By: Dave Achondo
THE lone contender from Cagayan de Oro is set to clash with other Mix Martial Arts (MMA) fighters from Iligan in a MMA competition in Iligan city this coming Saturday.
This after Mak-Mak “The Kagay-anon bad boy” Macapundag, 25 years of age from Buena Oro, Macasandig, this city confirmed in an interview with Gold Star Daily back in Nov. 28 that he will be the only Kagay-anon to face of against contenders from Iligan city.
Macapundag said he he will be competing in a MMA competition organized by Hugo Durosano from Manila on Dec. 10 at the Big Fish Bar & Grill in Barangay Pala-O, Iligan City.
Macapundag, a fighter who specialized in grappling began his training at a young age of 18 and since then has added new disciplines under his belt in order to further improve his fighting style.
“Nag train ko ug grappling adtong 18 years old pako kung-baga mao ako specialty, tapos over the years ni transition ko into other martial arts like Muay Thai, kickboxing and boxing,” he said.
Adding that learning new discipline will improve his fighting chance in any competition to out skill his opponent. “Importante gyud sa MMA na ma well rounded ka na fighter, dili pwede nga sa grappling kalang maayo, kay pag mahibal-an sa kontra nga dka maayo mo grappling or wala ka na train ug ani nga disiplina ilaha gyud na gamiton against you,” Macapundag said.
He is determine to prove himself in the ring this coming Dec 10 urging MMA enthusiast and his fellow kagay-anons to support local fighters like him not just in the MMA scene, but also in other sports.
“Unta masupportahan nila ang mga local MMA fighters, labi na ako, aron ma inganyo sad ang mga lokal na fighters na ipadayon ilang career ug passion sa sports,” he said.
To note, Macabundag is also a trainer himself, for this fight he was trained by Victor “The gladiator” Torre (head coach), Apolinario “The Lion king” Ilogon III Muay Thai coach, and John Rey Del Puerto boxing coach.