At the age of 28, Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut in 2016. The Iloilo native is currently one of those who aspiring Filipino MMA fighters are looking up to.
On Aug. 31, Thursday, a press conference was held at H.I.D. Burgers at City Gold Plaza in Pasig City, Metro Manila, for Lausa, Rolando Gabriel “Dy Incredible” Dy and CJ “Golden Boy” de Tomas. The three Filipino UFC fighters are now handled by W1N.
During a quick interview with Lausa after the press conference, I asked him to give pieces of advice to young people who want to become a UFC fighter like him. Here are the things he mentioned:
- Have discipline.
- Give it your all while you are still young.
- Persevere in training.
- Always believe in God.
- No matter how far you have come, do not forget where you came from.
Prior to this, I asked Lausa what he thought was the common mistake committed by new MMA fighters today. He simply said it is the lack of discipline.
Lausa made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night: Whitaker vs. Brunson” on Nov. 26, 2016 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. He defeated his Chinese opponent Yao Zhikui via unanimous decision.
On April 8, Lausa fought his second UFC fight at “UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2” at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. He lost to his Russian opponent Magomed Bibulatov via unanimous decision.
There is still no confirmation on the third UFC fight of Lausa, whose current record as a professional MMA record is 7 wins, 3 losses, 0 draw. Watch my quick interview with him while he was carrying his little son here: