Here’s Our Interview With Team Lakay’s Rising Star, Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera

daveThere comes a point in every fighter’s journey where they come in contact with that important moment in their career that defines who they are. Traveling along down his fight venture Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera is about to hit a pinnacle moment in his MMA career career as he gets the opportunity to fight for the interim bantamweight title belt at URCC 23 ‘Unrivaled’ in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines.

A lifelong martial arts practitioner Galera has put many years into his training that has got him to where he is today. With this deep dedication in what he does there is no denying that he would be rewarded with many great accolades in his venture. Holding a perfect  record of 4-0, Dave Galera brings an exciting yet strategic approach in all of his fights. This method has equaled major success coming out victorious over all his opponents with the majority of the fights ending in the first round thus dubbing Galera as a rising sensation throughout his homeland.

Despite of being a massive bantamweight fighter with tremendous mentality of a warrior, Dave Galera is also known for his very impressive ground game. He is a purple belt under Charles Gracie and now trains in the Philippines at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.

He is set to take on a highly dangerous striker in Reydon “Red” Romero on April 27th at URCC 23, dubbed as “Unrivaled”, for the URCC interim bantamweight belt.

MMA Orient: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?


My name is Dave Galera. You can call me, The Scarecrow. I was born in Santa Clara, California and raised in Baguio City. I’m a father of 2 beautiful girls Melissa Mae and Marisselle.

MMA Orient: How did you get into the sport?


I started BJJ 2005 under Charles Gracie and moved back to Baguio City. Since then, I’ve been training with Coach Mark at Team Lakay.

MMA Orient: Who is your biggest inspiration?


Well there are a few names: The Landslide, The Silencer, The Punisher, The Rock, The Slugger, The Machine… these guys motivates everyday.

MMA Orient: What’s the history behind your nickname “Scarecrow”?


Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon named me, “The Scarecrow”, after I weighed in for a fight last year. He told me I looked like a scarecrow after cutting weight.

MMA Orient: You are training at Team Lakay, the most dominant fight team in the Philippines today. What is it like for you to be a part of fight team that includes One FC lightweight champ Honorio “The Rock” Banario, PXC bantamweight champ Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge, URCC and MCFC champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, URCC flyweight and pinweight champion, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon and Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen?


I’m really blessed to be part of these guys’ Team. They’re not not just my training partners-I consider them family.

MMA Orient: Could you tell us more about Team Lakay’s Fighters Program and how it has elevated your overall game?



MMA Orient: How has being with Team Lakay changed you as a person and as a fighter?


I became a better person in and out.

MMA Orient: You are an undefeated fighter with 4-0 record. You are coming off a very impressive submission win over one of the toughest bantamweights in the Philippines, Keiff Mangusan. There were controversies on that fight because some fans saw that when you first caught him with that triangle, he clearly tapped, but the referee didn’t saw it. But in the end, you still caught him using the same choke and he did tap. Tell us a bit about that fight.


I know Keiff Mangusan as fighter. He is a good fighter. It’s a sport and sometimes we have to fight the same guys we know. Its part of the job. It was a good fight. I trained hard. I just had to prove it twice that I was a better fighter that night.

MMA Orient: You are a quite big for a bantamweight fighter. How much weight do you cut from walking around weight to fight weight and how that affects your strength and stamina the day of the fight?


My walk-in weight is 74 kilos. Cutting weight is no joke, it affects pretty much my strength and stamina but, again, that’s part of the game. Professionals need to follow the rules and one of those is cutting weight.

MMA Orient: Your next fight will be in April at URCC 23 against Red Romero for the URCC interim bantamweight title. What do you know about Romero?


Pretty impressive guy can’t say nothing bad about him.

MMA Orient: What holes do you see in his game?


We’ll see what happens. It’s MMA.

MMA Orient: What can URCC fans expect from you on April against Romero?


A good fight!

 MMA Orient: Any shoutouts?


My number 1 fan Mariel, Family , XCV, Team Lakay, friends. Thank You GOD for the opportunity!


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