My MMA Weekend in Kuala Lumpur. One FC Return of Warriors.

Feature Story. SevBJr a.k.a. Zilvidu, chief photographer  for mmaorient.net shares with us his Photos at One FC 7 and his thoughts about his MMA weekend experience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

On the weekend of February 2, three Pinoy athletes top billed a big sporting event held at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Honorio Banario, Eric Kelly and Rey Docyogen fought in the MMA event promoted by the most prestigious organization in Asia, the One Fighting Championship. From my base here in Singapore I traveled to Kuala Lumpur over the weekend and  had the privilege to shoot at cage-side. It was an amazing first time experience for me to go to a foreign country, meet our Pinoy athletes as well as other incredible fighters from other nations, and personalities in the Asian MMA scene.

I attended the event,  mainly for the photo coverage for mmaorient.net, my blog ritratozilvidu.com and pinoystaronline.com. Being able to witness the weigh-in drama before the actual event night, witnessed some of the interview sessions,  shoot behind-the-scene photos, and had brief chat with some of the amazing athletes that were in the event – were all part of an extraordinary weekend that I’ve been waiting for, two months prior.

Me and my sister, who also traveled with me to KL to watch the event, arrived at KL airport in the morning of February 1, a day before the actual fight night. From the airport we took  the Skybus to KL Sentral, and from there we took a taxi ride to Mines Wellness Hotel and arrived just in time to catch the weigh-ins of the fighters in the main card.

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At the weigh-ins, the two Pinoy fighters who fought in the main event Eric Kelly and Honorio Banario both weighed over the 145lbs (66kgs) upper limit for Featherweight competitors and had to shed those extra pounds on weigh-in day itself.  They had to go through rapid weight reduction technique (i.e. dehydration) in-order to make weight.

Rehydration time for Eric Kelly

Rehydration time for Eric Kelly

After sitting in the sauna for a few hours or so, and after a couple of re-weigh-ins, both fighters finally made weight on the day before they stepped into the cage. The weigh-ins itself has its fair share of drama.

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The following day, February 2nd, I was very excited at fight night that instead of taking the free shuttle ride packaged by one of One FC’s event partners, I hailed a taxi from my hotel to Putra Stadium. I arrived at the stadium about an hour and a half before the first match took place. There were already a lot of early birds lining up at the entrance waiting for the gates to open, while others were very busy buying MMA merchandise or promo items from the sponsors’ booths outside the venue.

A Marriage proposal inside the ONE FC Cage

A Marriage proposal inside the ONE FC Cage

I went inside the Stadium before the organizers opened the gates to the Public. When the gates opened, fans who were able to come in early saw a wedding proposal happen right inside the One FC Cage!

The Show started at 7:00PM all fighters came out from the locker room one-by-one, in a very exciting introduction that is complete with pyrotechnics and confetti. It was immediately followed by the first match which started at about 7:15pm.

I honestly believe that all the matches were exciting, but would like to highlight three from the main-card.

Lowens Tynanes defeated Vuyisile Colossa via Submission
Lowen Tynanes the Hawaiian who has 1/4 of Filipino blood running through his veins, won against a very good striker in South African Vuyisile Colossa. Tynanes’ face was covered with blood after getting hit hard by Vuyisile’s elbow strikes from the bottom. Tynanes was successful with his takedown attempts, and I think it was obvious that he worked on his ground game, as he attempted submission moves each time the fight went to the ground. In the stand-up game however, the advantage goes to the South-African kickboxer who connected on some kicks, elbows and punches. Somehow, Tynanes grinded a win by constantly going back to his wrestling strength, and again on the 3rd round he was able to takedown Colossa. He then showed his MMA skills by winning via rear naked choke. This is my pick for the “Fight-of-the-Night” award.

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Shinichi “BJ” Kojima defeated Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen via Submission
The co-main event of the evening was an exciting match and one that I was looking forward to seeing eversince it was officially announced by One FC.  The match between undefeated Filipino and URCC (Universal Reality Combat Championship, Filipino MMA Organization) flyweight champion Rey Docyogen against MMA veteran and former SHOOTO (Japanese MMA organization) champion Shinichi “BJ” Kojima. It was a match that would determine the contender for the One FC Flyweight Belt.

The Filipino was winning the stand-up battle for the most part of the fight, and was able to tag the Japanese with good punches and kicks. Rey Docyogen capitalized on his strength in the striking department, and was doing well in the first and a half part of the fight.  With only a few seconds left in the 2nd round however, the veteran savvy of Shinichi Kojima won the fight for him as he finished the fight via grappling technique, he pulled off a guillotine choke from the clinch and pulled guard to win via submission. It was the first loss in the Pinoy fighter’s MMA career.

For me as a Pinoy MMA fan, it should prove to be a very good learning experience for Docyogen, fighting BJ Kojima who is regarded as arguably, one of the top flyweight prospects in the world. Rey gave his opponent all he could handle before eventually losing the fight. In fact, on the day after the fight, I bumped into BJ Kojima at the Kuala Lumpur airport. I congratulated him for his win and I noticed his left eye was still swelling from the strikes he received from Docyogen.

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Honorio Banario defeated Eric Kelly via TKO
In the main event of the evening, the All-Filipino battle between two warriors Eric Kelly and Honorio Banario started as a feeling out process in the first round. Both fighters gauged each other early and paced themselves for their Five, 5-minute round fight. In my “unofficial score-card” I had my compatriot from Mankayan, Benguet, Honorio Banario winning the first 3 rounds. As they went back and forth in the striking battle, Kelly’s highlights strikes were a solid overhand right that connected, a few front kicks and liver kicks. As for Honorio, he dictated the pace, and was the first to initiate the action for the most part. He connected with leg kicks and scored on a takedown and ground and pound as he briefly mounted Kelly’s back. The fight ended in the Fourth round when Honorio landed a big left hook that immediately opened up a cut on Eric Kelly’s right eye. Kelly was staggered and slowly went down to the mat with both eyes closed , his hand signalling a stop. Referee Yuji Shimada stepped in to stop the fight and award the inaugural One  Fighting Championship Featherweight belt to Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario.IMG_7834

All-in-all, I am glad that I made this trip to Kuala Lumpur. I am very proud of the performances of my compatriots from the Philippines. They performed well in front of a foreign audience. Read their stories, heard about their personal struggles, the sacrifices they had to make in order to get to this point in their careers and being recognized as the regions best. I have nothing but RESPECT to to these fighters. I respect all fighters regardless of their nationality. I’m pretty sure that each one of them have their own inspiring stories to tell, interesting stories that go beyond their tough guy, warrior image and celebrity status.

As for our Pinoy Fighters, I believe that they’re making a case for more recognition from our kababayan in the Philippines and abroad. These fighters are always proud to raise our flag, no matter where they go and no matter what the odds are. As I was shooting photos at cageside, I felt a sense of pride each time I heard some random cheers from Filipinos in the crowd, cheering for Rey, Honorio and Eric.

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To the newly crowned Featherweight Champion Honorio Banario, had he not pushed himself to his mental and physical limits in order to make weight, there shouldn’t have been a title fight and nobody would be celebrating a Filipino crowned champion in One FC today. As for Eric Kelly, his stories can be found in almost every Asian MMA publication, and followers of Asian MMA now know he has sacrificed a lot to come this close to becoming a world Champion. He has found a “second home” and have very supportive training partners, gym mates and students at Muayfit gym in Malaysia which means he has everything he needs to come back strong and make another run for the title. There is no shame in gettting the first career loss to a worthy opponent. As cliche as it may sound,  character is not measured by how one handles success, but instead, it is measured by how one handles failure. Honorio is a case in point, he has tasted defeat in the past, and look where he is right now.

The same is true for Rey Docyogen, there is no shame in losing to a world class athlete like BJ Kojima.  Everytime a fighter from Japan is in the cage, it’s almost a guarantee that we’ll be seeing great action. I enjoyed this fight between Rey and BJ, both are awesome fighters. I am particularly proud that Docyogen showed he can hang and bang with one of the world’s best flyweights, I hope to see him come back stronger and learn from this set-back.

The best thing to remember now is that, winning isn’t always a victory, and losing isn’t always a defeat. While I am proud of our new champion Honorio Banario, I am still very proud and still believe in Rey Docyogen and Eric Kelly. MABUHAY!

Other Fight Results at One FC Return of Warriors:
Adam Shahir Kayoom def. Zuli Silawanto via Submission (RNC)
Peter Davis def. Leo Krishna via Doctor’s Stoppage
Thanh Vu def. Mohd Fouzein via TKO (Strikes)
Melvin Yeoh def. Raymond Tiew via Submission (triangle choke)
Jian Kai Chee def. Aj Pyro via Unanimous Decision
Jake Butler def. Antoni Romulo via TKO (Strikes)
Gianni Subba def. Saiful Merican via Submission (Armbar)

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WXME 6 Features Some Of The Brightest Young MMA Prospects In The Philippines

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LAKAY MMA, home of Team Lakay, is organizing another Wushu-Xanda and Mixed Martial Arts Elimination on December 15, 2012 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gym.

Some of the up-and-coming fighters from the Mountain Province are set to compete in the said event. There are also speculations that several officials from local and international mixed martial arts promotions are expected to show up to scout possible prospects.

The amateur mixed martial arts and Xanda card is stacked with great talents not only from Team Lakay but also from several local gyms in the Philippines.

Headlining the said event is one of the most exciting flyweight fighters in the Philippines, Geje  “Gravity” Eustaquio will go up against Rabin Catalan from Tricks MMA , who is coming off from a submission victory over former URCC pinweight challenger, Geronimo “Daredevil” Etac in the very first round RNC at  Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts’ (MUMMA) “The Proving Ground” last August.

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This will be a tough match for  “Gravity” as he faces a dangerous fighter who has very decent striking as well as ground game in his arsenal.

Last time we saw Eustaquio in action was against Evolve MMA’s Alex Silva at ONE FC 2 – Battle of Champions 10 months ago, which he won via unanimous decision. Since then, we heard nothing about this talented kid from Baguio City, Philippines.

“Gravity” is now back to show his fans and to MMA promoters that he is back and he will surely give his hundred and ten percent to prove that he belongs to the elite flyweight fighters in the country.

Co-headlining the WXME 6 card is a scrap between Team Lakay’s Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag (3-1) and Francis “Rod” Romero.

Some of you may know Bantiag as he is fighting under the Pacific Xtreme Combat banner and compiles a 2-1 record inside the Guam-based MMA organization.

troy bantiag

The 19-year-old Bantiag started learning Wushu at the age of 14, joined the prestigious Asian Wushu championship at the age of 16 and won several gold medals some of the local grappling tournaments at the age of 17.

Bantiag’s a very skilled fighter who loves to throw bombs out of his hands and shins. He also got some good take down defense, wicked ground and pound and he works real hard to improve his ground game to become a more complete MMA fighter.

Although Bantiag is coming off a submission loss against Jon Delos Reyes at PXC 33 last September, he is fired up to get back inside the ring to make a statement that he learned from his recent stumble and wants to get back in the winning column by beating a very durable fighter in Francis Romero.

Roldan “The Executioner” Sangchaan will also be on this fight card as he will fight a veteran fighter in Ereneo “Toro” Galindez.

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Sangcha-an is probably one of the best young fighters Team Lakay has ever had. He has won several gold medals in Wushu Sanshou both in Regional and National level. This kid from Baguio is definitely a hard worker, a very fervent to get to the top and is working his butt off to improve his grappling skills. Roldan has all the qualities to become a future mixed martial arts champion. Roldan is ready to face the veteran fighter, Ereneo Galindez.

Galindez began his combat sports career in Boxing before being discovered by the coach for the Philippines National Wushu Team. Primarily known for his aggressive, crisp striking, Galindez has adapted his stand-up to MMA, and has developed an impressive array of grappling skills. His motivation is simple: he fights for his family. He wants to provide a better future for his children, and he also seeks to inspire the next generation of young Filipino athletes to pursue a career in MMA.

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WXME 6 Full Fight Card

MMA Rules:

Geje Eustaquio vs. Rabin Catalan – 129 lbs.

Troy Bantiag vs. Francis Romero – 139 lbs.

Roldan Sancha-an vs. Ereneo Galindez – 130 lbs.

Harold Banario vs. Alvin Velasco – 130 lbs.

Jonathan Corton vs. Carls John De Tomas – 129 lbs.

Dave Galera vs. Gerald Carreon – 139 lbs.

Delfin Nawen vs. Franklin Dunglay – 129 lbs.

Stephen Loman vs. Raffy Lim – 129 lbs.

Sanda Rules:

Joshua Pacio vs. Felixander Bagayao – 54 kg

Patrick Rilloraza vs. Allan Rivera – 75 kg

Connery Algen vs. Romero Sinakay – 56 kg

Gina Inion vs. Shirley Yeh – 54 kg

Check out http://teamlakay.wix.com/online for more information!

Team Lakay’s Official Facebook Fan page.

 

URCC 22: Eduard “Landslide” Folayang AimsTo Stay Unbeaten Inside The URCC Ring

tynanes vs folayang

Two explosive and exciting MMA fighters are set to clash when undefeated Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (12-2-0) squares off against Lowen Tynanes (3-0) at URCC 22 “DEKADA” on Saturda, December 1, 2012 at the SM Arena in Manila, Philippines.

There’s no doubt that Eduard Folayang is one of the biggest MMA stars in Asia, while Lowen Tynanes is a hungry up-and-coming fighter whose slowly making his name in this awesome sport of mixed martial arts.

Both fighters are hoping to secure another victory and increase their stock on both the local and national scene.

Fighting out of one of the best MMA teams in Asia, Team Lakay,  Folayang has shown glimpses of stardom dating back to his days as a Sanshou fighter. Since turning professional in MMA in June of 207, Folayang has gone undefeated over the first five fights of his career.

Improving each and every time, Folayang displayed his best performance against Feilpe Enomoto at ONE FC 5 – Pride of a Nation. The strikes were pinpoint, the pressure was persistent, and the game plan was nearly perfect in unanimous decision win over Enomoto.

Folayang is on a tough challenge on Saturday as he takes on one of the best prospects to ever come out o Hawaii. Training out of Team Tynanes, Lowen has emerged as one of the most exciting and dangerous lightweights within the state.

Lowen has an impressive 15-0 record as an amateur, two-time National Highschool Wrestler All-American, two-time Hawaii Highschool State Wrestling Champion and he is the 808 Battleground Champion.

When Folayang and Tynanes collide at URCC “Dekada”, much will become known about both men’s talent and potential. The strategies that each fighter deploys should be telling towards their capabilities due to the challenges the other presents.

Striking and wrestling have been the bread and butter for Folayang in his previous bouts. However, Tynanes will have a slight height and reach advantage as well a dangerous submission game once the fight hits the ground.

URCC 22 “Dekada” will also feature a featherweight bout between undefeated MMA featherweight fighter Eric “The Natural” Kelly (8-0) and Bradd Terrey.

Two more Filipino fighters will try to get the W against their foreign foes as URCC middleweight champion Froilan Sarenas (3-1) will go up against Rodrigo Praxedes (1-1), while Reysaldo “Onyok” Transmonte (2-2) faces Hideo “Death from Tokyo” Morikawa (4-1).

Transmonte vs. Morikawa Primer 

Although URCC 22 may feature bouts with more nationally recognizable names, the Super Fight pitting of Folayang versus Tynanes may be one of the most exciting match-ups. Expect an unpredictable tangle that will shake out the SM  Arena.

PXC’s Mark “Mugen” Striegl Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In His Division

If you’re talking on who are the “real deal” in Asian MMA, I think Mark “Mugen” Striegl is one of those talents in Asia who can make big things happen in his career. Striegl is currently signed by Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) and recently made his successful debut against the Guamanian, Robert Wusstig.

The Filipino-American Striegl is undefeated with 11-0 record in his pro MMA career. He is considered as the next “big thing” in Asian MMA by many as he always dominates his opponents and never fails to give fans a good show.

Striegl’s goal is to impress the fans and the PXC officials to hand him a shot at Joe Taimanglao’s belt, who sustained an injury after his recent title defense at PXC 32 against Jang Yong Kim. “Mugen” is slowly climbing his way up to title contention, he doesn’t rush things, but if the PXC officials will give him a shot at the title, he will definitely take it.

Striegl’s aim is to become the greatest in his division. Everyone thinks that Striegl was just all about hype, but he proved some haters wrong when he beat Robert Wusstig at PXC 33 and made a statement that he is a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division.

PXC 33: Striegl vs. Wusstig HL

Some say Striegl has not been tested yet, but I don’t agree with them. Striegl has already beaten some of the best featherweights in Asia, to name a few; Bae Young Kwon, Alcer Lozada, Yusuke Kawanago and the current PXC bantamweight champion, Crisanto Pitpitunge.

URCC 21: Striegl vs. Lozada Fight Video

So I don’t think Striegl’s skill has not been tried yet. He is a solid mixed martial arts fighter; he is so good on defense on the ground. He is a type of fighter that when he is on his back, he will not wait for the referee to stand them up; he is always on offense when on the ground and can submit guys in moment’s notice.

Striegl will be making his biggest fight of his pro MMA career against a fellow Filipino fighter, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento on November 17th at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines.

Do watch out for this physical specimen because in a few more years, you will surely see him fighting in the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

Folayang Talks About His Win Over Enomoto, His Next Fight And Why Belingon Lost To Kim

Faith is a strong human characteristic that helps individuals through the countless trials life puts in front of them. Appearing in many forms faith has given many people including fighters a positive outlook on the rocky travels toward their goals.

Sponsored by a strong religious belief, faith has become a great asset for the Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang. Despite experiencing his own share of turbulence his positive assurance through it all has kept the 27-year-old grounded allowing him to see the many blessings life has offered him.

With a strong Christian upbringing combined with valuable life lessons from his parents these values would provide as a guiding navigation tool in Eduard’s days as a youth through his conversion into adulthood. The instruction would pay off handsomely in his sails as a teenager where he gained various accolades in his college athletics.

With his exceptional work ethic and superb striking, Folayang brought the Filipino MMA into a whole new level. His recent win over a highly decorated fighter Felipe Enomoto has brought him back to his winning ways.

Although his opponent is yet to be announced, Folayang is already back in the gym as he prepares for his up coming fight on November 17 in URCC 22.

MMA Orient: Before we start this interview, we at MMA Orient congratulate you for your impressive win against Felipe Enomoto at ONE FC 5. What do you think of that imipressive win of yours in front of thousands of Filipinos who watched that fight?

Eduard:

Thanks for the privilage to be interviewed. I think my prayer and preparations had helped me a lot to win that fight, with the help of my coach, trainers, teammates and the motivation of those people who believed in us and of course the divine provision of my Lord Jesus.

MMA Orient: A lot of fans cheered for you that night. Does fighting in front of your countrymen make you more confident?

Eduard:

It makes you confident and nervous! (Laughs)

MMA Orient: You definitely outworked him in the first and second round. You gave your all to knock him out. But in the third round, it seemed like you slowed down a little bit and Enomoto knew it that’s why he connected some solid kicks and punches to you. Did you started to get tired in the third round?

Eduard:

Well, Enomoto is a good fighter and I think he just gave his best in the third round, that’s why he became more aggressive.

MMA Orient: Right after the fight, Victor Cui went up to the cage and announced that you’ll be fighting for the title on October 6for the ONE FC lightweight belt. But after a week, news starting to come out about you being not able to compete at ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’ because you are scheduled to fight on URCC’s tenth anniversary on November. Now, For the sake of your fans who are quite confused about the situation, we would like to hear it straight from you, are you still going to fight for the title in Singapore next month in ONE FC 6 or you will be fighting in URCC on November?

Eduard:

It will be better for me to fight in URCC on November due to the amount of time to prepare for it. It is good to fight Zoro for the title but we need to consider recovery and burn out.

MMA Orient: So this simply meant that you’ll not be making your appearance in ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’?

Eduard:

I don’t know yet if I will be there watching.

MMA Orient: You know what is right for your career and I’m sure that your fans will always be there for you no matter what decision you make. So did the URCC told you on who will be your next opponent for their November event?

Eduard:

My opponent is yet to be announced.

MMA Orient: I’m sure your supporters cannot wait to know who will be your next foe. Let’s go back on your last fight against Enomoto. Despite of your impressive win against him, in your opinion, what part of your game you still need to work on?

Eduard:

I’m working a lot on my grappling and also with my striking, if there’s something to work on, it will be on the whole area because MMA is not just on one area.

MMA Orient: Team Lakay fighters are making huge wins recently in local and as well as in international scene. What do you think is the key on why your team is very successful?

Eduard:

Hardwork, discipline and faith.

MMA Orient: You are obviously an MMA icon in the Philippines. Everybody wants to get a picture with you and you have been in the news headlines in the past weeks. Did you ever think that your MMA career will go as far as this?

Eduard: 

My dream is to become a great fighter not a famous fighter; and as I continue to walk in this journey, there are still a lot of mountains to climb and I’m on my way there.

MMA Orient: You are indeed on your way there. Did you already started training in preparation for URCC 22 on November 17th?

Eduard:

I’m still helping Kevin and Honorio on their preparation, that’s why my training is continuous.

MMA Orient: Good to hear that. Speaking of Kevin, what do you think went wrong in his recent defeat aginst Kim? Because when take a look at the video, it is obvious that Kevin was very dangerous on his feet and Kim knows that, that is why early in the fight, he already implemented his gameplan and took Kevin down which repeatedly did until the third round.

Eduard:

Kim went there with a gameplan and he focused on that. Kevin suffered a cut two weeks prior to that fight which prevented him to train his ground and wrestling skills. I think that pulls Kevin’s focus on the ground game.

MMA Orient: You’ve been fighting in MMA for five years now. This sport is obviously harder than Sanshou. You’re a multiple Asian games medalist and SEA games gold medalist. What are your family have to say about you fighting professionally in MMA?

Eduard:

My family is very supportive in my career and they are always there to motivate and pray for me.

MMA Orient: Are you still going to compete in Sanshou?

Eduard:

For now, my focus is in MMA.

MMA Orient: It seems like being a fighter runs in your family. Mark Eddiva is your cousin, he is a very talented kid who is also an accomplished sanshou fighter like you and he has an undefeated record in MMA. When is he fighting again inside the cage?

Eduard:

I don’t know when will Mark be fighting in MMA again. I believe in his capabilities to be a great fighter.

MMA Orient: What is your ultimate goal in your fighting career?

Eduard:

To glorify my Lord Jesus Christ.

MMA Orient: What do you love to do aside from fighting?

Eduard:

Hiking, fellowship with my friends and watching movies.

MMA Orient: Have you ever been through hard time cutting down to 155 lbs.?

Eduard:

It’s hard to cut weight but I managed it well.

MMA Orient: From all the guys that you already defeated, who do you think is the toughest among them?

Eduard:

Everyone has their own toughness in different area and they gave me lessons to learn.

MMA Orient: Any people/sponsors you would like to thank?

Eduard:

I thank you for this interview. I would like to thank tomy sponsors who supported me on my last fight; Hayabusa, Loco Frio, Havokk Clothing, Infotxt, ON Supplement and Bagsan’s Law Office.

Also, thanks to our coach, Mark Sangiao, trainers, Julio Agalateo and Allen Gonzalez, to URCC president, Alvin Aguilar who helped me in my ground game, my teammates who are very supportive in Team Lakay, to my brethren and family and to all my countrymen who believes in us.

PXC 33: Jerome Wanawan vs. Victor Torre HL

Wanawan successfully made his PXC debut against a decorated fighter Victor Torre last September 1, 2012 in PXC 33 via 2nd round TKO. He is from Team Lakay, a very respected fight team in the Philippines.

Wanawan showcased some legit judo throws to his opponent. In case you missed it, here’s the official highlight video of Wanawan’s PXC win over Torre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAhSHTrTfMg&feature=relmfu

Fighter of the Week: Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio

Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio


Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is an undefeated fighter coming out of the famed Team Lakay.

Eustaquio is a Bachelor of Education major in MAPEH (Music,Arts,Phyiscal Education and Health) graduate and currently taking up his Master’s Degree at University of the Cordilleras, Baguio City, Philippines.

He is very methodical and smart when fighting, he doesn’t rush anything or make superfluous moves, he is just a fan of following game plans.

Eustaquio comes from an impressive win on his PXC debut against Rogelio Plomeda in PXC 26 last August 20th. He dismantled Plomeda  in the second round by throwing heavy leg kicks that causes Plomeda to hit the canvas and was forced  to yield and gave Eustaquio the TKO win.

Geje Eustaquio is scheduled to fight in PXC’s 28th season on November 26th at Ynares Sports Arena Kapitolyo, Pasig City against a tough South Korean fighter, David Cho.

Check out Eustaquio’s straight to the point answers to MMAOrient’s questions:

MMAOrient: Tell us a bit about your martial arts background

Gravity:

 I kick, I punch, I wrestle and I do grounds. That’s Who I am.

MMAOrient: Where did your moniker “gravity” came from?

Gravity:

I would like to leave that as something to think about by everybody.

MMAOrient:  You had an impressive performance on your last PXC fight against Rogelio Plomeda. Tell us your thoughts on that fight.

Gravity:

Those leg kicks where inspired by the Machine (Mark Sangiao) leg kicks that I used to watched during his fighting days.

MMAOrient:  What do you think will be the key factor for your victory against your South Korean opponent on PXC 28?

Gravity:

The ultimate spirit of winning and the effect of my die hard trainings and preparations.

MMAOrient: Any thoughts on your next opponent David Cho?

Gravity:

 I found him tough but not good enough to ruin my dreams.

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

Gravity:

 I don’t have favorites because I believe that fighting is science and a tough mind game, my favorite rely on the weakness of my opponent.

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

Gravity:

 I am a LAKAY so I go all the way.

MMAOrient: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?

Gravity:

Dominic Cruz, it sounds ambitious but coach Mark Sangiao said nothing is impossible and Kungfu Panda says just believe.

MMAOrient:  Who is your biggest inspiration?

Gravity:

Myrna.

MMAOrient:  What can your fans expect from you on your fight in PXC 28?

Gravity:

Fight of the night.

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

Gravity:

 I would like to thank my training camp Team Lakay, the no. 1 MMA team in the Philippines.

Coach Mark for the push and advices, Wushu Federation Philippines, Sir Tony Candelaria, University of the Cordilleras, FRB foundation, sunstar, my family and everybody who will be coming to support us in our incoming fights and events. Thank you!

I also want to thank MMAOrient for selecting me as your fighter of the week. God Bless!

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