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Angry at ONE initially, Ana Julaton turned one-year layoff into ‘blessing’

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Ana Julaton was used to staying active. It’s all she knew as a pro boxer. In 2008, she had five fights. Two other years since her 2007 debut, she fought three times.

We have now reached the final month of 2015 and Julaton has yet to enter the cage for ONE Championship. She had requested to compete multiple times this year, she said, but was rebuffed. That has not made her very happy.

“We kept asking for fights, but it just never worked out,” Julaton told MMA Fighting. “So whatever. I really have to credit my team. Stuff like that can really get into a fighter’s head. I was pretty much like, f*ck this, screw this. I just wanted to get away from the whole thing.”

Julaton will finally be back in action Friday at ONE: Spirit of Champions in Manila, Philippines against Russian kickboxer Irina Mazepa. “The Hurricane” had big plans for 2015, which have been scuttled. But, to her credit, she turned the frustration into a positive. Julaton, who has not fought in MMA since December 2014, has used the last 12 months to make herself into an all-around mixed martial artist, according to her coach Ricky Lundell.

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