• Balikatan 16 Test of Courage set in Marikina


    Eight Hybrid Yaw-Yan fighters will banner the Balikatan 16 dubbed as the Test of Courage on Friday at the Marikina Sports Center in Marikina City.

    The fight will start at 6 p.m. with Richard Francis Ayala of Hybrid Yaw-Yan facing Cyrille Malonjao of Boss MMA Las Piñas City.

    “This edition of Balikatan is as exciting as the previous edition of the tournament. Fight fans will get to see action-packed night on Friday,” said veteran fighter and organizer Sir Henry Kobayashi in a phone interview with The Manila Times.

    Ayala is coming off a victory over Froilan Tomas via second round technical knockout, referee-stoppage during the Balikatan 15: Goodwill Games in May.

    Balikatan 16 fight card will feature 18 exciting bouts including the warfare of Dave Servancia of US Sikaran and Ryan Canata of Yaw-Yan MAC, and Michael Dulnuan of Mendoza Fitness Gym against Jhong Hurtado of Yaw-Yan Kampilan in the Pro-Am MMA match-up.

    The 26-year old Fredelyn Sayod of Hybrid Yaw-Yaw will also try to defend her title over Suntukaran Todo Bakbakan’s Hannah Villanueva in the Women’s MMA card.

    Sayod debuted with a victory over Harpreet Kaur of India in their 120-125 lbs. match also in May.

    Besides the Sayod-Villanueva match, Irish Conrado of AJJ Gym takes on Johnna Daly of Fight Factory to fuel the night.

    In the MMA matches, Giovani Brasileno Jr of Herdoza Fitness Gym tackles Paolo Mabanglo of Brawlers Lab, Jordan Rosit of Free Style fight Francis Macasojot of Hybrid Yaw-Yan, and Ricardo Martinez of Boss MMA clashes with Melanio Rayanon Jr. of Hybrid Yaw-Yan.

    Gara MMA’s Stephen Alok faces Yaw-Yan Kampilan’s Ernesto Siwa in the Teen MMA card.

    For ticket reservation, contact 09182746083, 09266141006 or 09223574822.


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