Excellent matchups, no circus of any form, just fights — the return of Tiger BRAWL Bacolod is in the books. Seriously, the only real intermission that night was when the crowd sang “Happy birthday” to Rio Saoy. On a night filled with thrilling performances, here are a few that stand out:
Mark “The Shark” Nimanand (6100 Martial Arts and Fitness) vs. Rio “Pitbull” Saoy (Mactan Combat Sports)
A well-conditioned Saoy absorbed the best of Nimanand’s punches, and even took him down in the heat of battle. But Nimanand had takedowns of his own, and finished strong on all three rounds to take the unanimous decision.
>> Huge props to the young Nimanand for forcing a former Muay Thai national team member to take the fight to the ground on several occasions. With the backing of a solid team, this young prospect may find his place in the industry if he gives the sport enough focus.
Joemar “The Island Fighter” Bayang (Legacy Gym Boracay) vs. Pablo “The Boomer” Meñosa (Pure Muscle Gym)
FOX+ is the New Home of the UFC in the Philippines
I don’t know about you, but a little piece of me died when Hyper HD was replaced by One Sports last January 9, 2019. It was a mad scramble for us to find out where we could watch live UFC events, more so as the fated clash between TJ “Snake” Dillashaw – attempting to become a two-division champ – and Henry Cejudo draws near.
Yesterday, UFC and FOX Networks Group Asia announced a multi-year media-rights deal in the Philippines that will see the streaming of UFC’s 42 live events in 2019, including its prestigious Pay-Per-View (PPV) events and original programming, on video-streaming service FOX+. As expected, the first event is the highly anticipated flyweight championship superfight between UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. It will be streamed live on Sunday, January 20, starting at 11am on FOX+ with a catch up option post the live event.
FOX+ is FOX Networks Group Asia’s video-streaming service available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. The good news is, a free 30-day trial is available for new subscribers.
Count on Encore House of Athletes to stay at the forefront of promoting the sport of jiu-jitsu in Pasig. Last December, coach Joshua Abella and the team successfully organized the 1st Encore Jiu-Jitsu Invitational Tournament despite the heavy rains.
It was a two-day event that featured gi and no gi action courtesy of Encore’s resident stranglers along with other grapplers from NorCal Grappling Crew, KMA, New Era Wrestling comprising of Sprawl, Atos, and Origins BJJ members, as well as independent competitors.
On day 1, brothers Joaquin and Joshua Dy brought their impressive guard game to make their presence felt, topping their respective divisions in the gi, just like Emerald Tayag and Jigs Quesada. The following day, returning competitors Mitchell Ian Nadres and Ansis Barretto proved they still have it as they impressed in their respective categories. Joshua Cabalinan took his division and the absolutes.
The first Encore Jiu-Jitsu Invitational Tournament was supported by Entrap FightGear, which provided prizes and discounts to the podium finishers. Encore House of Athletes, on the other hand, gave out free gym passes.