Team Lakay dreams of UFC appearance-A A +A
Friday, February 15, 2013
THE country’s top mix martial arts (MMA) gym is looking forward to another fruitful year following Honorio Banario’s big win in One Fighting Championship (One FC).
Banario, the newly crowned featherweight champ in Asia’s largest MMA, is being eyed for another title defense this year in Manila.
Aside from the next title defense, Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao hopes to finally bring one of his wards in the biggest mix martial arts promotions in the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
“It’s every MMA fighter’s dream to be in UFC and I know we’ve been working hard for this. Hopefully this year we can have a chance to play in the Olympics of MMA,” said Sangiao during the opening of their Lakay La Trinidad Gym in Km 4.
Fellow Lakay Eduard Folayang, currently the URCC welterweight champion, was rumored to be eyed by the UFC a few years ago before he signed up with One FC but that plan is shelved so far.
The 27-year-old Folayang earlier said he is happy bringing honor to the country by playing in MMA leagues other than the UFC and believes there are lots of potential athletes who could make the jump someday.
Sangiao, on the other hand, is bracing for another busy months ahead for some of his wards.
Troy Bantiag, together with Banario’s younger brother, Dario, will see action in the Guam based promotion Pacific X-Treme Combat which is set on Feb. 16 at the Ynares Sports Complex.
Bantiag, who holds a record of four wins and one loss will go up against American Tony Reyes while Dario, who has a 2-0 record, squares off against another Filipino, Joseph Mercado.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 15, 2013.