To reach the UFC is the goal of many fighters who embark upon their journey as a professional fighter. This goal is not shared by all, however, it is what many set their sights on from the off and this is no different to Pilipino native Rolando Gabriel Dy, who debuts this weekend at UFC Singapore. Rewind to 2011, Dy would describe himself as a guy with nothing, not a dream, career or future for himself. Fast forward six years and his life is completely different, after deciding to go back to college and complete his degree he graduated last year all whilst balancing the hectic schedule of a professional fighter.
His ability to balance education and fighting paid off as his professional career flourished in the regional promotion PXC, resulting in a call up to the UFC for a fight with Alex Caceres, a fight that we are only days away from seeing. This call-up comes as a blessing to him for his all his hard work over the years as there were definitely many other fighters hoping for this call-up.
“A lot of fighters were waiting for that opportunity [to sign for the UFC] but I am the one they picked. I feel very happy and blessed”
His opponent Caceres was once one the hot prospects to look out for, however, as of late he has struggled to find his form leaving him on a two-fight skid. From speaking to Rolando, despite Alex’s advantage in terms of experience, Rolando sees what obstacle lies ahead of him and is confident the clash of styles will result in a treat for the fans to watch.
“Yeah, Caceres is a tall, well-rounded guy and has a pretty unpredictable fighting style. I believe our fight will be the fight of the night because his style is exciting and so is mine. However, I think my advantage in this fight is that I am hungrier than him.”
Prior to an official announcement confirming the bout, Dy took to social media in order to break the news to his fans upon the news of his signing, however, blamed the delay in the official announcement on paperwork prior to specifying how many fights are on his contract. “Maybe because they were still waiting for me to finish all the medical and paperwork requirements. It’s a four fight contract”
With four fights on contract, this will give him enough time to put together some wins and create his own success in the promotion. Having come from a family where his father, former WBC Junior Lightweight Champion Rolando Naravette, was successful as a boxer you would expect this to add pressure on him to replicate this type of success. That is not the case as Rolando Gabriel Dy has plans to make his path in MMA and create a name for himself while achieving his own success.
“I am not trying to copy my father’s success. I am trying to create my own name in MMA. I am not the next Rolando Navarrete, I am the next Rolando Gabriel Dy.”
With aspirations of making a name for himself in the sport on the cards by signing for the promotion, it has also brought about a massive change in his life as it opens up new opportunities in many different ways on can only believe.
“Yes. This fight is the turning point of my life. It is my time to show to the MMA world that I belong to the biggest stage of the sport.” “The support given to me for this fight by my team and family has amazing.” He went on to add his thoughts on how the fight will go down. “I will give the fans an entertaining fight and pull off an upset on only two weeks’ notice.”
Having fought at various other weight classes in the past Rolando is set on staying at 145 and climbing his way up the rankings fight by fight. “I will be staying in 145 and my goal is to be one of the best fighters in the UFC.” He also expressed a keen interest in fighting on a UFC card in Manila if the promotion decides to finally make the long-awaited trip over especially since the last event they tried to schedule there was cancelled. “Yes, I expect the UFC will come back to Manila. We have 3 homegrown Pinoy fighters in UFC now, Filipino fans would be happy to see us fight in our hometown.” “I am more than interested sir.”
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.
Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.
Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.
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Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.
Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.
There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.
But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.
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