Balikatan “Heart of warrior” results

It has been an action packed night inside the Markina Sports complex. . Baliktan 14 was scheduled to have 20 fights in one night (however 1 foreign fighters didn’t make it) Just like previous edition, the 14th Balikatan “Heart of warrior” was definitely worth watching!
Despite the last minute changes and delay (Props to the UGB owner Fredi Munsayac for helping out during the crunch time) it has been indeed a night that combat sports enthusiast didn’t want to miss!
Match No. 1
First match was a Kickboxing fight between Dick Lopez of SPARTACUS GYM, QC and Sandip Talwar of YAW-YAN BATANGAS CITY.

Dick Lopez landed some solid straight punches but couldn’t capitalize the opportunity because of the nonstop movements of Sandip Talwer who loves to throw A LOT of spinning back fist. I personally asked Dick about this thoughts on the fight, he said he couldn’t set up his kicks because of Sandip movements and the tons of spinning back fist he’s been throwing all throughout the fight. – The result was a Draw

Match No.2
Edrion Macatangay of HIGHER GROUND vs Arden Vallejo of TEAM FREE STYLE.
It was a quick match between the 2 warrios. Arden Vallejo was able to slam Edrion however, ironically the Taekwondo based fighter pulled off a successful rear naked choke inside the first round. –  Edrion Macatangay got a quick W by a rear naked choke.
Match 3
Hurtado executed several take downs and he was even able to slam Sy who tried to end the fight with a triangle choke however he didn’t succeed.  –  Hurtado winning by a Uniramous Decision.
Match 4.
Ronel Castro of GLOBAL SIKARAN FED. Vs Fran Angelo Galvez of XTREME BOXING GYM QC
Galvez wasn’t even in the venue during the fight night.  Master Henry Kobayashi announced that Galvez competed in UGB just a week ago then officially announced Castro as the winner via default. (Medical reason)
Match 5
Dulnuan scored a slam in 1st round and finished the fight in 2nd round via rear naked choke.
Match 6
Franco Jose Gallardo of EMPIRE BOXING GYM TEAM vs Ace Darwin Ross of YAW-YAN KAMPILAN.
It was a quick match in favor or Gallardo who managed to end the fight in full mount position.
Match No 7
Highlight of the fight was the successful take down and a slam in 3rd round by Mendoza who earned the unanimous decision.
Match 8
Jomar Garcia BLACK UNICORN MAKATI vs Charles Dominique Saison of GIBOR MMA
Saison successfully did a leg trip take down in the first round then finished the 3rd round via submission win
Match No.9
Keith Brian Lasqiote of SAMSON COLLEGE MMA QC vs Eric Heinz Llagas YAW-YAN KAMPILAN MAKATIThis fight won the “Best Fight of the Night” award!
Lasquite showcased his impressive footwork as he went in and out Llagas of course returned the favor.
The fight was indeed a quality and entertaining fight, from stand up to ground both warriors gave it all!Lasquitte and his sneaky footwork caused Llagas a bloody nose in the 2nd round and in the 3rd Lasquitte’s fighting style seemed to back fired as he ran out of gas, unlike the in the first round where Llags can barely land solid striking, Lasquitte slowd down and looks exhausted and Llagas then took him down and finished the exciting fight via ground and pound!
Match 10

It’s somewhat “Controversial “fight.  Canata was initially announced as the winner however Master Henry Kobayashi himself announced that it should have been a split draw instead of split decision in favor of Canata. The announcement came in after they reviewed and found out that the 3rd judge scored the fight as a draw.

Reppin’ Spartacus MMA

I caught up with Dik Lopez of Spartacus MMA as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Sandip Talwar of Yaw-Yan Batangas City  in Baliktan 14 “Heart of a Warrior” on Jan 30 at Trevi Excutive Vilage Multi-purpose hall in Concepcion Uno, Marikina.

I quickly jumped on the opportunity to ask him several questions about how he got into combats sport, his favorite striking technique, his upcoming fight and his thoughts on the next UFC fight between Pettis and Alvarez.

Dick Lopez doing mitts. 

How did you get into combat sports?

“I started with Taekwondo back in high school then after that I started looking into other type of martial arts and that’s when I discovered Muai thai and boxing
How long have you’ve been training?

“I have been doing Muay thai and Boxing since 2010”
Were you doing continues training then?

“No, but I started doing continues training in 2011 and on the following year I became a coach here (Spartacus gym)”
Could u tell us about your overall fighting style?
“I’m into kick boxing so I’m more comfortable with striking. As far as ground I’ve had 2 months of wrestling training in the past and in terms submission its fine, I have joined and won 3rd place in grappling competition which was held in Marikina”
Do you have a favorite striking technique?

“Liver lunch and the liver leg kick”
What else is keeping you busy?

“Aside from my day job, I am also a volunteer fire fighter”
Do you have a plan to pursue a professional career?

I’m planning to pursue a pro career in Kick Boxing or MMA but since I have a day job it’s hard for me to make time for training so at the moment I’m only doing amateur fights”
What is your current amateur record?

“I’ve had 4 fights in kickboxing and my current amateur record is 2-2”
 How are you preparing for your next fight?

“I just started my training. Not easy because I’m on night shift so I had to take 1 week leave from work “
What do you know about our opponent?
“I just saw his picture on the page of Baliktan and all I know about him is his weight and height”
How do you feel about your upcoming fight? Are you nervous or excited? Especially you don’t know about your opponent, how are you gonna approach the fight? Any game plan other than your favorite techniques?
“It’s a mixed feelings, I don’t know about him so I’d like to stay relax. If the liver punch and liver leg kick won’t work, I’ll just relax and figure it out there”
How do you expect to end the fight?
“I’m gonna play it clean and I won’t let it end in decision! “
Next week the fight against Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez will take place, we are just curious to know your thoughts on this this fight, as a fighter yourself how do see this fight?

“I think Pettis has an edge in terms of skills and techniques”
Thanks for your time and good luck to your upcoming fight!

Dick Lopez showing how to set up a liver punch and liver leg kick.

Pretty Fighter from Oman will Fight at MMA Balikatan 14

Sahara Hamayon Hitting Mitts!

Sahara Hamayon getting ready for her debut fight against Teddy Marie Dela Cruz on Jan 30, 2015 at Trevi Executive Village, Multi-Purpose Hall, JP Rizal Ave, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.

Sahara doing mitts with the promising Yaw-Yan Hybrid Fighter Willie John Benidicto who currently holds a flawless amateur record of 4-0.

The Muscat native who’s also a part Filipina is set to fly to Thailand to continue her training.

Sahara vs Teddy Marie Dela Cruz is ON! Come and witness the fight live on Jan 30, 2015 at Trevi Executive Village, Multi-Purpose, Hall, JP Rizal Ave, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.