TEAM Lakay fighter Jenelyn Olsim girds for her next challenge on Sept. 3 after emerging victorious in her last ONE Championship fight just this Friday. — ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

FOLLOWING her victory at ONE Championship’s “Battleground III” event on Friday, Team Lakay fighter Jenelyn Olsim is girding for her next challenge later this week.

Ms. Olsim, 24, was a unanimous decision winner over Vietnamese-American Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen at the event broadcast from the Singapore Indoor Stadium to book a spot in the ONE world atomweight grand prix alternate bout on Sept. 3.

She will take on Thai-American Grace Cleveland in the fight, which is part of the historic all-female card “ONE: Empower.”

Despite the short turnaround in between fights, Benguet native Ms. Olsim (5-2) expressed her excitement over her upcoming showdown with Ms. Cleveland (5-0), taking cue from her solid showing in her last fight. “I’m more motivated now after my win over Nguyen. Now, we’re preparing for the fight on Sept. 3,” said Ms. Olsim in the post-fight press conference where she was joined by Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao.

Against Ms. Nguyen, the Filipino fighter showed her striking skills throughout the three-round contest, but also proved to be adept on the ground.

Ms. Olsim, a natural strawweight, adjusted well when the fight was taken to the ground by her opponent, showcasing her improved grappling skills while attempting near-submissions along the way. In the end, all judges scored the fight in her favor.

It was the second victory for Ms. Olsim on the main card of ONE Championship, but first in the atomweight division. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo