062516 : The Urban Tracker (In Mandaluyong) Shattering the Myth That is MMA in Don Bosco

Mixed Martial Arts -The Underground Battle

nlike boxing, MMA is a contact defense-offense sport not everybody would probably embrace due to its extreme violence in nature. Slowly gaining popular ground, this once underground sport makes use of force and strokes highlighted by the pinning with arms to subdue an opponent.

Flashy motors flanked by attractive PR girls for a glaring entrance. 
Setting the tone, the band rocks the house pumping up the crowd.

In subjective terms, this sport may draw flak to many with  its violence more graphic and gross bloody but objectively,  this sport is a blend of technique, strength, stamina, endurance that give it more cliffhanging  effect and heartrending action.

Fighters in a roll call showing off their fight call

It is not a question of physique that matters here, but more of a game of outwitting and outshining an opponent by applying the strokes that could impair or freeze the other one. The process can be complicated once the rivals get entangled into each other. Once on that part, the game gets more methodical and struggles set in. This is where vulnerability to injury or shock due to pain can get in a way.

MMA fighters as they get ready for the bout.

In the deep urban fortress in Kalentong within the Don Bosco premises, a school gym was transformed into an arena as we were hurrying to get in the venue in time. Laser lights bursting as the gathering of crowd couldn’t hide their excitement. Then the motorcycles zoomed their way inside the venue as the rock band blasted the banging of tune putting the momentum of the night. Then the girls in tight skimpy suits sashayed in front. While the smashing moment seemed hard to contain, each of the contestants were introduced in between the belting out of rock performance by guest bands.

Referees takes the centerstage to signal for another round.

Spotlight switched focus on main caged arena where a host rumbled and introduced the founder Mr. Ferdie Munsayac. A burly guy who got the spunk and the vision to advance the sport in Pinoy mainstream. The ex-army singled out sportsmanship above all in the sports that has now an avid following but now a sport to reckon with with the opening of a gym that caters to those who want to engage in this sport. Brandon Vera is a famous MMA Pinoy player figure that these players could be following.

And actions ran high with the actual MMA fight.

With the roll call of the fighters earlier, it’s time for an actual sport action with announcement of rivals and weight categories. Each of the contestant came into arena with the coach. Then the battle began as each of the players try to grapple each other and once they engaged in ground pinning, that’s where this sport really took its hack. Coaches from the other side try to shout out their next move. In arena, the fighter is alone while his mentor could only uplift his spirit with the mere presence.

A mind is mightier than strength alone. That's the irony in MMA.
Fighters figure out how to methodically scuffle and overpower by force and tension.

Then when the coach declared the winner as who technically gained the points, then the fight would have its relief of interruption courtesy of the score girls providing the calming effect to the crowd. With one bout after another, mixed martial arts is more a comprehensive sport that could be exhausting exploring techniques and ways in overpowering an opponent. Strength is not an assertion of winning but just a tool, but a mind here that works and schemes is after all the one that triumphs. In short, the sport is not a question of physique  but the objective of the game is mostly achieved by those who are smarter.

The score girl in skimpy suit struts around wooing the crowd.

Witnessing the fight that night at all was a heart-pounding watch in face of the unfolding physical tug with a heightened crowd and sustained frenzy, As we drove back, the energy has to subside with the MMA encounter, now I understood why rock music, girls sports all mix together that can be packaged into one engaging affair.

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