MANILA, Philippines—Philippines Jenelyn Olsim is out of the ONE Championship’s first women’s-only event after her opponent Grace Cleveland had to withdraw due to “extreme dizziness” she suffered from for the past month.
Olsim and Cleveland were set to engage in an Atomweight World Grand Prix alternative fight in ONE: Empower at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday.
“I’ve done all my pre-fight medical exams, but I’ve been experiencing severe dizziness for the past month. It got to the point where it bothered me for 4 days and I literally had to be in a position not to turn,” Cleveland wrote on her Instagram.
“Waiting for my brain Mri and it gave me some information I need to get myself checked. I have seen professional Pt and a doctor and now have an appointment with a neurologist. I pray it is good news and has nothing to do with my previous back/neck injury.”
Olsim, 24-year-old, arranged a date with Cleveland after defeating Vietnamese-American Bi Nguyen via unanimous decision in ONE: Battleground III.
“However, I am devastated because I was called up to perform at One Championship. The best promotion in martial arts and because of this I couldn’t do my best,” said the Denver, Colorado native, who would make her ONE debut.
“My coaches believe this was the best decision and I trust them ?. Ultimately I am reminded that health is important and now that I have a daughter I cannot be selfish and put myself in a dangerous position.”
Cleveland, who has a 5-0 record, also apologized for having to be pulled off the historic map at the last minute.
China’s Xiong Jing Nan will defend her strawweight title against Brazilian Michelle Nicolini in the main event, while undefeated Philippine rising star Denice Zamboanga takes on South Korea’s Seo Hee Ham in the quarterfinals of the Atomweight World Grand Prix in the co-featured fight.
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