Blog Posts by Bob Guerrero

  • Tragedy and betrayal fuel Pinoy Rene Catalan in ONE FC MMA

    ReneCatalan. Image courtesy ONE FC.

    On Friday, all the sorrow, hurt, and anger will finally find its release for Rene Sornito Catalan.

    The 35-year old former Wushu world champion from Santa Barbara, Iloilo, makes his second Mixed Martial Arts appearance in ONE Fighting Championship: Total Domination, this Friday in Singapore. His opponent will be Khim Dima of Cambodia in the Flyweight division.

    Catalan is a Sanshou Wushu fighter but he has also crafted his own fighting philosophy, the Catalan Fighting System, which incorporates other disciplines.

    In his first ONE FC battle Catalan stumbled to Alex Silva via armbar submission last April in Singapore. But that loss will forever be shrouded in grief.

    Lumaban ako pagkatapos ng libing ng asawa ko, kaya medyo bangag ako at unprepared.” (I fought just after I buried my wife, that's why I was spaced-out and unprepared.)

    Edlyn Catalan succumbed to a four-year battle with hyperthyroidism, leaving behind children Rene Jr., Renelyn, and Renlyn. But that loss is only part of a

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