The first ever MFC event took place this past Tuesday November 24th at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila. The event was created by Mr. Jesser Cordova, chairman of Life Ring Society Inc, to promote health and fitness among Filipino Seafarers. According to Mr. Cordova, there are currently about 1 million Filipino Seafarers and one of the major issues the industry is facing is the poor health and fitness of our kababayans that board these ships. Being a martial artist himself, Muay Thai practitioner, he decided that the best way to whip these boys into shape was through martial arts!
The event was comprised of five Muay Thai and five Mixed Martial Arts fights. It was a successful night filled with action and exciting knockouts. We can’t wait for the next MFC fight night!
Muay Thai Bouts:
The first three Muay Thai fights ended in a TKO which had the crowd in the stadium amped up and ready for more action! Daryl Antero, a Muay Thai fighter, knocked out his opponent with a devastating right hook. Prior to this knockout blow, it seemed as if Daryl was the one absorbing punches. Jojo from PowCast.net Fight Sports caught up with Daryl to find out what happened:
“Dun ako nagising… laban na pala. Mabigat pero mabagal yung suntok nya. Alam ko na sa taas ng ulo sya tumatama. Mali ang target, matigas dun. Dapat sa baba. Kaya alam ko kaya ko! (That’s when I woke up and realized its fight time. His punches were heavy but slow. I also knew that he was hitting me on the top of the head. That’s the wrong target, that’s the part of the head is hard. He should aim for the chin. I knew I could take him)”
Daryl’s fight was follow by other exciting Muay Thai bouts. The Muay Thai portion of the event was capped off by Jonathan Pardo winning the first ever MFC Muay Thai Championship belt. After his win Jonathan had a positive message for the Philippine Muay Thai community:
“Unang belt ko po ito. Sana may mga sumunod pa na belt. Sana mas lalo pa mag grow ang Muay Thai sa Pilipinas. Kaya natin lumaban sa maga ibang bansa. Marami magagaling dito. (This is my first belt, I’m hoping for more belts in the future. I also hope that Muay Thai grows further in the Philippines. We can compete against other countries there’s a lot of talented fighters in the Philippines)”
MMA Main Event: CJ “The Golden Boy” De Tomas VS Jonathan Teodoro
The most awaited MMA main event was dominated by the “Golden Boy” CJ De Tomas. One would never expect that a humble young man with a sweet smile would be such a monster in the ring!
PowCast.net Fight Sports affiliate Amir Arias had a chance to talk with “The Golden Boy” De Tomas before the fight and asked him how he prepared himself for this event. He said
“Nagfocus lang ako sa striking, pero Hindi naman kami nagpabaya sa ground work ko (I just focused on my striking but I didn’t forget about my ground work also). CJ went on to say: “Tantiyahin ko muna kung kaya sa striking, pag malakas tumanggap ng suntok ay dadalhin ko na sa baba (I’ll feel out my opponent first to see if he can take a punch, if he can, then I’ll take him to the ground). ”
CJ is one of the youngest Blue Belts in KMA BJJ, he got his blue belt at age 17, he’s also a former member of the Philippine Wrestling Team. “The Golden Boy” has also developed excellent striking skills, making this young guy a complete fighter!
CJ won in the very first round beating Jonathan Teodoro, a ripped and well built opponent. He started off by feeling out his opponent and deciding whether to stand and strike or take his opponent down. After the very short feeling out process, CJ decides to strike with his opponent. He caught Teodoro with a double hook punch that dropped him to the ground. He followed him to the ground and executed wonderful bull pass to before landing the final hammer fist that made the referee stop the fight.
It was another sweet victory for this young undefeated fighter. Who do you think “The Golden Boy” should fight next? Give us your thoughts on the comments section below!