Filipino MMA fighter Rolando Dy captures gold in UAE, dedicates win to dying grandfather

ABS-CBN Sports on May 06, 2019 01:25 PM
Filipino MMA fighter Rolando Dy captures gold in UAE

Filipino mixed martial artist Rolando Gabriel "Gab" Dy got his first taste of championship gold over the weekend, capturing the UAE Warriors Featherweight Title with a Unanimous Decision victory over Yerzhan Yestanov of Kazakhstan at UAE Warriors 6, Friday at the Mudabala Arena in Abu Dhabi. 

Dy, a UFC veteran, used his superior striking to outpoint Yestanov for most of the five round affair. 

At the end of five rounds, the Pinoy walked away with a 49-47, 49-47, 48-46 win. 

The son of former boxing world champion Rolando Navarrete, Dy improves to 12-7 in his professional career and and makes it 3-0 in 2019. 

Aside from capturing his first championship in mixed martial arts, the win was special for Dy, as it was a promised kept to his dying grandfather. 

“Before I left home I told my 'Lolo' that I’m going to return with the title belt and to wait for me," Dy said, via UAE-based website The National.  "I wish he would. I want to be by his side before he breathes his last.”

The 27-year old Dy made a name for himself with the Guam-based promotion Pacific Xtreme Combat, before getting a shot in the UFC, where he went 1-3 before parting ways with the company in 2018. 

Since then, Dy has won three consecutive bouts in promotions such as UAE Warriors and Brave Combat Federation. 

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