URCC 21: Froilan Sarenas is ready to slay a bigger opponent on Saturday

URCC Middleweight Champ, Froilan Sarenas - Photo by: Mr. Paolo Tabuena

Everyone is thrilled for the upcoming URCC 21: WARPATH, simply because the fight card is stacked with very exciting fights and very promising MMA prospects. In my opinion, this card is one of the best fight cards in URCC history.

The very agile Alvin Ramirez will once again prove that he is still capable to get the belt from the current pinweight champion, Rey Docyogen. But one man will try to stop Ramirez’ dream to get the pinweight belt and that is Roy Doliguez, a 31-year-old fighter from Elorde MMA who’s coming off from a very impressive first round submission (punches) win over Leo Occena in August of 2011. The winner of this fight could catapult himself into title contention.

Another exciting fight that I’m really looking forward to see is a super fight between Filipino submission ace, Froilan Sarenas and a surging Australian fighter, Nicholas Mann. Both Sarenas and Mann are title holders in the URCC; Sarenas is the middlweight champion and Mann is the light heavyweight champion.

This is a very exciting match up because both warriors are always looking for a quick finish, as all of their fights have never been past the second round. I would personally like to see who has the best cardio between the two fighters, but I guess the fight will be over quickly. Either one of them will get submitted or KTFO.

Froilan Sarenas is a seasoned grappler, winning several gold and silver medals in the regional, national and even international Gi and No Gi grappling tournaments.

We had a short chat with the current URCC middleweight champion, Froilan Sarenas and asked him his thoughts on probably the toughest fight of his career to date.

MMAOrient: What is your martial arts background?



MMAOrient: We heard that you’re a former swimmer. Why did you choose MMA over other sport?


Yeah, I used to swim when I was a kid up until college. I just wanted to learn grappling and Jiu-jitsu and it just progress from there.

MMAOrient: What and who molded you to become the person you are?


A lot of things, but mainly family, friends and martial arts.

MMAOrient:  What do you do outside of training?


Eat and sleep.

MMAOrient: You are a brown belt in BJJ under Master Fabricio Martins. Do tell us something about the acceptance of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Philippines.


I am still a purple belt. Right now, jiu-jitsu here in the Philippines is becoming popular, there are a lot of people training and competing.

MMAOrient: What is your favorite submission/strike to use in any fight?


My favorite strike will be the knees from the clinch, submission wise, it’s the choke from the back.

MMAOrient:  Do you like to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?


Of course, take them to the ground and submit them.

MMAOrient: If you weren’t a pro fighter, what do you think you will be doing for a living?


Swimming coach.

MMAOrient: What is your ultimate goal in your fighting career?


Just be the best fighter I can actually be.

MMAOrient:  We all know that all fighter have a busy schedule but for sure there are things you love outside the gym and cage. What does Froilan Sarenas do in his free time?


I like to do many things, I have a lot of hobbies. But right now, it’s mountain biking.

MMAOrient: You’re currently 3-0 and won your last fight in a very impressive fashion. Describe that for us.


In my last fight, I really wanted to make it a little exciting for the fans.

MMAOrient: What are your preparations to achieve the same result this time around at URCC 21: WARPATH against a much heavier opponent?


I did the same training I always do, I just added a couple of sessions on weight lifting.

MMAOrient: What can you tell us about your opponent Nicholas Mann?


I know that he’s big, he’s strong and he kicks and knees a lot.

MMAOrient:  What do you think will be your biggest advantage over him?


My jiu-jitsu game.

MMAOrient: Which team are you training with in preparation for this fight?


I trained with my team, Submission Sport Philippines and I did my strength and conditioning at Sky Fitness and also spent sometime at Legacy Gym Boracay.

MMAOrient: Any predictions for your up coming clash with Mann?


I will win. 

MMAOrient: Any last words for him?


Good luck.

MMAOrient: When are you going to make your One FC debut? There are speculations that you’ll be fighting in ONE FC Manila. Tell us something about it.


 I don’t know if it’s true but if they ask me, it’ll be an honor to fight in One FC.

MMAOrient:  Any people/sponsors you would like to thank?


I would like to thank Submission Sport Philippines, Atos Philippines, Legacy gym Boracay, Sky Fitness, Aloha Boardsports, Alliance Global and Toyz.

A win over a much heavier Nicholas Mann will surely catch One FC’s attention and could possibly put Sarenas into the ONE FC Manila fight card.

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