Power in the Word “NO!”
UFC ambassador Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz made a protracted visit to the Philippines as part of the build up to this year’s UFC Manila fight card featuring two-division world champion BJ Penn and perennial featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas.
On two separate occasions – first during the on-sale press conference last August 17 and then an anti-bullying seminar held on August 20 – Munoz spoke of his experience of being bullied, which led him to take up wrestling, and the anti-bullying campaign he started in the US. “I was bullied when I was 13 because I was mataba,” he told the press last Wednesday. “I was bullied; they took my Jordans.” The J’s were his parents’ Christmas gift that year, and in addition to the bullies taking them away, they also beat 13-year-old Mark up. “I went home without telling my parents. I pretended to be sick for three days. When my dad noticed, he told me, ‘You’re not sick; go to school!’ In school, I kept my head down; I was afraid to look at people. Because if I saw [my bully], then he would see me.”
Mark Munoz talking about his experience being bullied. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” and his anti-bullying campaign has made a positive impact on so many American kids and he wishes to do the same for Filipino kids and teenagers here.
Team Lakay Grappler’s Cup Going Strong with 25th Event
The North has long been a training ground for an explosive breed of submission fighters. In the recent Grappler’s Cup that took place at the Baguio Convention Center, grapplers from different teams showed just why they are a force in the local grappling scene.
The event attracted PXC and ONE fighters like Danny Kingad and Harold Banario, who won their respective divisions. Overall team champion was Team Lakay La Trinidad, which drew strength from their younger grapplers.
“That’s the fun part—they’re strong, agile, and most of them started out young,” said participant Joshua Abella (Toughguys Fabricio), who last fought and made a good showing against grapplers from the North during the wrestling nationals in 2009.
“The experience made me respect the skills of the Cordillerans when it comes to grappling. They are very technical, and at the same time, explosive and strong. I think most of them do not have the means to compete in Manila but arguably, you can find some of the best and toughest grapplers here.”
Congratulations to organizer Coach Mark Sangiao and all the winners! The rest of the teams that participated include Lakay Central, University of the Cordilleras Wushu Jaguars, Gridlock Gym, Lakay San Fernando City (La Union), Fight Corps MMA, Tribal Submission Team Torogi, Bravehearts Gym, Attackers Gym, and Toughguys Fabricio.
UFC 200 was an EPIC Weekend for Smart Bro Fight Fans
Since the UFC partnered up with Cignal TV and Smart Bro to carry the promotion’s exclusive content in the Philippines at the start of the year, Skinny Mike’s BGC has been a staple venue partner for live viewing events of the UFC’s best PPV events. July 10’s UFC 200, touted as the biggest fight card in MMA history, was no exception.
To give you a sense of just how crowded Skinny Mike’s got during the UFC 200 BROkada Live Viewing Party last Sunday, here’s a 360-degree image at the start of the co-main event between “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar and Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt.