By Adrian Stewart Co
Ilonggo boxer and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Jenel Lausa is staging an octagon cage comeback after signing a deal with the BRAVE Combat Federation (CF) recently.
The Concepcion, Iloilo-native Lausa is returning to MMA two years since his final cage match when he was still under contract with the fabled Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
He will have his debut with BRAVE CF against undefeated Afghan prospect Rahmatullah Yousufzai on March 11 in Bahrain.
“Coming back to mixed martial arts is really something that I look forward to. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I value the trust that BRAVE CF has given me,” Lausa said.
“I’m excited to represent my country once again on the global stage of mixed martial arts, and it is with great pride that my return to the sport will take place under the banner of BRAVE CF,” he added.
In a separate statement, BRAVE CF welcomed the arrival of Lausa as the fastest-growing mixed martial arts organization in the world is expected to line him up in the upcoming events.
The Ilonggo MMA’er holds a 7-5 professional MMA record with two knockouts. Lausa was also a former Pacific Xtreme Combat flyweight champion after defeating Crisanto Pitpitunge in 2016.
The said PXC win opened the doors for him to be signed with UFC where one of his most memorable win was a lopsided unanimous decision triumph over China’s Yao Zhikui.
Apart from MMA, the 32-year-old Lausa also dabbled in the boxing ring where he has an unblemished 10-0-1 win-loss-draw ring record, including six victories by way of stoppages./ASC, WDJ