Top 5 Steals in the MMA Philippines Christmas Bazaar


MMA Philippines Joins the World Bazaar Festival!


Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we at MMA Philippines are partnering up with Venum and Hayabusa Philippines once more to bring you some awesome treats.

From December 4 to 21, head over to the World Trade Center and avail of Venum and Hayabusa gear and apparel with huge discounts.

Now, there will be tons of goodies for you to ogle over at our booth, but here are five absolute steals for you to grab:

1) Hayabusa Chikara Recast Fight Shorts


The Chikara fight shorts are Hayabusa’s flagship line for their Octagon-worthy fight shorts. Just before the UFC-Reebok deal took over, UFC fighters trusted their Chikara Recast shorts to provide maximum strength, comfort, and flexibility for them to execute their fight-winning moves. The fabric of Hayabusa fight shorts are the thickest in the market: assurance that they won’t rip or tear under pressure.

Abby Poblador is Liberated

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We got (a little too) comfortable with Abby Poblador


How many times have we heard Rico Robles introduce PXC’s resident ring girl with all his gritty might, inciting the crowd into a chorus of boisterous cheers, as Abby Poblador does her intoxicating dance around the Terrordome? Beyond the sex symbol that she has wittingly become, what do we really know of Abby?

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Who would have thought that Abby Poblador likes them big? “I recently sold my R1 and Ducati,” she informed Lakay photographer Raul Landingin as the latter inquired of her bikes. If you follow Abby on social media, you would know that she rides big bikes, owning a Yamaha R1 and a Ducati Monster until recently disposing of them after her boyfriend and riding partner left for the States some time ago. “Although I’m thinking of buying a Harley,” she continued as Raul and her exchanged notes on their bike know-how.

You may have also seen a video of her emptying magazines at a shooting range. What are the biggest guns you own? “I have an AK-47 and a Thompson.” Yes, a freakin’ Tommy gun. Who introduced you to shooting? “Initially, my boyfriend introduced me to shooting. It’s more natural for guys to be into firearms naman, ‘di ba? Then when I tried it, nagustuhan ko. I started buying my own guns.” Do you also shoot with pistols, or just big guns? “Mas gusto ko yung binibira! I’ve tried pistols before, and it’s like, okay, that’s it? With big guns, iba yung thrill eh. Sa submachine gun, inuubos ko ng isang bira yung buong round. Pero magtitira ako for test shots.”

Even though she has modeling shoots with her Ducati, Abby tells us that both hobbies are neither a gimmick nor a marketing ploy. “People ask me, ‘Do you really ride bikes!?’ They’re surprised when I tell them I do.”

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As a model, you’d think that Abby Poblador is a high maintenance lady who’s hard to keep up with. “Actually, bihira akong pumunta ng spa or salon. It’s not my thing. I color my own hair. I do my own nails.” Another assumption people typically have of women in Abby’s line of work is that models have beauty but lack the brains. Here again, she proves us wrong. Graduating with Latin honors during college, I asked her if she ever thought of pursuing a career in the course she finished. “Mass Communcation graduate ako. Hindi ko talaga siya gusto. What I wanted to take was HRIM. But my mom – sila yung nagpapaaral sa akin – gusto niyang maging TV reporter ako. Sinunod ko nalang, and pinagbutihan ko siya. Kinaya ko pang maging scholar (both in Makati Science High School and Philippine Women’s University) kahit na ‘di ko siya gusto, just to prove that I could do it. After I graduated, I still pursued my passion. I tried working in a hotel as guest services officer. I worked in Diamond Hotel and Mandarin Oriental. Pero hindi ko siya nagustuhan, so nag-resign ako. Then I tried modeling. From there, nagtuluy-tuloy na.”

Lhea Bernardino is the It Girl

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Lhea Bernardino is Your New PXC Ring Girl


Lhea Bernardino is a bunny running on Energizer battery cells. If she looks somewhat familiar, you may have seen this bubbly 21-year-old putting on (or taking off) her many hats as: (a) a car show regular as one of the Repsol Babes; (b) a hottie who has graced FHM multiple times; and (c) a ring girl for Pinoy Pride 30, which was Nonito Donaire’s comeback fight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Though this is not her first fight promotion, Lhea admits that the warmth of the local MMA community is very different from that of the boxing world. “When I came to PXC, everyone made me feel welcome with their warm reception personally and online,” she told MMA Philippines during the PXC 48 weigh-ins held at Privato Hotel in Pasig City.

Asked about her exposure to MMA, Lhea said, “I watch the UFC and view fights online. My favorite fighter is Alistair (Overeem)! I got to meet him because I was a candidate in the UFC Ring Girl Search.” While she may be more exposed to the “mainstream” MMA promotions, Lhea believes that PXC as a local-regional promotion has its upsides. “Dito kasi nag-start ang careers ng maraming fighters. Ang ganda rin kasi for any sport to have roots in the Philippines. Tayong mga Pinoy, when we support something, we really become avid fans,” she told us.