Second-generation Filipino fighter Gab Dy looking to make his own legacy
Santino Honasan on Mar 14, 2019 02:27 PM
"I want to create my own name. I thank God na nakakatulong yung pangalan ng tatay ko, pero my goal is to create own name,"- Rolando Gabriel Dy
Filipino mixed martial artist Rolando Gabriel "Dy Incredible" Dy takes pride in the fact that he is a second-generation Filipino warrior.
The son of former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion and Filipno boxing legend Rolando Navarrete, Dy, much like his father, has found a calling in prizefighting.
But while being the son of a Pinoy boxing icon is definitely something to be proud of, Dy admits that he would like to make a name for himself, away from the shadow of his father's legacy.
"I want to give legacy sa father ko, and at the end of the day, kahit na hindi siya ang nagpalaki sa akin, he’s still my father, and I consider it a sin na kainisan ko siya or kagalitan ko siya," Dy told ABS-CBN Sports. "To be known as the son of Rolando Navarrete is my honor, but at the same time, gusto ko din gumawa ng sarili kong pangalan, I don’t want to be just the son of Rolando Navarrete, and dun na nagtatapos yun."
"I want to create my own name. I thank God na nakakatulong yung pangalan ng tatay ko, pero my goal is to create own name," the 27-year old added.
A 17-fight veteran, Dy made a bit of a name for himself early in his career with an impressive run in the Guam-based Pacific Xtreme Combat promotion.
That steady 7-3 run in PXC raised Dy's stock enough to earn a shot at the UFC, where he went 1-3, and was one of three homegrown Filipino talents to record a win inside the Octagon, alongside Mark Eddiva and Jenel Lausa.
After finishing up his four-fight contract however, Dy was not renewed and has since returned to the regional circuits. In January, Dy competed in his first fight outside the UFC, winning via TKO in Abu Dhabi.
Now, Dy returns to the Bahrain-based Brave Combat Federation promotion, and will be making his competitive return to Philippine soil on the promotion's first-ever fight card in the Philippines on March 15th at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"I’m excited kasi three years na ata akong hindi nakaka-laban sa Pilipinas, lahat sa ibang bansa. Coming back here and knowing na mapapanood ako on national TV ulit, knowing na almost lahat ng audience ko Pilipino, syempre excited ako," he said.
With a big Filipino crowd expected to tune in, Dy admits that he feels the pressure of once again competing on home soil, in front of a Filipino crowd.
"I’m really afraid to lose ngayon, yung pressure nasa shoulders ko kasi knowing na nasa Pilipinas ako. Outside of the country iba din yung pressure, sa Pilipinas naman, iba din yung pressure."
Dy's Brave CF return somewhat signifies the start of his comeback trail to the big stage. The Parañaque-native admits that his goal is to make his way back to the Octagon, and he admits that his first run with the company did not go as good as he would have hoped.
"My goal is to go back to the UFC. Aaminin ko, medyo lumaki yung ulo ko nung nasa UFC ako, I don’t think nabigay ko yung best ko, lumaki yung ulo ko. I don’t drink, but in the UFC, when I have a fight, I drink. Marami pang sidelines, lalake ka, chicks, and everything, and ngayon, I reset yung mind ko, yung spirituality ko, hindi na ako umiinom, hindi na ako lumalabas, I don’t party anymore, kung ano yung ginagawa ko noon sa PXC, how I became a star in PXC, yun yung ginagawa ko ulit."
In the meantime, Dy plans on making the most of his time with Brave, and that means getting wins and getting them in exciting fashion.
"My goal is to win all my fights. My goal is to go for the finish and be an exciting fighter, not just to win, and yun lang. Kinakailangan, lahat ng ibigay sa akin, i-panalo ko."
"Ngayon, kinakailangan ko i-prove to them na I deserve another contract, a renewal of my contract, and I want to right my run in the UFC," he continued.