Galera spirits high despite loss in UFC debut

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Filipino mixed martial artist Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera promised to come back stronger after his loss in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Singapore.

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Galera lost via unanimous decision to Singaporean Royston Wee Saturday night in UFC Fight Night 34 at the Marina Bay Sands.

“Great learning experience and I’ll be back stronger,” said the 35-year-old Baguio Native, who is unbeaten in five fights in the local MMA scene before his debut in the UFC. “Thank you for all the cheers of my fellow Filipinos. It’s not good to lose but I will take it as learning experience.”

Galera, who signed a six-fight contract with UFC, couldn’t hold on after engaging in a ground fight with Wee throughout the three rounds. He tried to take down Wee but failed in his most attempts after the Singaporean had a perfect counter due to his vast grappling experience.

All judges scored 30-26 in Wee’s favor.

Galera is the first homegrown to be signed by the UFC although full Filipino blood Mark “The Wrecking Machine” Munoz and Filipino-American Brandon “The Truth” Vera have already given glory to the country in most fights.

“Like what I expected, it’s too early for him (Galera) to compete in the UFC,” said Universal Reality Combat Championship founder Alvin Aguilar. “The level in UFC is very high but I’m expecting him to learn more and improve.”

JOSEF T. RAMOS

 

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