Dave Bangguigui is an example of mixed martial arts diversity in Baguio City
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 26, 2019 09:49 AM
“Such a huge help for fighters to get to train with other stables. I think it will be awesome to see local teams helping out other local teams.” - Dave Bangguigui
Dave "Kintas" Bangguigui is eager to prove that there’s more to mixed martial arts in Baguio other than Team Lakay.
Philippine mixed martial arts has long been associated with Baguio City's Team Lakay, and rightfully so with what they achieved in ONE Championship.
While Bangguigui himself is from the mountains of Baguio, he has opted to stick with Fight Corps MMA, where he started his training when he was 16 years old.
Now he vows to show the diversity of mixed martial artists in Baguio through Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series.
“I have been with Fight Corps MMA since I was a kid and there my skills were honed, so I never really thought of moving to a different team,” Bangguigui shared.
“We’re not really that focused, we haven’t made a name for ourselves like what Team Lakay did or other stables in the country, but I believe that our level of training and knowledge can hang with the best of them.”
Bangguigui backed up his talk with an impressive showing early in his career, evident in his second-round knockout victory over Susovan "Lil Tiger" Ghosh at OWS 6 last month in Singapore.
The 23-year-old Filipino strawweight martial artist from Baguio City showed that he has a promising career ahead of him as he demonstrated his well-roundedness by mixing up his strikes and takedown defense en route to a knockout finish.
“I’m happy I was able to execute our game plan. It was to keep it standing and try to avoid getting taken down,” Bangguigui explained.
“I think they were impressed with my performance.”
Just like any other martial artist, the young martial artist dreams of becoming a World Champion someday. He understands that he needs to take it one step at a time, and his sole focus at the moment is getting a slot in ONE Championship’s main roster.
“I’m really preparing for it. I want to go 4-0 in ONE Warrior Series and hopefully get a slot in the main roster,” he revealed.
“It’s a dream of mine to reach this promotion.”
In order to do that, Bangguigui knows that he has to tweak a few things in his training - that is why he is not shutting any doors on cross-training with other stables - including that of Team Lakay in Baguio.
“We’re open to training with other teams. Other stables come here to try and train with us,” Bangguigui said.
“Such a huge help for fighters to get to train with other stables. I think it will be awesome to see local teams helping out other local teams.”