ONE Championship: Robin Catalan eager to get back on track after loss to Hayato Suzuki at ONE: Kingdom of Heroes
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While other competitors often hang their heads low after a loss, Filipino mixed martial artist Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan would rather look on the brighter side of things.
Stepping in for his older brother Rene who was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury, Catalan faced off against Japanese grappling stud Hayato Suzuki in a strawweight bout at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES last 6 October in Bangkok, Thailand.
Hoping to extend his winning streak to three-straight contests, the 30-year old Catalan came out aggressive early and looked to put the pressure on Suzuki in the early moments of their encounter.
Catalan wasn’t able to stop Suzuki’s relentless takedown attempts in the first round, but he managed to defend well from the bottom. The Japanese star’s grappling proved to be just too much for the Filipino in the second round however, as he succumbed to a rear-naked choke submission at the 3:42 mark.
It was an unfavorable result for the Catalan Fighting System Philippines product, but he says that he’s generally pleased with his performance, given that he only had less than a month to prepare for the bout.
“I’m happy with my what I was able to do, honestly. I was able to hold my own and put on a good performance even with just three weeks of preparation,” Catalan shared.
“Hayato Suzuki is a really good grappler, and in the second round, he was able to get a tight grip on me and then when he took my back, I just couldn’t stop him,” he added.
There is no use crying over spilled milk, as they say, and for Catalan, this loss is a learning experience and a chance to assess what needs to be worked on.
“Definitely, this only makes me want to work even harder and come back even better,” he expressed, “I’m going to train even more so that I can improve on my shortcomings and fix what needs to be fixed in my arsenal.”
Catalan understands fully that one of those aspects that need to be improved on his his ground game, which was exactly where Suzuki was able to take advantage.
“Of course, my grappling is an area that needs improvement, that’s what I’ll be working on when I get back to the gym,” he stated.
As for getting back in the cage, Catalan says that he is good to go any time.
“I’m always ready to get back in there and bounce back. I would most definitely want to compete as soon as possible so that I can get back on track,” he said.