Pinoy martial artist Rene Catalan ‘99.9 percent’ certain about winning SEA Games gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 26, 2019 03:23 PM
"99.9% [I’m winning the] gold medal. I promise I’ll do everything." - Rene Catalan (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Catalan, who holds a 6-3-1 professional mixed martial arts record, tasted his first defeat in five years following a second-round submission loss at the hands of Pacio at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Instead of mourning the loss, "The Challenger" was quick to move forward as he found himself back in the gym just two days later to prepare for the 2019 Southeast Asian games, where he will compete in sambo.
“After my match, I was back in the gym on Monday. I have to be ready because I’ll be carrying the Philippine flag,” Catalan said.
“I told myself there’s no more time to take a break because the games are nearing.”
The loss only added fuel to the fire for Catalan, as he feels the urgency of getting back to the winner’s circle – though this time in a completely different setting.
“I’m more motivated after my match against Joshua Pacio. I picked up things I can use in the SEA Games, but not only for that, for my future matches in ONE Championship as well,” Catalan said.
“The loss only made me hungrier, it made me aware of the things that can happen inside the ring.”
Catalan is a lifelong martial artist and a Wushu World Champion, and he has won multiple gold medals in both the Asian and Southeast Asian Games.
He plans to do it again, though at 40 years old he does not expect it to be easy.
“I know I will face some serious competition in the SEA Games, particularly from Singapore,” Catalan said.
“But I’ll be bringing experience with me. I also have to bounce back strong from that loss, more so because I am carrying the flag of the Philippines.”
Asked about the chances of him winning another gold medal, the Iloilo City native did not think twice about his answer.
"99.9% [I’m winning the] gold medal. I promise I’ll do everything."