Ana Julaton is one of the more unique talents in the world of combat sports today—in the sense that, in this day and age of ‘money fights’ and never-ending trash-talk, she lets her fists do the talking rather than her mouth.
A true student of the sweet science, with a blossoming career in the savage science…
Nicknamed ‘The Hurricane’, she stays true to the moniker, not only inside the boxing ring, but also in the MMA cage.
Ana Julaton: Boxing
Julaton has previously held the WBO and IBA Women’s Super Bantamweight Championships—the first to do so—and is also one of the quickest to win a world title in boxing.
Julaton reached world championship status in her seventh bout after having previously competed in only six pro bouts, and is well-known for giving not only female fighters but also male fighters, with whom she spars, quite a stiff challenge in most sessions.
Intriguingly, Julaton was encouraged by her father to train in martial arts early in her life, however, it wasn’t until adulthood that sport-specific training became part of her life. Julaton used to work as a Bok-Fu trainer in California, and gained a renewed interest in martial arts by handing down her knowledge to others.
The 5’5” volume-punching machine then met her, now-longtime mentor, manager and coach, Angelo Reyes at a boxing lecture session conducted by the world-renowned boxing & martial arts coach. Under the tutelage of Reyes, Julaton took to the art of boxing, and after only a couple of weeks worth of training, she made her amateur boxing debut.
Amazingly, Julaton bagged the silver medal in the San Francisco Golden Gloves, which in turn served to increase her confidence when it came to the prospect of possibly making a splash in the sweet science. The Filipino-American star then partook in the National Golden Gloves, and following a great showing in the tournament, she began training with multiple-time boxing champion Carina Moreno and trainer Rick Noble.
In the late-2000s, Julaton participated in the campaign to include Women’s Boxing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics—something that didn’t work out. Following which, she turned pro, and amassed a record of 4 wins and 1 draw. She suffered her first loss as a pro in a WBC Women’s Super Bantamweight Championship bout to Dominga Olivo, however, being the true martial artist that she is, Julaton returned with a vengeance in her next fight—beating Kelsey Jeffries to win the IBA Women’s Super Bantamweight title.
Furthermore, Julaton would go on to capture the WBO Women’s Super Bantamweight title twice, and carve an impressive resume in the world of professional boxing.
Ana Julaton: MMA
Back in 2014 Ana Julaton took, what’s generally regarded as a huge risk, by transitioning from a successful boxing career to a different sport—the world of Mixed Martial Arts, making her MMA debut in ONE FC.
Julaton boasts a record of 2-3, with all three of her losses coming by way of close decisions, which could’ve gone either way.
Ana Julaton comments on transition to Bellator MMA
“I’ve got to say in the Scott Coker regime, they’re very organized, very professional, very experienced. What I love about is I can directly talk to the employees.
Julaton added, “For a fighter, you always wanna get the activity. You wanna keep building your brand. You wanna get your name out there, so, I think Bellator, even though they’re a smaller company, they understand the mentality of fighters.”
Furthermore, on the possibility of competing in pro-boxing under the Bellator umbrella, Julaton asserted—
“Yes, one hundred percent! There is something in the works. Can’t say too much about it right now, but what I can say is on my first contract, I’m allowed to box on top of MMA.
Bellator has the rights on terms of scheduling, but they work closely with also my boxing promoter.”
Additionally, Julaton’s mentor Angelo Reyes spoke to us ahead of her upcoming fight. Below are a few excerpts from his statements regarding the same—
“In 2014, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame gave an award to Ana Julaton for becoming the first-ever athlete to accomplish this amazing dual-sport combat athlete contract (*in reference to Julaton’s 2014 MMA debut while she simultaneously pursued a pro-boxing career*).”
“Ana Julaton is a true pioneer of both worlds of combat.”
Ana Julaton competes against fellow boxer-turned-MMA fighter Heather Hardy at Bellator 194 which takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on February 16th.
Ana Julaton represents the revolution not only in Women’s MMA or boxing, but in Women’s Combat Sports as a whole.
Check out the video when the MMAINDIA.com visited The Floyd Mayweather gym and caught Ana Julaton training and interviewed her and Angelo Reyes.