Mixed martial arts as a sport has become so popular in the past two decades and with that growing demand for exciting fights and extra ordinary fighters to boost with, thus several organizations were born in the likes of UFC, One Championship, Bellator MMA, Cage Warriors, Xtreme Fighting Championships and URCC to name a few.
In this part of Asia, the Philippines, in particular, we have already produced a great number of passionate and hardworking MMA fighters who have gained notable division titles.
Just recently, Cage Gladiators held a press conference at Cheers Sports Bar to launch their initiative project aimed to boost the training of a select number of MMA fighters.
A brainchild of former fighter and soldier-turned-businessman Laurence Canavan, Cage Gladiators is a non-profit organization aiming to “empower and help Filipino fighters who have the heart and courage to put themselves on the line for pride and glory.”
“Filipinos are natural-born fighters, born with indomitable spirit and a courageous heart and willing to work hard to achieve their dreams,” Canavan said.
Nine Pinoy warriors campaigning in major MMA organizations have been initially taken under the wings by Cage Gladiators, which will complement the program with a fearsome website designed to be the central hub of MMA here.
They are UFC campaigners CJ “Golden Boy” de Tomas, Jenel “Demolition Man” Lausa, and Rolando “The Incredible” Dy, ONE Championships’ Eric “the Natural” Kelly and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly; URCC’s Drex Zamboanga and Rex de Lara; Boxing World’s Roman “the Hitman” Canto; and PXC’s Glen Ranillo.
I have personally seen some of them fight upclose and I must say they have all the potential and most importantly the skill and mental plus physical fitness to really make it big in the local and global MMA matches with proper training and utmost preparation with the guidance of course from the best MMA trainors and coaches.
Cage Gladiators, Canavan added, is also open to “help all the brave but impoverished Filipino fighters climb out of underprivileged and humble beginnings and make a better life for themselves through sponsored training and basic education of the business side of MMA in order for them to have a better chance of a brighter future after their career.”
“We’re training with our own teams (right now) but (in the future) we can train together and build a strong team here in the Philippines,” said Eric Kelly. “In the States, they cross-train; everybody there meets at the gym. I wish Cage Gladiators will make one gym here in Manila or in Baguio so we can train together.
Expect a more exciting new year for most of our local fighters who always give it their best shot everytime they climb up that cage.
More power to all our fierce Pinoy MMA fighters and Cage Gladiators!