Rolando Dy’s Redemption

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High Stakes for Rolando Dy’s Second Chance

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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.
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UFC Manila Scouting Report: Eight Local and Regional Prospects the UFC Can Sign

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Who do you want to see inside the Octagon?

The UFC returns to the Philippines with another UFC Fight Night on October 15, 2016. This is the second year in a row that the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is visiting the country, preceded by the massive success of their first outing headlined by former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and perennial bantamweight contender Urijah “The California Kid” Faber last May 2015.

Just like any UFC Fight Night card held outside the US, a healthy representation of local and regional talent is always welcome. So we did our due diligence to compile a list of top prospects in the local and regional MMA circuit who we have personally witnessed inside the cage. This list includes those who have publicly expressed their desire to compete in the UFC, as well as fighters whose current contracts allow them to transition to the said promotion without any legal impediments.

Carlo Laurel and Alvin Ramirez

URCC 27 Rebellion 9Alvin “Kastigo” Ramirez and Carlo “Samurai” Laurel engaged in a war inside the URCC cage last April that saw Ramirez victorious with a third-round TKO via doctor stoppage. Ramirez is as close to a real-life Tekken fighter as can be; and Laurel, a fighter known for his crafty grappling, surprised everyone when he decided to stand and bang with his Yaw-Yan Buhawi opponent. But both fighters’ worth goes beyond what they can give and receive inside the cage. These guys know what hype is all about.

With ONE Championship, PXC, and the URCC all holding events in Manila last April, a Nielsen TV viewing survey revealed that the URCC was the most watched MMA event that month, even surpassing UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux. We’d like to think that this was largely because of Carlo Laurel’s pre-fight antics rubbing Alvin Ramirez the wrong way, and the two engaging in an all-out Facebook war that led people to take notice. While some die-hard MMA purists disapprove of Laurel’s hype mechanism, MMA promotions are in the business of selling fights, and Carlo Laurel was the URCC’s golden goose in building interest for their April fight card.

12705274_10205582102381110_8482210303897796198_nWe casually chatted with Laurel and Ramirez, and as per Laurel, his contract stipulates that once the UFC comes knocking, the URCC will allow him to compete for the US-based promotion. We believe the same holds true for Ramirez and another top prospect from the URCC. In that same conversation, Laurel called out Ramirez to tango a second time around – this time inside the Octagon.

Kwan Ho Kwak

PXC 51 16TOP FC and PXC bantamweight champion Kwak Kwan Ho is clamoring for a chance to compete inside the Octagon. “I am ready for the UFC, and I want to make my debut in October in the Philippines,” the South Korean known as “Handsome” writes on Facebook. Not a stranger to the Filipino MMA crowd, Kwak dominated former champ Kyle Aguon across five rounds both in the stand up and on the ground.
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34 Seconds: Zebaztian Kadestam and Rolando Gabriel Dy Snuff Out Opponents in Record-Breaking Time

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Kadestam Retains Welterweight Belt; Dy Makes a Run for Featherweight Title

 

Glenn Sparv and Koyomi Matsushima were coming in with very impressive resumes for PXC 53. Both were on five-fight win streaks; Matsushima, in particular, was undefeated and all of his wins were via KO/TKO.

On the other hand, PXC welterweight champ Zebaztian Kadestam came from a split decision loss against Hakon Foss in his home country of Sweden, while Rolando Gabriel Dy just recovered from back-to-back losses against Kyle Aguon with a decision victory over Miguel Mosquera.

With the first six bouts of the night going the distance, no one expected the main and co-main events of PXC 53 to last only 34 seconds combined!

In the co-main, a more mature Dy was picking his shots when he planted a perfect left hook on a rushing Matsushima. The Japanese dropped then and there, but “Dy Incredible” sneaked four hammer fists in for insurance before the referee stopped the bout at 23 seconds in the first.

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Dy credits his victory to his faith in Jesus Christ, saying, “This win made my belief in Jesus Christ even stronger. My opponent is undefeated at 5-0; Jesus Christ gave me the strength to overcome this adversity.” This is a far cry from the flamboyant Dy that made him a polarizing figure in Philippine MMA circles. His return to the featherweight division was also a welcome sight, as he was noticeably drawn out cutting too much weight during his previous bantamweight contests. (more…)