Team Lakay’s Wushu Xanda and MMA Eliminations 6 just proved why fighters from the highlands are some of the strongest and fiercest fighters in the region.
In the main event of the evening, one of Philippines’ brightest prospects, Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio, after not fighting for 10 months, showed no evidence of “ring rust” as he scored a first round submission victory over Ilo-Ilo’s own, Rabin Catalan.
In the co-main event of the evening, another Team Lakay standout Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag scored a quick finish as he defeated Juanito Gutib via first round submission.
Honorio Banario’s youngest brother, Harold Banario made his second MMA fight against a crafty veteran in Ereneo “Toro” Galindez.
Galindez’ striking gave Banario a very tough time on their feet. But Harold fought smart as he scored some decent take downs and managed to control Galindez on the ground. Banario won the match via unanimous decision.
Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera One of Team Lakay’s rising prospect and arguably one of the best unsigned featherweights in the region, quick work of Gerald Carreon of Punch-out Gym. Galera is a huge and talented fighter who has a very intimidating ground game. We might see this guy fight in one of the biggest MMA promotions in the Philippines next year.
WXME 6 also showcased two exciting Sanda matches which set the tone of the entire event.
Konnery Algen, a fighter from Honorio Banario’s gym in La Trinidad, Benguet displayed his more dangerous striking compared to his veteran foe, Romeo Sinakay of Red Lion.
The last fight under Sanda rules was one of the event’s best match-ups as 16-year-old Joshua Pacio from Team Lakay, La Union Gym fought a veteran foe, Felixander Bagayao.
Pacio and Bagayao went toe-to-toe for four rounds as both warriors displayed their skills. Although, Pacio lost the fight via split decision, everyone saw that this kid has a big potential and that he has a bright future ahead of him in the sport as he looked very composed and technical the whole fight.
WXME 6 Results:
Geje Eustaquio def. Rabin Catalan via 1st rd. submission (triangle choke)
Troy Bantiag def. Juanito Gutib via 1st rd. submission (Americana lock)
Harold Banario def. Ereneo Galindez via UD
Ramie Crisostomo def. Jonathan Corton via 1st rd. TKO (punches)
Dave Galera def. Gerald Carreon via 1st rd. submission (armbar)
Delfin Nawen def. Franklin Dunglay via 3rd rd. submission (guillotine choke)
Patrick Rilloraza def. Allan Rivera via 1st rd. TKO (punches)
Stephen Loman def. Raffy Lim via 1st rd. TKO (punches)
Felixander Bagayao def. Joshu Pacio via split decision
Konnery Algen def. Romeo Sinakay via 4th rd. TKO (retirement)