Quijano: In “The Beginning”

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


LAST Saturday was MMA night for me, and I brought along a good friend, Clifford Gaite to enjoy the fast-paced action presented by the Cebu Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Promotions, dubbed as “The Beginning”

We ran into Ironman tri-athlete Dino Tormis, an MMA promoter and practitioner himself (not an active fighter) and together we all relaxed and enjoyed the festive, raucous atmosphere only an MMA event can conjure.

The co-main event between Nino Saoy of Tatus Muay Thai MMA and Roy “Agilon” Bajar of Yaw-yan Simaron MMA was a compelling battle between a striker pitted against a ground fighter.

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Right from the get-go, Saoy demonstrated that he was the stronger puncher and you could tell that when he landed, his punches had more torque.

Bajar showed proficiency in taking down Saoy and attempting submissions and this was the pattern repeated all throughout their 3 round bout.

Bajar got the judges nod, and he deserved it, but not before he got wobbled and hurt on several occasions. A good fight, and a learning experience for both fighters.

In the main event, French fighter Raul Carrere of Unified MMA surprised me with his strength and power as he fought tooth and nail with the much larger Lando Nacua of Team Yaw Yan Ardigma.

Nacua won the first round as he scored with several takedowns but Carrere came back in the second with knee strikes and held his own on the ground.

Carrere appeared to have some trouble with the headgear which kept on dislodging, but his worries did not end there. He was mounted in the third and finally had to succumb to a rear naked chokehold skillfully sneaked in by Nacua with just seconds to go in the third.

It was a great night for local MMA, which is parched of events and tournaments that can showcase local fighting talent.

EXPENDABLES 3. The wifey and I had a grand time watching the movie “Expendables 3” the other night. What made it doubly interesting for me was the fact that there were two pro fighters there, both making their acting debuts.

Victor Ortiz, former WBC welterweight champion, stars as “Mars” a weapons expert and marksman who is part of the new crew recruited by Sly Stallone’s character, Barney Ross.

He looked pretty stiff, thespian wise, though he looked the part quite well. “Vicious Vic” also bared some serious muscle in this movie, which surprised me since pro boxers don’t usually bulk up.

But then again, his boxing career is presently mired in a funk (he is currently on a three-fight losing streak). Perhaps this acting gig might be a fruitful alternative.

I was a bit disappointed though that he didn’t get to reprise that sneaky head-butt he landed on Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their championship bout in 2011.

Providing the requisite distaff flavor was UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey who seemed more comfortable in the Hollywood spotlight.

She made quite a visual appeal, especially being surrounded by all the expendable brutes. She’s cast as “Luna”, a nightclub bouncer, whose expertise is maiming and beating up people (No surprise there)

Of course, her trademark scowl was on full display. One thing I realized is that her posturing isn’t just an act.

When she’s actually beating the living beejezus out of her opponents at UFC, that scowl pretty much looks the same as the one on the big screen.

The wifey could not help but comment that we are so used to seeing her frown and snarl, that her smile almost appears too contrived on the big screen.

Now, that’s one badass girl.

VERBATIM. “He’s got a lot of other things to worry about other than just fighting”

-Bellator President Scott Coker on their decision to release War Machine after the assault on porn star Chris Mack

LAST ROUND. It’s on Atty. Jarred Cabilte who celebrates his birth day this week. Cheers! (jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

(Follow me on Twitter @thelastround)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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