HOMEGROWN talent Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera will make his debut in the biggest mixed martial arts arena—the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)—when he tangles against hometown bet Royston Wee today in the UFC Fight Night 34 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Galera, unbeaten in five fights in local MMA outfit Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), is expecting a hostile crowd in his first UFC bantamweight bout. But the Filipino fighter expressed readiness to face the challenge.
“I have no any idea what the style of my opponent is but I trained hard for this fight,” said the 35-year-old Galera, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt under Charles Gracie. “I’m in perfect condition and I’m ready to fight.”
Besides Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Galera is also known as a good striker and grappler.
“It’s too early but our dream is to put Filipinos on the world stage, so I allowed him to fight in UFC but we’ll see and hope for the best. I want our fighters to have longetivity once they are in the world stage. I hope I’m proven wrong,” said URCC founder Alvin Aguilar.
Wee, for his part, also hopes to deliver a rousing performance against his Filipino counterpart. He holds a 2-0 win-loss log – both by submissions.
“My preparations have never been this good,” said the 27-year-old Wee to Justin Ong of Singapore Yahoo.com. “I’m in the best shape of my life—tip-top condition.”
Despite the pressure of fighting in the biggest MMA stage in the world, Galera remains confident he could pull out an upset in his first try.