IT was a bitter pill to swallow for Filipino fighter Rabin “The Rock” Catalan when his maiden appearance on an international mixed martial arts (MMA) stage ten months ago did not go into his favor.
The 30-year-old native of Iloilo City lost his ONE Championship debut via second-round technical knockout at the hands of Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio in April 2016.
With the help of his brothers-in-arms at Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts (MUMMA), Catalan reignited his desire to compete in MMA.
Catalan squares off with Thai standout Pongsiri “Punhod” Mitsatit on the undercard of ONE: Warrior Kingdom, which takes place at the 12,000-capacity Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 March.
An undefeated prospect from Chiang Mai, Thailand, Mitsatit holds a stellar win-loss standing of 7-0, with five knockout triumphs and one submission victory.
Headquartered in Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, MUMMA houses the best and the brightest MMA talents in the Philippine’s southernmost major island of Mindanao, including Catalan and fellow ONE Championship athlete Rocky Batolbatol.
Catalan revealed that he draws his inspiration to continue his professional MMA career from his MUMMA teammates.
“They are always there for me. My teammates uplifted me when I was down and out. I’ve found a family in my comrades,” he said. “Now, I am inspired to go back inside the cage and put on a great performance.”
Catalan says he is in the best shape of his eight-year prizefighting career. The 5-foot-4 MUMMA representative stressed that he is eager to return to the winning track at the expense of Mitsatit.
“With the help of my teammates, I had a great training camp. They made sure that I am prepared in both stand-up and grappling aspects of the fight. I can really say that I am in awesome shape,” Catalan said.
“My team gives me so much confidence, heading into this bout. I am hungry to win this fight, and I want to get this win for them.”
Other than Catalan, three other Filipino combatants will don the Philippine colors at ONE: Warrior Kingdom, which is headlined by a five-round championship clash between ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee and top contender Jenny Huang.
Pacio is set to lock horns with former ONE Strawweight World Championship Dejdamrong Amnuaysirichoke in a three-round contest.
Meanwhile, Richard “Notorious” Corminal battles Thai featherweight prospect Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai. Also on the card is Ramon Gonzales, who takes on ex-boxing world titleholder Yodsanan “Little Tyson” Sityodtong.
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