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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


THE inaugural event of Cebu Extreme Fight League (CEFL) promises to be an exhilarating show that will be highlighted by a main event that should bring the house down.

“I expect a knockout or a submission,” Yaw-Yan Ardigma CEO and founder Benigno “Ekin” Caniga said yesterday in the presser for this Saturday night’s amateur MMA show CEFL–“The Beginning” at the Cebu Coliseum.

Caniga is referring to the main event bout, which will be a three-rounder between Yaw-Yan Ardigma’s Lando “Alamid” Nacua and Cebu-based French Raul “French” Carrere of Unified MMA.

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Both Nacua and Carrere are dreaded strikers, so expect a stand-up fight.

“By the name Alamid, my offense is my best defense. I know there will be a knockout. I have been training in silence, let my success make the noise,” said Nacua.

Get the job done

Carerre didn’t predict a knockout, but he assured that he’ll get the job done because of his rigid training.

“I train a lot. I train six days a week. I’m confident enough because I train a lot,” he said.

Because this is an amateur MMA show, fighters will be wearing head gears, but the same rules still apply except for shorter time in rounds, four minutes instead of five.

Yaw-Yan Simaron’s Roy Bajar takes on Tatus Muay Thai MMA’s Niño Saoy in a classic grappler versus striker in the show’s co-headliner.

“In terms of MMA, he has the upper hand. He is a jiu-jitsu specialist, while I’m better in the stand up. However, I trained hard and sacrificed my stand-up to train in MMA,” said Saoy.

Saoy is a veteran in Muay Thai and a deadly striker. Bajar, however, isn’t focused on that, but rather on how to use his knowledge of the sport in his debut fight.

“I’m not an expert because this is just my first fight. I’ll just show everything that I have learned (in the gym),” he said.
Veterans Erving Mosico and Johnjier Torbiso face off in one of the featured fights of the MMA show.

Undercards

In the undercard, John Dulap takes on Ronilee Castro, Earl Surigao is up against Brayan Otida, Bryan Nuñez slugs it out with Rodil Lamoste, Junrey Soquite locks horns with Rodel Valisado, David Po faces off with Roel Arcipe.

A couple of 10-year-olds, Ken Caniga and Benedict Torbiso, are seeing action in a rare children’s division bout, while Angel Sanchez and Brigette Torbiso battle each other in the women’s division fight.

Philip John Remedio takes on Bobby Daclan in the MMA show’s curtain raiser.

Tickets are pegged at P300 for VIP, P200 for ringside seats, P150 for lower box section and P100 for upper box. Tickets are sold at the Yaw-Yan Ardigma Gym and at the Cebu Coliseum. EKA

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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