After SEA Games gold medal, Jerry Olsim sets sights on ONE Championship contract
Santino Honasan on Dec 11, 2019 04:32 PM
“Napaka-laking motivation nitong naging panalo ko sa SEA Games para makuha ko yung kontrata sa ONE Warrior Series papunta sa ONE Championship.” - Jerry Olsim (Photo: ONE Championship)
Pinoy mixed martial artist Jerry “The Bokodian Warrior” Olsim can now proudly call himself a Southeast Asian Games Gold Medalist.
The 24-year old Olsim, a member of the famed Filipino MMA stable Team Lakay, was a kickboxing bet in the recently-held 2019 SEA Games Kickboxing competitions at the Cuneta Astrodome in Manila, and he ended up being the first Pinoy to capture a gold medal, winning in the Men’s 65-KG Kick Light category, Monday evening.
“Sobrang saya ko po ngayon dahil ako yung pinaka-unang nag-medal sa sport ng kickboxing,” Olsim told ABS-CBN Sports. He was in attendance Tuesday evening to see his teammates Gina Iniong and Jean Claude Saclag also capture SEA Games Kickboxing gold medals as well.
For Olsim, the gold medal win is a testament of how far he’s come in martial arts.
“Noong una po, sa Muay Thai, natatalo-talo po ako, hanggang silver lang ako sa East Asian Championships,” said the former Muay Thai National Team member. “Dito po, naki-try out ako nung may try-out sa kickboxing noong July, and nakuha naman ako, sinuwerte, dahil ako yung nag-gold. Nag-training kami, training hard para makuha yung gintong medalya.”
Olsim adds that his experiences both in MMA and in Muay Thai helped a great deal in his gold medal conquest in the 2019 iteration of the SEA Games.
“Sobrang laki nung experiences na nakuha ko sa mga laban ko tulad dun sa ONE Warrior Series, pati na din sa Muay Thai dahil pinaka-importante po talaga yung experience tsake exposure sa laban, mas lalo na sa mga international fights.”
Now, Olsim hopes that the momentum of his gold medal win can translate into even bigger things, like say, a contract with ONE Championship.
Olsim has fought five times on ONE Championship’s developmental arm, Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, the same route that has produced the likes of two-sport world champion Stamp Fairtex, as well as teammate and rising strawweight star Lito Adiwang, who won his contract earlier this year, and was able to make a successful main roster debut.
“The Bokodian Warrior” hopes to finally be able to join his fellow Team Lakay brothers and sister on the ONE main roster.
“Napaka-laking motivation nitong naging panalo ko sa SEA Games para makuha ko yung kontrata sa ONE Warrior Series papunta sa ONE Championship.”
An impressive win in his next ONE Warrior Series outing could finally get him that coveted contract and spot on the main roster.