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Carlos Alvarez, Dave Bangguigui booked for ONE Friday Fights 43


Carlos Alvarez and Dave Bangguigui are poised to hoist the Philippine flag aloft as they figure in separate bouts on the undercard of ONE Friday Fights 43 this December 1.

Alvarez takes on Mongolian-Russian debutant Nachyn Sat in a featherweight clash, while Bangguigui locks horns with Japanese newcomer Ryosuke Honda in a strawweight showdown.

Between the two Filipino mixed martial artists, Team Lakay’s Alvarez stands out as a prime candidate to secure a lucrative six-figure deal with ONE Championship.

His recent performances have been nothing short of spectacular, winning his last three outings under the ONE Friday Fights banner in impressive fashion.

“The Limitless” has left a trail of destruction, beginning with a second-round demolition of Reza Abasi this past April.

He then followed it up with back-to-back submission wins against the likes of Sadegh Ghasemi and Title Chai.

Another triumph could catapult Alvarez into consideration for a spot on the main roster, offering him the chance to compete at one of ONE Championship’s premium live events next year.

But standing in Alvarez’s way is Nachyn Sat, a formidable opponent with a 4-2 professional record and a 100-percent finishing rate.

Nachyn Sat’s strong grappling pedigree poses a litmus test for Alvarez, who has showcased his proficiency on the ground in his recent assignments.

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On the other hand, Bangguigui aims to conclude the year on a high note by returning to the winner’s column after a mixed run in 2023.

The Fight Corps MMA representative started the year with a statement win over Marcus Paulo Amaral by way of a unanimous decision last April.

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However, “Kintas” failed to ride on the momentum as he suffered a third-round technical knockout loss at the hands of Sanzhar Zakirov back in August.

Bangguigui faces no slouch of a foe in Honda, who brings a wealth of experience to the ring. The Japanese veteran boasts a standing of 11-3-1 and has competed in reputable promotions such as Shooto and Deep.

A victory over Honda will undoubtedly help Bangguigui redeem himself in the eyes of fans and pundits alike.

ONE Friday Fights 43 is set to take place at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Nissi Icasiano is a sportswriter, analyst and editor from the Philippines. He started his professional career in 2013. He has also written for various media outlets such as Rappler.com, ABS-CBN, Tiebreaker Times, Philboxing.com, MSN.com, South China Morning Post, The Phnom Penh Post and the International Business Times. In 2017, he started a career as a Combat Sports Analyst for television and radio, appearing on various news shows for ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM, PTV 4, Business World, Radyo Pilipinas 2 and Bombo Radyo Philippines. He practices boxing at Tiger City Boxing Gym whenever he is not writing.


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