The Morning After: Breaking Down Rafael Dos Anjos’ Welterweight Debut

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How Did Rafael Dos Anjos Fair Against Tarec Saffiedine?

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After enduring three main card bouts that went the distance, many people would probably remember Holly Holm’s third-round head kick KO of Bethe Correira as the highlight of UFC Fight Night Singapore. While it’s hard to argue against that, perhaps a lot of you would agree that Rafael dos Anjos’ welterweight debut against Tarec Saffiedine was the most intriguing of the main card bouts. A former champion moving up or down in weight is always an interesting prospect. The perennial question of whether they retain their speed or power, among other attributes, could be glimpsed during their debut in the new weight class. And so, here’s our breakdown of RDA’s welterweight debut performance.

Many critics point to the size differential between lightweights and welterweights in general as an obvious disadvantage for Dos Anjos. Saffiedine in particular enjoys a significant height advantage over RDA, and he is not shy about using his range to maim his opponents with kicks. Last night, we saw RDA neutralize Saffiedine’s range by cutting the Octagon and making Tarec fight in the clinch. Dos Anjos would move forward and use his signature left body kick and right leg kick to keep Saffiedine in the pocket. He would then slug with the Belgian to get close enough for the clinch. Inside the clinch, RDA fires powerful knees that visibly bucked Tarec’s midsection. Dos Anjos’ inclination to target the body paid dividends as Saffiedine showed incredible agility whenever RDA went headhunting, but could not escape the Brazilian’s left body kick which repeatedly found its home throughout the three-rounder.
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Miguel Alo: Team Sprawl’s Prodigal Son Could Be Philippine MMA’s Comeback Kid

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Regaining Glory Starts at FightCon

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After defeating heavy hitter Mario Sismundo in 2012, Team Sprawl’s Miguel Alo went on hiatus to focus on life outside of MMA. This came as a shock to rabid fans as the wrestling hotshot had a promising career, having also beaten former URCC featherweight champion Red Romero and shared the ring with Will Chope.

“This is the first time I’ll be fighting while having an 8-to-5 job. I can say that training after office hours is very difficult as compared to doing only MMA. But it makes you a tougher person, and that quality carries over inside the cage and other aspects of life.”

On May 13 at FightCon, he will be up against Submission Sport’s Benjo Penzon, who despite not having as much professional MMA experience than Alo, has remained active in the grappling scene during his time off. Alo, however, maintains that he is in shape 365 days a year even if he’s not competing.

In his words, “I hibernated for five years, but I’m always fighting in my dreams when I’m asleep.”
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MMA Philippines’ FightCon Survival Guide

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FightCon 2017 is Upon Us

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With less than a week away from the biggest fighting and conditioning convention in the country, we are here to give you some tips so you can enjoy FightCon 2017 to the fullest. We had fun last year, so here are some key things to remember for the full FightCon experience on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

BE EARLY

This year’s FightCon promises to be an action-packed day for fight fans with a lot of activities lined up throughout the day. As early as 10 AM, fight fans can take their chance at conquering the conditioning challenge — an event that proves to be a FightCon favorite. There will also be demos from different combat sports, Rollapalooza, MMA and Muay Thai matches, and live music from the country’s finest rock acts.

BRING EXTRA CASH

P300 gets you in the event. But the organizers of FightCon are offering ticket packs with loads of freebies. Raise your FightCon experience with the VIP pack that includes a VIP ticket, FightCon 2017 shirt, tumbler, and drink stub so you can just sit back and relax the whole day. Also, you might want to check out the booths for your fight gear fix. For tickets/event packs, you may contact +63917 513 4877 or visit their Facebook store.

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