High Stakes for Rolando Dy’s Second Chance
Fighting in the hallowed Octagon is Rolando Dy’s dream “since Day One.” However, Dy will have to literally fight for his dream to stay alive, as he was given another chance to remain in the roster of the premier MMA league.
Dy revealed that the UFC already decided to cut him last month. “[Nakatanggap] kami ng email sa UFC na they will cut me. So, okay, tinanggap namin ‘yon,” Dy shared. (We received an email from the UFC that they will cut me. So, okay, we accepted that.)
But Dy’s UFC tenure is not over just yet; he received another email from the UFC, asking him to fight on a two-week notice. And although it was a very steep mountain to climb, Dy agreed to fight Wuliji Buren in the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Gastelum, in his opponent’s home of Shanghai, China.
Since making his Octagon debut last June, Dy has yet to taste victory inside an Ultimate Fighting Championship cage. Dy showed fire in the opening round of his debut fight against veteran Alex Caceres, but he was TKO’d due to an eye injury that he suffered in the second round.
He then had a shot at redemption three months later, but he was beaten by Japanese Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision in the undercard of UFC Saitama.
Remembering Our Independence Day Weekend
Every year, the UFC holds one of its biggest events during the United States’ Independence Day weekend. This year, we Filipinos had the privilege of having our own version, thanks to Joey Calvo and the rest of the PXC brass. The weigh-ins was wrought with disappointment and controversy; the fight night was filled with fast-paced action, most of which ended in brutal fashion. Our photographers Yin Quintin and Raul Landingin captured the moments that made PXC 48 a fight weekend to remember.
PXC 48 Weigh-Ins
PXC ring girls Abby Poblador and Lhea Bernardino
Nilo Vidal facing off with Adamson Torbiso
Intense face off between Roman Alvarez and Ernie Braca
Harold Banario facing off with Mark “Tyson” Abelardo
Looks of concern from both Crisanto Pitpitunge and Alvin Cacdac after both failed to make weight
Kyle Aguon and Rolando Dy exchange words as they face off. “I’ll break you apart,” Dy repeats again and again as they were separated.
PXC 48 Fight Night
Agree or disagree: PXC has the best ring girls in Abby Poblador…
And Lhea Bernardino!
Truths and Myths Behind Nutrition in MMA
With PXC 48 having to rebook its twin championship bouts due to 3 of the 4 fighters missing weight, a long-debated topic has once again resurfaced in local combat sports – do local fighters need nutrition advice integrated into their training programs?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’d probably expect that this should be a standard for any professional fighter engaging in any type of combat sport, right? Sadly, a lot of our local gyms and/or coaches do not even include nutrition into their training programs for a variety of reasons. Some would prefer to stick to the “old ways” of developing fighters which end up harming them, while others simply do not have funds to even start a proper diet plan. As a result, the weight cut for a lot of local fighters is a mixed bag of trial and error when it shouldn’t be in the first place.