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Strawweight champion Fritz Biagtan dominated his 'idol' at URCC XXX

By Santino Honasan on Aug 14, 2017 04:17 PM

"May kasabihan nga na yung idol mo, posibleng maging rival, so syempre, idol mo yan eh, so kailangan i-level mo din sarili mo sa kung anong meron siya."

There's a saying that goes "Work until your idols become your rivals." 

Saturday at URCC XXX, this rang true for Fritz Biagtan, who dominated Solomon Dultra en route to a third-round stoppage win due to strikes to defend his URCC strawweight championship. 

While Biagtan may be the champion, he considers his challenger as one of his biggest idols in the MMA scene. 

"Since I started MMA, nakikita ko siya, siya yung nauunang lumaban kesa sa akin," Biagtan told ABS-CBN Sports. "He’s one of the youngest MMA idols ko, sila ni CJ [De Tomas], siya, at marami pang iba,"

This was evident all throughout the fight, as Biagtan showed nothing but class against Dultra in the cage, even after putting a hurting on the challenger. 

Even after the match, as Biagtan made Dultra tap to strikes in the third round, the champion briefly celebrated his succesful defense before checking on his fallen opponent. 

And while there was indeed a high level of respect between the two combatants, Biagtan was out to prove that he was on his idol's level, even if he was the defending champion. 

"May kasabihan nga na yung idol mo, posibleng maging rival, so syempre, idol mo yan eh, so kailangan i-level mo din sarili mo sa kung anong meron siya."

"I trained hard, I tried to study his skills, especially his ground." Biagtan added. 

A masterful performance from the 22-year old Biagtan from start to finish, he explained that the difficulty in training was a major source of motivation. 

"This fight, hindi ko pinalagpas, kasi ang hirap ng training eh, yung hirap talaga, suffocation, you need to train hard twice, thrice a day. Iniisip ko kapag hinayaan ko lang yung fight, and hayaan ko lang ibigay yung belt ko, ko hindi pwede, so kailangan i-give ko yung best ko para manalo."

After Saturday's big win, Biagtan may have just surpassed his idol and positioned himself head and shoulders above the rest of the URCC's strawweight division. 

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