IS mixed martial arts only for men? Think again.
Jujeath Nagaowa is set to break the stereotype on December 6 when she becomes the first Filipina MMA fighter to see action in ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 26-year-old Igorot takes on a still-undetermined foe when Asia’s largest MMA organization returns to the country for the third time.
“I want to motivate Filipina fighters,” said Nagaowa, a former boxer and World Boxing Council female atomweight champion.
The Pacific X-Treme Combat was supposed to hold the first female MMA fight featuring another former boxer in Gretchen Abaniel on Philippine soil last September in PXC 36, but plans unfortunately, didn't push through.
Despite being a former boxing champion, Nagaowa’s record is not impressive with only 12 wins to show against 13 losses, which she incurred mostly overseas in South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
Now, Nagaowa hopes for a change in fortune in the world’s fastest-growing sport as she joins compatriots Honorio Banario, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, and Eugene Toquero as they try to make their country proud.
“Gusto ko maging inspiration na ang sport na ‘to ay for everybody,” said the 5-foot Baguio-born fighter, who currently trains with his male Team Lakay counterparts in their hometown.