Julaton

Boxing standout and MMA fighter Ana Julaton might be there on Tuesday when the UFC opens tryouts for Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Or, she might not. All signs seem to point to her giving it a run, though officially, during a visit to MMAjunkie Radio on Thursday, mum’s the word.

“I’m keeping my options open,” Julaton said. “… Nothing is sketched in stone. I’m being very steady at the gym. There are a lot of opportunities, and I think it’s great to be a woman in the fight game at 125 pounds.”

The UFC has “TUF 26” tryouts for women’s flyweights on Tuesday in Las Vegas, where Julaton currently is based and training. The longtime boxer has four fights on her MMA resume, all under the ONE Championship banner, where she’s 2-2.

The chance to get into the UFC through “TUF” and possibly become the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion is appealing, even if she won’t say officially that she’ll be at the tryouts.

Having never had that type of experience, Julaton admitted she’s “not a people person.” And let’s face it – non-people people have had a rough time while isolated in the “TUF” house in past seasons.

Coming from the world of boxing, the transition to MMA wasn’t an easy one for Julaton. For so long, she was just in one realm. She found out MMA wasn’t like flipping a switch.

“I was just strictly focused on boxing,” she said. “It’s a completely different attitude, and when jumped into MMA, it’s a completely different world, as well. Even though I have a background in martial arts, … in the sport of MMA, just because you know it doesn’t mean you can just apply it right away. You need to put in the time.”

Julaton hasn’t fought since a December 2015 decision loss for ONE Championship, but in the meantime the MMA training has ramped up. And whether it’s the UFC through “TUF,” or the potential to fight for Bellator’s new women’s flyweight division, she believes there will be chances for her to go places.

“There are a lot of opportunities out there on the horizon,” she said. “… I’ve been doing a lot of cross-training, and it’s taking me back to my roots. Being able to step away from both sports and see where I’m at mentally, physically and emotionally, it just opened up my eyes and I went back to my roots.

“Whatever opportunity is there, absolutely. I feel like I’ve given a lot of myself through combat sports, and (MMA is) the direction I’d like to get into.”

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Antonina Shevchenko, sister of UFC standout Valentina, improves to 3-0 in MMA

  • 25 days ago
  • 56 views

The MMA career of Antonina Shevchenko continued to trend in a positive direction when she earned her third consecutive victory.Filed under: Blue Corner, News, UFC read news >>

MMAjunkie's '2017 Coach of the Year': Former champion becoming standout instructor

  • 15 days ago
  • 21 views

MMAjunkie’s “2017 Coach of the Year” goes to former WEC bantamweight champ Mike Brown, who emerged on the national stage as an MMA mastermind after a title-winning career.Filed under: Bellator, News, read news >>

2017 Fight of the Year: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 116 views

On July 7, at the TUF 25 Finale, Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson went to war in what became an instant classic and the 2017 Fight of the Year. read news >>

Paul Felder joins Brendan Fitzgerald on call for Sunday's UFC Fight Night 124

  • 8 days ago
  • 8 views

Paul Felder is keeping himself busy outside of the cage, joining Brendan Fitzgerald on the call for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Bellator boss Scott Coker keeping 'door open' for future grand prix tournaments

  • 4 days ago
  • 3 views

Bellator President Scott Coker doesn’t plan to make tournaments a common occurrence, but more could come in the future. read news >>

Kamaru Usman wants to coach 'TUF' vs. Colby Covington, then fight him to earn UFC title shot

  • 7 hours ago
  • 6 views

Kamaru Usman has a pretty good idea of what he wants his immediate future to look like. read news >>