Female Fight News Feb. 12, 2018 Heather Hardy vs Ana Julaton
By David A. Avila
Normally we do not cover MMA but an extraordinary matchup pits Heather “The Heat” Hardy against Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton in two clashes: one in the cage and another in the boxing ring. It’s a two-part confrontation.
It has never happened before either in male or female prizefighting history. Moreover, the two female fighters have well established credentials especially in the sport of boxing.
Hardy (1-1) first meets Julaton (2-3) in a flyweight MMA match on Friday Feb. 16, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct. The Paramount network will televise the fight. An agreed second meeting in a boxing ring will take place sometime in late spring or early summer.
In boxing, Hardy (20-0) and Julaton (14-4-3) have excellent records, but first they collide in MMA at 125-pounds.
Julaton conceived the dual confrontation idea this past summer after seeking a fight with the undefeated New York City prizefighter. After failure to come to terms the two were placed on the same MMA fight card several months ago. Both lost.
During media interviews both were given the same question about fighting each other. Hardy remembers it occurred during media interviews when both were present.
“I said if she wants to fight I will fight her next,” said Hardy, 36, via telephone.
Brooklyn’s Hardy holds the WBC International featherweight title that she won via decision against Shelly Vincent in the summer of 2016. It was televised nationally and electrified fans everywhere with its compelling drama and action. The next year Showtime decided to televise female boxing. No doubt the fight between Hardy and Vincent led to endorsement of female fight coverage by television.
Opposing the Brooklyn featherweight will be Filipina prizefighter Julaton a former super bantamweight world champion. Now fighting out of Las Vegas, the well-known boxer originally from San Francisco has a strong karate and kempo background in mixed martial arts but MMA is more than punches and kicks.
“You have to understand your identity,” explains Julaton, 37. “In MMA there are so many positions to lose. You keep working on your strength. It all depends on the fighter to understand who you are.”
Julaton calls herself a standup fighter who can kick. Though she started boxing professionally a mere 10 years ago, she has traveled all over the world in pursuit of perfecting her craft and building a legacy: first in boxing now in MMA. It has not been easy.
“There is so much bullshit,” said Julaton, who has a very strong following especially among Filipinos. “In any sport having the mileage and experience you see thing s differently.”
Hardy also has a strong following in the New York City area. Once she began fighting in front of a televised audience the exposure was immediate.
“After my last MMA fight the exposure on Spike TV is a platform that gave me five times the followers,” Hardy said. “I spent a lot of time bitching about opportunities so now I have one in front of me.”
Both agreed to fight each other in a boxing ring later in the year.
“This is crunch time,” said Hardy. “I don’t know how many fighters cross back and forth from MMA to boxing, but this is the first time two champions test the waters.”
Friday night. Bellator 194. It’s a captivating fight between Hardy and Julaton.
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