Quijano: Sportswriter Maglinte shows ‘em how it’s done-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
IT’S A downright shame that Mixed Martial Arts events in Cebu don’t happen that often. Blame that on the lack of financial resources that beset would-be promoters.
But if the top-notch action and the blissful reaction of the action-hungry throng gathered at the Cebu Coliseum at Ground and Pound 7 last Saturday night was any indication, MMA is indeed gaining ground as a sport.
It’s coming into its own in the mainstream and most fans do not view it anymore as the dangerous, bloody sport it was often perceived to be.
MAIN EVENT. Despite losing to Cris Brooks in the main event, I give my props to 18-year-old Loyd Abucayan.
This kid has yet to gain his man-strength, but he exhibited heart, courage and an indomitable warrior spirit.
Clearly overmatched against a hulking leviathan, Abucayan was dominated and flung around like a rag doll around the ring.
Abucayan had been banking on his excellent wrestling and judo background against the Yawyan trained Brooks, but the latter’s obvious edge in the strength and power department was just too much.
It was a marvel to behold Abucayan survive the terrifying assault unleashed by Brooks.
Up close at ringside, you could see Loyd wince like the man-child that he still was every time a brutal leg kick would land.
LEMUEL MAGLINTE. Proving that he is a serious contender in the local MMA circuit, fellow sportswriter Lemeul Maglinte delivered a scintillating performance by submitting John “Excalibur” Torbiso in just 39 seconds of the very first round.
Aware of his opponent’s vaunted boxing background, Lemeul found his groove early. He started off with a high kick which was partially blocked by Torbiso.
Lemuel tried to shoot for the takedown but Trobiso was initially able to thwart it and hang on. The clever sportswriter went for the leg sweep instead and when both fighters went down with Lemuel on top, Torbiso was initially able to lock in a front choke.
However, Torbiso was unable to get some leverage on it and Lemuel escaped and was soon raining blows on Torbiso.
The latter then gave his back, giving Lemuel the opportunity to lock in the rear naked choke.
Congrats “Musang”, we are so proud of you. I’m your biggest fan, by the way.
NOTEWORTHY. Other noteworthy performances came from Victor Torre and Rey Yamit.
Yamit initially had some trouble against the determined and technically-proficient Robert ‘Maldito” Serdone.
Serdone suvived Yamit’s initial onslaught and managed to lock in a rear naked choke early in the round. Yamit’s experience came into play and he patiently maneuvered himself out of it to lock in a rear naked choke of his own and win the fight at the 3:36 mark.
In terms of jiu-jitsu prowess and proficiency I rated his fight the best of the night.
Victor Torre proved too tough and too experienced for James “Spider” Serenio who had been gaining some following due to his impressive knockout streak.
Torre initially landed a kick to the groin just seconds into the fight and the action was immediately halted to give Serenio time to recover.
When action resumed, Torre managed to trap one of Serenio’s outstretched arms and as the latter slammed him down in an attempt to extricate himself, Torre simply made adjustments and exerted more pressure, forcing “the Spider” to tap.
VERBATIM. “F***ing ridiculous stoppage!!! The guys with experience make mistakes. That guy had no business being in the Co Main Event!”--UFC President Dana White on Frank Mir’s stoppage loss to Josh Barnett at UFC 164. @danawhite
LAST ROUND. It’s on Atty Eufemia Bacalso of the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas who celebrates her birthday this week. Cheers!
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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2013.