April Osenio Motivated to Continue Pro Career After Earning College Degree

April Osenio motivated to continue pro career after earning college degree Filipino standout April Osenio, a Philippine national Wushu champion and a ONE Championship atomweight contender, has added another feather to her cap.
Although it is devoid of martial arts competition, it is a milestone in itself as she has earned a college diploma.
Along with three other Team Lakay colleagues, Osenio graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Criminal Justice Education at the University of Cordilleras In Baguio City last September 1.
According to Osenio, it was an accomplishment on her part to disprove the stereotype that prizefighters do not put a premium on education.

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“Pursuing your passion in martial arts is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” she stated.
 “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society. It’s an achievement that I was able to set an example for others to follow.”
Osenio is also aware that being a professional athlete is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for her in the future.
“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Osenio who had her first professional bout under the ONE Championship banner in 2015. “By the time I reach 38 or 40 years old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”
As Osenio reviews for the Criminologist Licensure Examination in June 2018, she slightly shies away from her books to put her attention on wearing her four-ounce combat gloves again.
Osenio is set to close out 2017 for Team Lakay as she returns to the ONE Championship cage on Saturday, 9 December at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 23-year-old Baguio City native is moving up to the strawweight division to face promotion newcomer “The Panda” Xiong Jingnan of China on the undercard of ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD.
Osenio, who has not competed since her submission loss to Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang in December 2016, knows of the tough challenge that lies ahead of her.
Xiong is an upcoming female strawweight contender in ONE Championship and is known as one of the top three leading female martial arts talents in China.
With a penchant for scoring highlight-reel finishes and executing powerful slams, Xiong holds an impressive professional record of 9-1.
Despite the gigantic opposition that it is in front of her, Osenio promises to give fans her best effort and turn her three-round match with Xiong into a stand-up war “It has been a while since fans last saw me in the cage. I would say I have not changed a lot, I have just been working on improving my skills,” Osenio explained. “My style is still the same. I focus on my Wushu and really want to test my opponent’s striking abilities. I am excited to show everyone how much better I am this time around,” she added.

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When she steps back into the cage at ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD, Osenio stressed that she is eager to make a strong statement.
“I have been really working on sharpening my skills and fixing a lot of my weaknesses. This next bout is so important because my opponent is one of China’s best martial artists, and a win will really speak volumes about where I am at as a professional. This is one of the toughest training camps I have ever had so far, and I am ready to showcase the results in Bangkok,” she ended.
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Joshua Pacio and April Osenio in ONE Championship’s Top Five Submissions of the Past Quarter

The humble knockout is one surefire way to end a fight without having to leave the decision at the hands of the judges — but it is not the only way.
The science of submissions is equally as beautiful. How a fighter transitions from one position to another, how they set up with subtle movements before pouncing to finish is truly breathtaking in the literal and figurative sense.
In celebration of this beautiful art, let’s take a look at five of the best ONE Championship submissions in the three months.

#1 Martin Nguyen (Guillotine Choke) at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, Macau, 13 August

Was there any submission this quarter more exciting and more shocking than the way Martin Nguyen put Christian Lee to sleep with a guillotine choke? “The Situ-Asian” posed the toughest test for the previously-unbeaten Lee, and for good reason. Nguyen was an experienced, older opponent for the youngster.
If Lee had gotten past Nguyen, it would surely have sent a message to the division that Lee was ready for a run at the top of the class. But Nguyen had other plans, and managed to delay the inevitable. Yes, Christian Lee may be destined for great things, but Martin Nguyen tells us it is not just yet.
Nguyen came into the bout with a chip on his shoulder. Everyone was so high on Lee that they wrote the Australian off pretty quickly. But with a bounce in his step from the opening bell, you could tell Nguyen wanted to lay that doubt to rest.
As the younger Lee pressed Nguyen against the cage, Nguyen uncorked a counter left hook that dropped the Singaporean prospect to the mat. After a brief scramble, an obviously still shaken Lee got caught in a guillotine that spelled the beginning of the end of the bout.
From that point on, Nguyen just would not let go — and Lee would not tap. The result was Lee taking a short nap on the canvas, before waking up to the first loss of his career.

#2 Aung La N Sang (Arm Triangle Choke) at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (HEFEI), China, 2 July

Middleweight contender “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang left his home country of Myanmar when he was 18 years old. While in America, he picked up mixed martial arts and went on to enjoy a respectable career for various MMA promotions.
Known for his constricting style of fighting, the “Burmese Python” has 19 total victories with only one opponent reaching the final bell, and 11 of his wins have come by submission. That’s an incredible statistic, and belies Aung La N Sang’s level of grappling skill.
Last July, Aung La N Sang traveled to Hefei, China, and faced then-undefeated Russian contender Aleksei Butorin to a chorus of cheers from the crowd. And in a truly back-and-forth grappling battle, Aung La N Sang dug deep to find enough resolve to win.
After jockeying for position most of the fight, threatening each other with various submissions including a simultaneous heel hook from both athletes, Aung La N Sang finally got the drop on Butorin in round two, catching the Russian in an arm triangle choke.

#3 Joshua Pacio (Rear Naked Choke) at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, Macau, 13 August

ONE Championship strawweight standout Joshua Pacio is a wushu expert, much like his seniors at the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines. But aside from his world-class striking skills and his ability to finish opponents with his fists, the 20-year-old owns more submission victories on his resume than he does knockouts.
Out of eight wins, Pacio has finished five by impressive submission. Now that is certainly a special feat considering his expertise in the stand-up. Last August, Pacio took on Thai wrestling champion Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, and it was no different.
After a back-and-forth exchange of dominant positions, Pacio found himself in the clinch against Kongsrichai with just a little over a minute left to go in the first round. The Filipino then held on to a single leg, drove his opponent to the mat, and went to work.
From there, Pacio passed guard and secured mount, unleashing a barrage of strikes from top position to force Kongsrichai to give up his back. Pacio immediately went for the rear naked choke, and the tap came shortly after.
It was a masterful execution of a routine choke that sent a message to the rest of the division, and earned Pacio a shot at Yoshitaka Naito’s ONE Strawweight World Championship.

#4 April Osenio (Guillotine Choke) at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, Kuala Lumpur, 2 September

Fans have to be excited whenever two fearsome ladies take to the ONE Championship cage. At times, not only do women athletes know exactly how to throw down, they also go at it harder than the men do. Such was the case when the Philippines’ April Osenio went up against Malaysia’s fighting belle Ann “Athena” Osman.
Osenio may have lost her first professional bout, but she won her second bout via armbar. Just like Pacio, for a wushu striking expert from the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, winning by submission is completely out of left field. They are known as extremely high-level stand up fighters, and not submission specialists by any means, although they have made improvements recently.
That makes Osenio’s victory over Osman all the more special. Osenio, with her back against the fence, caught Osman in a standing guillotine and pulled guard, catching the Malaysian by surprise.
That was a sure sign that Osenio was actively pursuing a submission. Osenio squeezed as tight as she could, and with the hooks in deep, Osman was not left with much of a choice but to tap.

#5 Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (Guillotine Choke) at ONE: TITLES & TITANS, Jakarta, 27 August

From the little that we have seen of Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, fans have already come to know the Russian as a bonafide knockout artist.
Before entering the cage against Haolan Jietebusibai last August, he had already scored three spectacular TKO finishes in his first three bouts as a professional martial artist — all of which ended in the first round.
Collectively, Saygid had spent just a little over three minutes inside the cage, and that is mightily impressive. Against Jietebusibai, Arslanaliev was looking for another highlight-reel KO, but as soon as the guillotine choke presented itself he just had to go for it.
Arslanaliev grabbed a hold of Jietebusibai’s neck and squeezed as tight as he could. He didn’t even bother pulling guard — he just kept it standing and his Chinese opponent had no choice but to tap out.
Suffice to say, we can’t wait for the next time this man is inside the ONE Championship cage. Here is hoping that Arslanaliev gets a call to throw down with a big name opponent soon.

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Win Streak Keep Going for Team Lakay and First Victory of Rene Catalan at One Championship 47: Unbreakable Warriors

Photo grabbed from Eduard Folayang

Friday, September 2, ONE Championship 47: Unbreakable Warriors took place at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hometown MMA superstar Ev Ting’s lightweight debut was successful. He scored a decision victory against Rob Lisita. ‘Ruthless’ already gassed in the first round. I was not expecting he would, but Rob did last the thee rounds.

Shannon Wiratchai threw uppercut and punches on Peter Davis that ended the bout by TKO in the co-main event of the fight card.

Yours truly was happy for Rene Catalan for defeating Zhang You Liang of China by unanimous decision. This gave the Filipino fighter his first ONE Championship victory. Catalan’s wushu skills outscored Liang throughout the three rounds.

The win streak of Team Lakay keep going after April Osenio upset Ann Osman by submission in a strawweight bout. This is so far the biggest fight impressively win by Team Lakay’s female warrior. She submits the ‘Ronda Rousey of Asia’ Ann Osman in the first round.

Bruno Pucci was knocked out by Nuerdebieke Bahetihan’s right hook. A hammerfist on the BJJ black belter forced referee Olivier Coste to stop the fight in just eight seconds of the first round. To the ground also, the Filipino Trestle Tan was took by Agilan Thani and tapped out after he was choked in round one. Not happy but I know they are coming back stronger than ever.

Results of ONE:Unbreakable Warriors

Lightweight: Ev Ting def Rob Lisita by Decision (Unanimous)

Lightweight: Shannon Wiratchai def Peter Davis by TKO (Punches), Rd 2, 3:32

Women’s Strawweight: April Osenio def Ann Osman by Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd 1, 4:09

Middleweight: Gilberto Galvao def Tatsuya Mizuno by Unanimous Decision

Flyweight: Gianni Subba def Yago Bryan Farias de Morais by Decision (Unanimous)

Welterweight: Agilan Thani def Trestle Tan by submission (Rear-naked choke), Rd 1, 2:24

Featherweight: Keanu Subba def Waqar Umar by submission (Strikes), Rd 1, 4:31

Featherweight: Musu Nuerdebieke def Bruno Pucci via KO (Strikes)

Atomweight: Jenny Huang def Jeet Toshi via submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)

Featherweight: Muhammad Aiman def Hisyam Sams via Decision (Unanimous)

Strawweight: Rene Catalan def Zhang You Liang via Decision (Unanimous)

ONE Championship 47: Unbreakable Warriors

It is only been a week. The asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion ONE Championship is back and they return to Kuala Lumpur at Stadium Negara tonight September 2, 2016.

The ONE Championship 47: Unbreakable Warriors will headline a lightweight bout between hometown MMA superstar Ev Ting who is moving up a weight class and the hungry to win Rob Lisita of Australia who is in a three-fight losing streak.

Kuala Lumpur’s star, actor, and model Peter Davis is going to face Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand in the co-main event. The Thai trains in various martial arts disciplines like muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and jiujitsu.

Our very own April Osenio is taking on Malaysian Ann Osman. In her last bout, Osenio upset Filipino-English fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills impressively by first-round armbar, despite being adept in the striking art of Wushu. Team Lakay’s female warrior aims to continue in the win column.

Trestle Tan who is also a Filipino is going against local MMA welterweight Agilan Thani. In his last bout, Tan made quick work of Djatmiko Waluyo at ONE: Tribe of Warriors in Jakarta last February, winning via rear-naked choke submission in an exciting matchup. Agilan Thani is unbeaten and won his spectacular technical knockout victory over American Brad Robinson last May.

The third Filipino to compete tomorrow night is Rene Catalan. Yours truly is hoping that he finally gets his first victory against his chinese opponent Zhang You Liang tonight. And headlining the live stream preliminary bout is BJJ black  belt and No Gi Grappling world champion Bruno Pucci vs Nuerdebieke Bahetihan.

The ONE: Unbreakable Warriors fight card:

Lightweight: Ev Ting vs. Robert Lisita

Lightweight: Peter Davis vs. Shannon Wiratchai

Strawweight: Ann Osman vs. April Osenio

Featherweight: Keanu Subba vs. Waqar Umar

Welterweight: Agilan Thangalapani vs. Trestle Tan

Flyweight: Gianni Subba vs. Yago Bryan

Middleweight: Tsatsuya Mizuno vs. Gilberto Galvao

Featherweight: Hisyam Samsudin vs. Muhammad Aiman

Atomweight: Jeet Toshi vs. Jenny Huang

Featherweight: Bruno Pucci vs. Nuerdebieke Bahetihan

Welterweight: Rene Catalan vs. Zhang You Liang