SWITCH MMA roars in ESFC launch



By: Frank Leo O. Aniscal - Published November 14, 2018

It has been an action-packed Saturday night at Switch MMA X Fitness Playground in Marikina City as it launched the first ever East Side Fighting Challenge (ESFC) last November 10, 2018.

Switch MMA became the most dominant team in the event as all of their five fighters won their respective matches, highlighted by the hard-fought victory of Lorenzo Sison against Francis Macasojot via unanimous decision in the main event, and Rony Omana’s technical knockout win over Joselito Beltran in the co-main event card.

According to Jaclyn Bialoglovski, Head of Committee and owner of Switch MMA X Fitness Playground, the ESFC aimed to enhance the skills and talent of the fighters and also to discover the most promising individuals who got what it takes to compete on a higher level.

“Wala, sobrang saya. Hindi ko ini-expect na magiging successful siya (ESFC) kasi first event tapos ang dami na ring fight promotions. And here we are, we are starting our own fight promotion. We did not expect it will be this successful,” Bialoglovski expressed.

In the main event, Sison got the votes of three judges upon landing heavy strikes consistently in three rounds, and also scored takedowns against Macasojot. He also displayed great defense every time his opponent attempted for a submission.

“Masaya dahil kahit papaano nagging worth it ‘yung training ko,” said Sison. “Sobrang hirap dahil amateur pa lang ako at baguhan ako. Pero tinandaan ko lang ang training ko paulit-ulit everyday sa Switch MMA. Nag-shadow boxing, training everyday. Kailangan determinado ka. Hindi kailangang papetiks sa training. Kailangan buong buhay mo talaga ide-dedicate mo dito.”

Omana did not disappoint his colleagues as he finished Beltran off in the second round after unleashing flurry of punches on his foe’s face while on a ground and pound position that made referee Florence Eusebio stop the fight.

“Sobrang saya. Sobra. Medyo kinabahan lang ako sa una, pero game plan ko talaga is ground. Kinabahan ako kaya natagalan ‘yung takedown. Kaya nung dominating na, sabi ko sa sarili ko tapusin na kaagad,” Omana recalled his performance.

In other fight results: Joma Mendoza submitted Eddiewin Pineda, Felmar Cahumna outclassed Lorwen Wasawas in a boxing match, Relison Potentado knocked out Jeffrey Francisco, Mel Rayanon Jr. ended Jhonmar Sopranes in second round, Kevin Beronio – Alexis Almare fight finished with a draw, Tonyboy Celetaria dispatched Israel Vinas via ground and pound knockout, Alexander Castro made Marvin Solangon tap out using a rear-naked choke, Remo Augustine took a unanimous decision win over Ferdinand Aquino, Jerome Ramirez overpowered Gerwin Dangel to score a knock out in the heavyweight match, Jeremiah Buentiempo dominated Saher Ali Tarrish in three rounds, while Clarisse Ocfemia showed her strength to end Tin Siampao in the second round of the only female bout.

ESFC also gave thanks to their sponsors namely, Emperador Light, Tiger Beer, Sensitivity, Patio Vera, Silverscape Travel and Tours, FNYX Project, Gold’s Gym, Roar, Payantog Sports, Tom Fuellas, UGB MMA, Kush, Kings of the Court / STR8 Philippines, and Switch MMA.

When asked about their future plan, Bialoglovski assured “ESFC 2 will happen probably first quarter of next year (2019).”