This Friday at ONE Championship’s big 50th event rising 115 pound prospect, Taiwan’s undefeated Jenny Huang make her return to the cage to face April Osenio. Huang (4-0-0) talks to us about the upcoming bout, Osenio’s weaknesses, Invicta FC Atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki, championship goals and more.
You’ll be fighting April Osenio this Friday for One Championship. What are your opinions on Osenio as an opponent, and how do you see the fight going?
She is tough. She doesn’t fear anyone that she faces. She looks like a very tough fighter and she will definitely pose a new challenge for me. But I look forward to difficult challenges. I have been training for a while I knew this fight was coming , I am very excited to see the outcome of this fight.
What holes do you see in Osenio’s game?
I think her weakness is using too much power. She is a strong fighter and can deliver powerful blows. But she uses a lot of energy too quickly.
What team are you training with in preparation for your bout with Osenio?
I train with Martial Armor MMA & Fitness. I like them because they can regularly give me a difficult challenge. I often fight men who are bigger and stronger than me. There are many different kinds of fighters that I can train with. All of them have different fighting styles and they all pose unique challenges. They constantly push me as a fighter and they constantly push me to improve. My coach always inspires me a lot. He always believes that I can do great things. There are many things that I like about this gym.
You are currently undefeated. Do you find this adds more pressure leading into fights?
Every fighter is always focused on improving themselves when they train. They are always focused on getting better and showing the world how well they can do. The outcome of this fight doesn’t weigh that heavily on me. I just want to show the world how well I can fight and all of the great things that I have learned. If this fight turns out well, then great!
How did you first get into fighting?
I first started fighting in elementary school. I started with Judo when I was 12 years old. I’ve never looked back. I always love fighting.
You currently fight at 115lbs, is this the weight class you feel most comfortable at?
I am comfortable with my current weight class. I think it’s a good fit for me. If they want me to fight a lower weight class, then I will also be okay with fighting in a weight class that is lower than 48 Kg / 105 Lbs. I have fought in this weight class before and it suited me well.
You’ve fought for ONE FC a few times now, what is your opinions on them as a promotion?
I really like One FC. I am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me. It honours me greatly to see a female Taiwanese fighter enter the arena with other professional fighters from other great countries. I also really like UFC. I really like the level of professionalism the fighters display in their fights. However, I am very proud to be a One FC fighter. They have many good fighters and I am very happy with where I currently am.
What are your opinions on the current Number 1 105lbs fighter in the world Invicta FC Atomweight World Champion Ayaka Hamasaki?
I have followed her from when I started training MMA . Just having the chance to be in the same arena with her would be a great honour to me. She is of such a high professional skill level that being in that same arena would mean a lot to me. I have a great deal of respect for her.
With a win over Osenio, what do you hope is next for you as we approach 2017?
I wish to continue in my endeavours. I will continue training and improving until I can fight for that championship belt. I don’t want to brag or boast too much. I have many big goals in my life and I want to do everything I can to constantly improve and get stronger.
What do you hope to achieve before the end of your career?
I really just want the honour of fighting for a championship belt. It would be a great honour for me to just enter the arena with a fellow champion fighter. If I get the chance to win this belt, then I want to hold onto that title for a long time. I want to really inspire other Taiwanese women to be like me and show the world how strong women can be.
Is there anything you would like to add, or anyone you want to give a shoutout to?
I want to thank everyone that has always supported me throughout everything. My coach and my training partners have been a big help and I want to thank them. You guys are awesome!
Jenny Huang faces off against April Osenio this Friday at ONE Championship 50 from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. The event begins at 7pm EST. You can find full details and information on how to watch live at OneFC.com.