Fighters would go anywhere, do anything and do everything just to have an opportunity to showcase their skills and to test themselves if they have what it takes to compete inside the ring. Last November 28, 2010 a team of 3 fighters from Davao competed at the second MMA event in Butuan. After 2 months of strengthening, conditioning and mma training, finally the long much awaited event come to unfold .
The first fighter to come up the ring was Joachim "Kim" Milana competing at 120-129lbs weight class against a fighter from Cebu. This was Kim's debut mma fight.
The first round started immediately with a powerful inside leg kick by the fighter from Davao
which accidentally missed its main target and hit the groin of his opponent. The next few minutes was a barrage of leg kicks by "Kim." This was responded by the fighter from Cebu with kicks of his own. Sudden turn events came when Kim threw a low leg kick which partially hit the knee joint of his opponent. Kim slipped thereafter, and provided a window of opportunity for his opponent to take advantage of the situation by taking Kim down and started pounding Kim. For the first few seconds Kim was almost able to submit his opponent with several submission attempts from the guard. Did a triangle, an ankle lock and the de Souza defense. Apparently the fight ended with a referee stoppage after several seconds of ground and pound.
The second fighter from Davao was pitted with also a fighter from Cebu who had an unblemished 5 or 6 URCC fights. His opponent seemed bigger than him but it was all decided inside the ring.
Initially it was a slug fest for both fighters. Lumacad a former Pro boxer who evolved to a mixed martial artist clipped his opponent with a heavy overhand. However, his competitor was not a pushover as he absorb the blow and recomposed himself and went for a take down.
As the fight progressed it went to the ground as both were entangled to each other trying to whoever gains control. Lumacad got his adversary with a guillotine choke however, his opponenet was able to escape and did his own attempt. For the second time the fight was reset and went to a stand-up slug fest. Lumacad got the upper hand as he gave a barrage of punches to his opponent never allowing his opponent to the ground.
Nonetheless, the fighter from Cebu went for a take down which allowed Lumacad to use again his signature move, the guillotine Choke. This time Lumacad never let go and went for a text book step by step execution of the submission stratagem which prompted his tough adversary to tap out or pass out. Lumacad got the win on the first round of the fight.
The third fighter was Sid Cayon fighting for the 130-139lbs weight division. The fight went with
a sudden rage of Cayon rushing to the center. This move apparently was the beginning of the end for this courageous fighter from Davao as he was clipped with a right straight by his opponent from Cagayan de Oro. Cayon dropped to the floor still dizzy trying to establish his ground, his adversary took advantage by immediately going for the Rear Naked Choke. Cayon still though at a very difficult and tight situation still retaliated with a flurry of punches focusing at his opponents head.
However, these punches were not enough as the fighter from CDO held on at his back and slowly tightening his unbreakable grip. The warrior from Davao never tapped out and still continued to struggle looking for ways to escape the anaconda like clutches of his opponent. The fight ended as Cayon lost consciousness due to RNC and the fighter from CDO's hands were raised as the winner of that match. The atmosphere of the event suddenly changed a everyone turned silent and was concerned about the fighters status. Even the so-called physician of the event panicked and ranted. The paramedics did not even know what to do, as for us practitioners we went in to our unconscious fighter turned him supine ( as he was left there on a prone position), Lumacad held Cayon's head and took the mouth guard to help his breathing. In a few minutes he was up and and ready to fight for another day.
It was a great experience for the fighters to learn from this event. For them to determine their skills level and learn where they can grow more, mature more and know which area they should work on.
Congratulations to the Organizers, team Butuan a successful event indeed. The Event ended up with a Big bang as the band played great songs and the fighters, coaches, fans, organizers mingled, socialized and celebrated!!! Till the next event!