Olsim aims to follow footsteps of idol Angela Lee in ONE atomweight title quest

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) – Team Lakay fighter Jenelyn Olsim is getting closer to her goal of facing her idol in the mixed martial arts scene.

Olsim told CNN Philippines that what motivated her to scale down to ONE Championship's atomweight division is having the chance to face defending champion Angela Lee.

"Angela Lee is my idol. I now have a chance to meet my idol and even fight her, if I will be given a chance," Olsim said.

One of Lee's fight aspects that influenced Olsim in her preparations for her upcoming bout is how to stop her opponent via submission.

"Most of the fights won by Angela are via submission. I am so focused that I wanted to give a good show on my next fight," she said.

The 24-year-old Olsim also said changing into a lower class - from strawweight to atomweight - is more beneficial for her career.

"Atomweight has a lot to offer, I can have many opponents there. My goal is to win the championship in that division," Olsim said.

On Monday, ONE Championship announced Olsim would replace Japanese fighter Itsuki Hirata in the ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix semifinals.

The promising Filipina MMA star will battle India's Ritu Phogat in the semifinal match, the co-main event of ONE: NEXTGEN on Oct. 29 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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The winner of the grand prix will battle Lee for the ONE women's atomweight crown.