Published On: Mon, Aug 11th, 2014

Jemyma Betrian dazzles in MMA debut

jemymaWILLEMSTAD, INGLEWOOD – Jemyma Betrian’s mixed-martial-arts career got off to a smashing start on Sunday night.

The Curaçao born Muay Thai kickboxing champion Jemyma Betrian, training out of Glendale Fighting Club, was absolutely sensational in winning her professional MMA debut at Lights Out Promotions Chaos at the Casino 5, knocking out Hadley Griffith in 47 seconds.

According to the media in Hollywood Park, the night’s biggest highlight was easily the debut and devastation delivered by Betrian.

“I’m very happy,” Betrian said. “I did training only two months for the fight. For me, I’m very happy. I’m proud of myself.”

Betrian’s biggest obstacle was likely in the lead-up to the bout given her decorated muay Thai kickboxing background and that she trains at the GFC alongside its stable of big-name female fighters.

“I was very nervous,” Betrian said. “Because everything is new for me and everybody expects a lot of me because of the muay Thai.”

Betrian was flatout spectacular and borderline spotless.

Betrian didn’t take a significant shot and delivered her share and then some, establishing her range and ferocity with a left hook to open the fight. She then began opening with spot-on one-two combos, delivering them in succession against the cage, rocking Griffith back with a savage kick to the chest before delivering a phenomenal left hook that crumpled Griffith. Betrian paused a moment and then unleashed follow-up punches before referee Mike Beltran intervened.

“When she went down, I stopped because in kickboxing, there’s a count, then [my corner was] yelling keep going,” Betrian said.

Betrian was making her MMA debut with a fair amount of fanfare as she’s the WBC Muay Thai Kickboxing champion, sporting a 35-2-1 record as well as a 3-0 boxing mark. The 23-year-old Holland native, dubbed “The Golden Girl,” will concentrate on mixed martial arts going forward, though.

“I’m gonna focus on MMA, because I have a lot to learn,” she said. “I have to learn a lot more.”

Curaçao is proud of her.

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