Regaining Glory Starts at FightCon
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.”
Miado Eyes Using Newfound Confidence in BJJ at International Debut
Interviewing Jeremy Miado almost feels like chatting with an amateur fighter. No, we’re not talking about the arrogance of someone who’s had a month of jiu-jitsu training and thinks he can take on anyone on the street. Jeremy is the polar opposite.
A native of Legazpi City, Albay, Miado has the humility of a neophyte putting on a pair of gloves for the first time. But obviously, he is far from that. Miado is, in fact, the current Blaze FC strawweight champion.
On April 21, in a card littered with ONE’s Filipino staples, he will have the chance to prove that he is fit for the big leagues as he steps inside the ONE Championship cage for the first time. His opponent is compatriot Robin Catalan of Catalan Fighting System.
Walkout songs do more than set the mood for a fight
A fighter may choose a song to either calm him or build murder inside his head. Others choose a tune to represent where they come from. Some choose songs simply to prove that they have good taste in music. And once in a while, you bump into names like Akihiro Gono, Genki Sudo, and “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, whose entrances are as much fun as – if not more than – their performances once the cage doors shut.
It’s always fun to see our modern-day warriors embrace their time under the lights. Here are our 13 personal choices for the best entrance songs in the UFC in no particular order.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”, Jim Miller
This writer is perhaps the biggest CCR fan under the age of 35 not obsessing on caffeine. This song screams jeprox, and Jim Miller has the style and attitude to go with it. Much like Fogerty and the crew, this Jersey boy is every inch a working class hero.
DMX, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, Anderson Silva
Just how many of Silva’s opponents has he defeated before they even lock horns? Blame it on his skill and reputation, which the GOAT has primed us with the haunting effect of DMX’s vocals as he takes a spin on this Bill Withers classic.
Poe, “Angry Johnny”, Jon Jones
Click on the photo to listen to “Angry Johnny”.
Some people accuse Jones of hypocrisy: looking like a role model during post-fight interviews but outside the cage, his acts betray his intentions. Like the song, he is open for interpretations. One thing is certain, though: the song is as eclectic as his fighting style but it works. Damn straight, it does.