Jenelyn Olsim enters ONE Women's Atomweight World GP semis vs. Indian foe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) – Rising Filipino mixed martial arts star Jenelyn Olsim gets an early crack at the ONE Championship women's atomweight title.

Olsim has been granted a slot in the upcoming ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix semifinals, the Singapore-based MMA organization told CNN Philippines on Monday.

The 24-year-old Team Lakay female bet replaces Japan's Itsuki Hirata, enabling Olsim to face India's Ritu Phogat in the semifinals.

Hirata said on Instagram that she withdrew from the fight because of a high fever, but clarified that she did not test positive for COVID-19.

The winner of the Olsim-Phogat bout will face the victor of the other semifinal match between Thailand's Stamp Fairtex and Brazil's Julie Mezabarba. The semifinal winners will then faceoff for a chance to battle defending ONE women's atomweight champion Angela Lee.

The ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix semifinals will be the main events of ONE: NEXTGEN on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Olsim said that one of her motivations to compete for the crown is to atone for the controversial split decision loss of compatriot Denice Zamboanga in the quarterfinals of the grand prix.

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"I want to test myself. There's a popular saying that, don't leave it (the result) to the judges. I always motivate myself to finish the fight in a convincing result," said Olsim.

Olsim was supposed to face Malaysian fighter Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan on Nov. 12 in an alternate bout at ONE: NEXTGEN II, for a shot to enter the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix.

Phogat, known as the "Indian Goddess," holds a 6-1 slate in her career. Her recent win is against Chinese fighter Meng Bo in the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals.

Olsim, who touts a 5-2 win-loss record, had an impressive ONE debut with a third round guillotine choke victory against Maira Mazar last February, and a convincing unanimous decision win over Bi Nguyen.