Essential Points

  • Jenelyn Olsim lately graduated with a degree in political science
  • She uncovered her plans of becoming an MMA fighter with a regulation degree
  • Olsim also named out no. 5-ranked atomweight Jihin Radzuan ahead of her return to combating

Staff Lakay atomweight Jenelyn Olsim has been steadily generating waves through her youthful mixed martial arts (MMA) occupation given that becoming a member of Just one Championship.

However, Olsim has an additional goal in head: to turn out to be a attorney.

She lately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Baguio, but that was not originally her strategy.

“My preliminary aspiration was to be a law enforcement officer so I took up Criminology in King’s College or university of the Philippines, it was also the exact same time when I was introduced [to] MMA,” Olsim unveiled in an job interview with Intercontinental Enterprise Times sports editor and overcome athletics analyst Nissi Icasiano.

“Everything was likely easy and I was delighted with the achievements I was reaping and as the several years [went] by, someway, I felt like there is some thing missing… I did some self-assessment and… [a]t that individual instant, I envisioned myself as a law firm, so I made a decision to change to Political Science, believing it would be a stage closer to my specialist desire.”

Olsim also pressured the value of her diploma and how she wishes to be identified as somebody who can garner achievements outdoors of the cage.

“Getting my diploma is incredibly important not only for myself, mental well-staying, and for my loved ones, but foremost, it will also provide as an inspiration to these who are believing in me. Just as the champions of Staff Lakay, whom I glimpse up to, inspire me to worth education and not simply finish it. On best of that, I also want to be acknowledged not just as a fighter but the college or university degree-holder fighter,” she reported.

The atomweight standout later in-depth how some others with the chance to go to faculty ought to make the most out of it as she hopes to split the stigma of specialist fighters not valuing the importance of education.

“Gone ended up the times when athletes have been branded as ‘not-academic-centered’ or basically ‘not wise,’ at the very least in Group Lakay. However, we should really not also dismiss the actuality that not everybody is blessed to be specified or have the probability or the suggests to go on their instruction, athletes or non-athletes,” she defined.

Talking about her ambitions outdoors of the cage, Olsim explained to Icasiano that she will be pursuing her desires of turning out to be a attorney pretty shortly, but not so shortly as to derail her very own fighting vocation.

“Being a lawyer necessitates a good deal of time, dedication and accountability, furthermore the mind. I’m passionate about the law and I like debates. But I also know that wonderful points get time, so I’ll most likely come to be a law firm in owing class and time. For now, I’m providing myself some time to devote entirely to my sporting profession in advance of I start regulation university,” she said.

The Filipina also shared with Icasiano that earning her degree now makes it possible for her to concentration much more on her exploits in the cage as she has all the time in the world to dedicate to her training.

“Yes, this time will be different. I am going to be concentrating more on advancing my MMA vocation. I have more time now, I’m far more concentrated and much more driven. I have my eyes set on that golden strap, you know,” she shared, hinting at her objective of complicated for the atomweight title that Angela Lee at this time holds.

Olsim has been on a roll these days, following falling short  in the semifinal spherical of the 1 Women’s Atomweight Entire world Grand Prix final year.

The 25-calendar year-old native of Benguet, Philippines captured the bronze medal in the Vietnamese martial art of Vovinam at the a short while ago-concluded 31st Southeast Asian Online games and then returned to motion in MMA a few weeks afterwards to decision Julie Mezabarba at 1 158.

With Olsim considerably from leaving her job powering, she detailed her speedy options for her prizefighting career.

“I’m at this time preparing to climb the atomweight division rankings by beginning to struggle Jihin Rudzuan. I hope A single will give her to me. We ended up intended to combat quite a few times anyway. I’m up, ready whenever any where,” she proudly declared.

Olsim and Radzuan have been supposed to battle at 1: Negative Blood past February 11, but the former was pressured to withdraw from the bout owing to damage. 

Mainly because of this, Olsim has purpose to go just after the No. 5-rated Radzuan as she handed Japanese grappler Itsuki Hirata her to start with decline at One X this past March.

Olsim’s commitment to each her training and turning into a attorney could see her develop into a practicing law firm that competes in MMA matches, creating her a unique attraction in the struggle video game and in the courtroom.

Jenelyn Olsim of Team Lakay Jenelyn Olsim of Team Lakay Image: One Championship photo

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