Matt McGrigor and Mike Saint Claire Dominate UGB 15: Foreign Invasion 2


Matt McGrigor of UK and Mike Saint Claire of USA dominated the Underground Battle (UGB) against their opponents at the recently concluded UGB 15: Foreign Invasion 2 MMA event held at Don Bosco Technical College on June 24, 2016.

Mike Saint Claire took down Frankly Navarro in the Light Heavyweight division (PH) via Arm Triangle 49 seconds off the first round, while Matt McGrigor defeated Omar Osit (PH) in the Lightweight division via Rear Naked Choke also in the first round.

UGB 15: Foreign Invasion 2 Official Results

UGB 15: Foreign Invasion 2 Official Results

UGB 15: Foreign Invasion 2 showcases top Filipino fighters against their counterparts from the USA, UAE, UK, and Singapore.

The event was a follow-up to the hugely successful Foreign Invasion 1, which crowned new champions in American Brad Robinson and Pakistanis Uloomi Karim and Ahmed Mujtaba.

Six viewers won free tickets to the big show World Series of Fighting Global – Philippines versus the World (WSOF-GC3) on July 30, 2016 at the Smart Araneta Center.

Event was made possible by UGB MMA Corp. is the Official Licencee of WSOF-Global and Fitbox Fitness and Boxing Gym (UGB MMA Corporate Partner).

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GenSan MMA Fighter Mario Sismundo is Ready for His Biggest Battle on July 30


Mario Sismundo is more than just Manny Pacquiao’s doppelganger
One lucky ticket holder will win One Million Pesos on fight night

Mario Sismundo, who will fight on July 30 for the World Series of Fighting Global Championship 3: Philippines vs. the World card at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, says that he is more than just Manny Pacquiao’s doppelgänger.

Mario, who once doubled for Manny Pacquiao for a TV commercial, and also hails from General Santos City, also has plans of his own to be a world-renowned fighter.   

The resemblance is striking, in fact, when he trains at Fitbox Gym in Makati, he is often mistaken as Manny Pacquiao.

“Sobrang na inspire ako na kamukha ko si Manny Pacquiao kasi yung kamukha ko o kahawig ko ay di ordinaryong tao, kungdi, sikat sa buong mundo dahil sa kanyang galing sa boxing, at isa pa siyang Senador ngayon.  Baka sa pagtiyatiyaga at sipag sa mga laban ko, isang araw, masundan ko rin ang yapak ng idolo ko,” Sismundo said.

“Malaking bagay na nakasali ako sa ganitong kalaking organization, na galing pating Amerika.  Tulad sa akin, na galing sa General Santos City na matagal nang naghintay ng pagkakataon makalaban sa malaking audience, malaking bagay po talaga.  Matagal ko po itong pinangarap at dinasal,” Sismundo continued.

This will be Mario Sismundo’s biggest fight in his entire boxing and MMA career, fighting for the first time in a 15,000-seater stadium in Quezon City, alongside fighters from all over the world.

Sismundo says that his family, specially his father, has been supportive of his career all this time.  

It is bittersweet though that at the biggest fight of his life, wherein his fight will be the co-main event on July 30, that his father won’t be able to watch it since he passed away just weeks ago. 

“Sa pinakamalaking laban ng buhay ko, na matagal niyang hinintay, wala na siya…pero hindi iyon hadlang para ako manghina o mawalan ng gana lumaban, bagkos, lalo ko pang pag-iigihan ang training ko para manalo sa laban na ito, dahil inaalay ko sa kanya ang laban na ito”, Sismundo says.

“At alam ko kahit wala na ang aking ama, manonood siya kahit nasa ibang mundo na siya”, adds Sismundo.

WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at PHP300 with ringside seats available for Php4,000.00. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.etix.com/wsof-global-championship-ph.

A lucky member of the audience on July 30, 2016 at Smart Araneta Coliseum will win P1,000,000.00.  Visit www.wsofgc.com/raffle for details.  Promo period June 16 – July 30, 2016, DTI-NCR PERMIT #6130.


ABOUT WSOF GC:

                World Series of Fighting Global’s ultimate mission is to bring together the best athletes from countries and organizations across the world to compete for a true, globally-recognized world champion.  Follow them on Twitter @WSOFGlobal.

Five Filipino MMA Fighters Face Contenders in World Series of Fighting Global Championship


World Series of Fighting – Global Championship announced five exciting matches featuring Filipino mixed martial arts fighters in its fight card for the upcoming event WSOF-GC3 on July 30, 2016, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Filipino MMA fighters will take on the world in the inaugural WSOF event in the Philippines as they face their respective opponents from China, Brazil, Pakistan and two from Malaysia.

Mario Sismundo (3-1) will be in the spotlight as the co-main event, when he takes on China’s Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti (5-3). Mario’s charisma and charm has captivated the Philippines’ fan base. The relationship between Philippines and China has been toxic due to disputes over territories in West Philippines Sea and South China Sea.  This fight will have national pride on the line.

The feature female bout of the night showcases Jujeath Nagaowa (2-0), a former professional boxer who won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Atomweight Title and WIBA International Light Flyweight Title.  The “Bad Girl” will be taking on Malaysia’s Audreylaura Boniface (1-1), who is a doctor in her daily profession. 

The lead fight on the undercard features undefeated rising MMA prospect, Neil Larano (2-0). He will be taking on Pakistan’s Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba (6-0).  With neither of these fighters having tasted defeat before, this is sure to be a spectacular match.

Jenelyn Olsim (2-0) is coming off an impressive win against Australia’s Claire Fryer.  Her undefeated record will face a whole new test against Brazil’s Nayara Hemily (3-3).

Rounding out the action is local Underground Battle MMA (UGB-MMA) matchmaker, Jessdan Dela Pena, who will welcome the pro debut of Malaysia’s Kelvin Ong.

“I have goosebumps!” Jason Lilly, Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker for WSOF-GC. “This is such an exciting concept – Philippines Versus the World.  We used a similar concept in Japan with the international fighters winning 5-3. The fans are the real winners here. This is an opportunity for them to see other international combatants against some of their local heroes. It also gives Filipino fighters a chance to measure themselves against their counterparts. I can say with certainty that there has never been an event like this here in Philippines.”

World Series of Fighting Global Philippine x The World Filipino MMA fighters with WSOF executives during the press launch at Novotel, Araneta Center.

World Series of Fighting Global Philippine x The World Filipino MMA fighters with WSOF executives during the press launch at Novotel, Araneta Center.

“WSOF-GC Owner, Dunesa Hesser, adds, “If that wasn’t exciting enough, one lucky fan is going to win one million pesos the night of the fight. We have been working with TicketNet and DTI to make this event extra special for one lucky fan. We will announce the winning ticket number during the fight. Someone other than the winning fighters is going to be walking away with a big smile that night.”

The main event features the WSOF-GC Heavyweight Championship title. Evgeny Erokhin (14-14) will defend his title against the number contender Richard Odoms (11-2).

Two matches will feature Flyweight Tournament, where the winners will fight for the WSOF Flyweight Championship Title in the future. The fight card includes Yusaku Nakamura (12-4) vs. Tim Moore (10-5), and Lawrence DiGuilio (17-8-1) vx. Marcel Adur (11-4).

WSOF-GC will host WSOF-GC 3 Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 30, 2016. Tickets start at Php300.00 with ringside seats available for Php4,000.00. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketnet.com.ph/WSOF-GC3-PHxWorld.

Smart Araneta Coliseum has been host to many great events over the years, but is most notably known for Ali vs Frazier III “The Thrilla in Manila”.

Top Malaysian Prospect Gianni Subba on the Road to ONE Flyweight World Championship Title


The author with Gianni Subba

Jared Baliguat with Gianni Subba

One of the top Malaysian mixed martial arts prospects, 23-year old flyweight standout Gianni Subba (7-1) returns to the ONE Championship cage tonight via ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS, against the Philippines best flyweight bet Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio (7-4) of Baguio City’s Team Lakay. With a victory, Subba feels he will be one step closer to a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship.

“Whatever ONE Championship has planned for me, the goal is to win a world title for Malaysia,” said Subba, who faces his toughest test yet in Eustaquio.

Eustaquio is arguably the Philippines’ most talented fighter at flyweight, with a record of seven wins and only four defeats. The Filipino stalwart is known for keeping his cool and composure in the face of adversity, while dishing out some of the fastest strikes in the business nicely packed in Wushu Sanshou.

For Subba, the fact that Eustaquio is also on the rise makes him feel their paths would inevitably cross one day.

“I always knew that I would eventually be fighting Geje Eustaquio so I wasn’t surprised that I got the matchup,” said Subba. “He’s fought some of the best in the division and I’m working my way up, it was inevitable.”

At seven wins and just one loss, Subba is at the top of the list of flyweight prospects on the cusp of a breakout performance. All Subba needs is one solid victory against a highly-ranked opponent, and he could be next in line for a crack at ONE Championship gold.

Eustaquio, 26, has competed for the ONE title before, losing via Guillotine Choke submission to former champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes. Despite the loss, the Filipino was able to showcase his solid striking technique and impeccable timing and although Moraes was able to gut out the victory, it didn’t come without resistance.

In Eustaquio’s most recent bout earlier this year, he stopped another Malaysian fighter in Saiful “The Vampire” Merican. Eustaquio clipped Merican on the temple with a clubbing left hook that sent him reeling to the canvas. The Filipino then finished the job with a technical ground kick, coercing referee Joey Lepiten to call a halt to the contest.

It was an abrupt and sweet night for Eustaquio, whose highlight reel finish made the rounds on social media shortly after his victory.

Despite his opponent’s high caliber, Subba feels he is well equipped to handle anything Eustaquio brings to the table.

“Filipinos are known to be durable and strong. The strategy is to beat Geje everywhere,” said Subba. “ I’m not afraid to test my striking and I’m confident in my ground game. Geje is tough just like the rest of my opponents before.”

A victory here should bring Subba one step closer to a title shot against reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov, or a gatekeeper fight against former champion Moraes.

On the flipside, after Eustaquio’s stunning victory over Merican last January, a victory over Subba may be just the ticket the Filipino will also need to book another title shot.

The winner of this bout will undoubtedly be lined up for another huge fight in the near future. But even then, if the opportunity doesn’t immediately present itself, Subba says he is fine waiting.

“If I have to wait, it will just be more time to work on my game,” said Subba, constantly working on improving his skills. “The motivation is and has always been to be the best that I can be. Having a supporting family and great teammates who have the same goals makes it easy for me to work hard day in and day out.”

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