MMA Santa is Back at the World Bazaar Festival!
MMA Philippines, in partnership with Hayabusa and Venum Philippines, joins the feivities at the World Bazaar Festival for our third year. This time around, our sale coincides with the two leading MMA brands’ online sale, which means MMA fighters, enthusiasts, and fans outside of the Greater Manila Area could still make their MMA Christmas wishes come true!
That said, people have been flocking to the bazaar since Day 1 to grab their MMA gear at unbelievably low prices. So let’s get into our Christmas tradition of listing what we think are the top 5 steals in this year’s Christmas bazaar!
#1 Hayabusa Ikusa Charged Boxing Gloves (PHP 4,500 from PHP 5,400)
How sulit is this!? Hayabusa Ikusa Charged was introduced late last year, reached our shores just this year, and they’re already on sale for you guys to have the latest Hayabusa gloves in the Philippine market to hit the pads before the year ends.
Hayabusa is all about performance, and the Ikusa is their traditional boxing glove series that uses superior engineered leather for long-lasting performance that doesn’t crack under pressure. Perfect for hitting the bags, mitt work, or sparring, the third iteration of this Hayabusa classic gets it right with a design that doesn’t scream “NOTICE ME!” but makes those who appreciate fight fashion take a second glance.
How Did Rafael Dos Anjos Fair Against Tarec Saffiedine?
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.
“It’s business nowadays. If you don’t talk, you don’t get anywhere.”
Ever since his famous/infamous mic drop during UFC London’s post-fight press conference, interest in Gegard Mousasi has steadily increased among news sites and fight fans. For someone who has perpetually been described as quiet, calm, and stoic, this version of Mousasi caught everyone off guard, surprising even the current middleweight champion Michael Bisping, at that time sharing the card with him and having just defeated the great Anderson Silva. “I’ve never seen so much personality out of Gegard,” said Bisping during the said presser. “I like this Gegard. Look at this guy. You’ve got a snappy shirt on.”
What came after was a string of victories – all four coming by way of KO/TKO – that catapulted the former Strikeforce, Dream, and Cage Warriors champion into the Top 5 of the middleweight division and very much into title contention.