Manila, Philippines (August 20, 2012) – As asia embraces the fastest rising spectator sport, MMA, Wushu specialist Ruel Catalan and grappler Rolando Gabriel Dy of Team Full Contact International (FCI) Philippines are ready to make their debut along with returning Muaythai fighter Leonard Delarmino at the Legend Fighting Championship 10 on August 24, 2012 at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong.
Catalan will be facing Chinese Sanda champion Ji Xian in 135 lbs. match while Delarmino and Dy will compete in the 145 lbs. against deadly striker Choi Yeong Gwang from South Korea and BJJ specialist Ev Ting of New Zealand, respectively.
Fighting is in our blood and I personally believe we as a race are gifted with speed, dexterity, strategy, strength and destructive grace that can level an opponent. Let’s hope we get to bag the competition.
The younger brother of 4X World Wushu Champion Rene Catalan, Ruelhas won various national Muaythai and Wushu tournaments highlighted by the 2008 World Wushu (Sanshou) Championship where he won the Bronze Medal. With his older brother as his striking coach, he’s been offered to sign up with two established MMA promotions but held out for Legend. “I believe in destiny. I believe I was born to become a Legend champion someday.”
On the other hand, The son of former WBC Junior Lightweight champion Rolando “The Bad Boy of Dadiangas” Navarette, Gabriel lived a troubled life as a youth and was going the path of his infamous father after he retired from boxing with underground fights and bar brawls as his way of self-expression. “Then I found Jesus and Martial-Arts.” Not wanting to be associated with his infamous dad, he chose to carry the name of his mother who left his dad and is now based in Spain. With his trademark heavy hands, he trains tirelessly in the gym to improve his ground game.
Leonard was a standout track and field and Tae Kwon Do athlete for his high school before discovering Boxing, ultimately winning the National Amateur Boxing Championship in 2008. He then transitioned to Wushu and Muay Thai before discovering the ultimate form of competitive combat sports: MMA. Although his first two fights in Legend against two very tough Chinese opponents ended up in losses, he gained the support of Legend fans with his never-say-die attitude and ferocious attacking style. His brother Agustin Delarmino, Jr. registered the second fastest KO in Legend history during (42 sec. vs. Taipeh’s Sung Ming Yen) and won KO of the Night bonus for his third round stoppage of Kaiwhare Kara-France of New Zealand in Legend 8. Agustin is set to fight again in Legend 11 on October 6.
In spite of his Sanda background and outstanding stand-up skills, Ji Xian has developed a reputation as one of China’s best grapplers. Making the transition from pure Sanda to MMA in 2009, he soon found a home in elite Chinese MMA promotion Art of War, going undefeated in his first year with them. Since then, he has cut an impressive path through some of the most dangerous Featherweight and Bantamweight MMA fighters in China, winning most of his fights by submission, and even taking a gold medal at the 2011 ADCC Asia Trials.
Choibegan training in MMA when he was still a teenager. He saw his first MMA bout on TV and said that he simply “felt something in his heart” which drove him to sign up at a nearby gym immediately. After dominating his opponents at various inter-club tournaments, he was recruited into Spirit MC’s amateur league, where he compiled a perfect 5-0 record. His second fight against Korean juggernaut Nam Yui Chul is still
considered one of the greatest fights in Korean MMA and was critical in putting the MMA on the map for Korean sports fans.
Ev Ting is a perfect representative of Legend’s unique brand of Asia-Pacific MMA. Originally born in Malaysia, Ting is of Malaysian Chinese ancestry and speaks Mandarin as his first language. When he was seven-years old, his family relocated to New Zealand, where he has been living ever since. And it was on the opposite side of the Asia-Pacific that Ting discovered MMA. Although he had always been interested in combat sports, it was an MMA highlight reel on the internet that first sparked his interest in training, and he quickly found a home at Auckland MMA in 2009. Ting turned pro in 2011 and now seeks to proudly represent his Malay roots, his New Zealand home, and his family, team, and himself in the Legend Ring (legendfc.com.)
The Legend FC, the premium MMA fight promotions company based in HK, founded by Michael Haskamp and Chris Pollak, is an MMA contest sanctioned by the South China MMA Association and is conducted under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial arts. As in previous editions, the fight card in August 24 will consist of 10 bouts featuring 20 Asia-Pacific MMA athletes. What is unique about Legend is that only native fighters from Asia Pacific are allowed to compete.
FCI supports Legend because it treats our fighters well. Legend also provides a great platform for Filipino MMA fighters to be discovered as its fight is watched by over half a billion people in China and over 300 million viewers around the world. The first five matches are streamed live in YouTube while the next five fights are available in PPV.
Full Contact International
“We are committed in providing the best holistic training possible for the best Filipino warriors not only to make them the best fighters and entertainers but also as great human beings. They are the new breed of sports heroes who can be positive role models for the youth.” said Ed Dames, Managing Director of Full Contact International.
The FCI Team is supported by DTC Promos, Insider Gym, FTX, Taichi, Submission Sports Philippines, Intercare, Empire Gym, Fitness Gym in Palanan, Makati and Team USA will depart Manila on Tuesday, August 21 and will return on Saturday, August 25. With your support and prayers, we hope to bring back something for our people to smile about.
For additional details about FCI and its services, contact: Ed Dames, Managing Director Mobile No: 0920-9543599 e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org