UFC Fight Night 101 Newcomer Breakdown: Jenel Lausa

Prior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at the flyweight Jenel Lausa as he makes his UFC debut against TUF China alumnus Yao Zhikui at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia. Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa Hometown: Makati, Phillipines Age: 28 Height: 5’6” Reach: Weight Class: Flyweight Camp: Team Insider Boxing Gym Career Record: 6-2 Key Wins: None Key Losses: None Background The former PXC flyweight champion has won his last four bouts prior to making the move to the UFC. Four of his six wins have come inside the distance. In addition to MMA, Lausa was an undefeated boxer in his native Philippines. Strengths

  • Solid footwork
  • Good punching power
  • Uses his athleticism to escape positions and advance in scrambles
  • Good guillotine


  • Too focused on single shots as opposed to combinations
  • Hittable on the feet
  • Poor takedown defense
  • Lacks physical strength to deal with the stronger fighters in the weight class



  Matchup against Yao Zhikui Jenel Lausa makes his UFC debut against Chinese fighter Yao Zhikui. Lausa will absolutely have an advantage on the feet. He’s surely the more technical striker with bigger punching power. Furthermore, he will have a big athletic advantage in this fight. What Lausa needs to concern himself with in this fight is Zhikui’s takedown attempts. Zhikui is focused on the takedown and will be looking for it throughout the fight. If Zhikui gets Lausa to the ground he will be able to score points with top control. Outside of that, this is Lausa’s fight to lose. Look for Lausa to land enough on the feet and combine that with stuffing Zhikui’s takedown attempts to win a decision. UFC Ceiling Jenel Lausa is a decent offensive mixed martial artist. He has a good boxing skill set and uses his athleticism well to complete takedowns. However, he’s rather reckless defensively. He’s hittable on the feet and his takedown defense is still very much a work in progress. He still has room to grow as a fighter and is still pretty green entering the UFC. Fight Film Check out Jenel Lausa in his most recent fights:   Jenel Lausa vs. Crisanto Pitpitunge

Written by Jay Primetown

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