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Fritz Biagtan, Carlo Bumina-ang lead PH redeem team at ONE Friday Fights 44


In the wake of the recent setbacks faced by Carlos Alvarez and Dave Bangguigui on the ONE Friday Fights stage, Philippine MMA is gearing up for a comeback with the formidable duo of Fritz Biagtan and Carlo Bumina-ang.

Both men are booked to suit up at ONE Friday Fights 44, which takes place at the world-renowned Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on December 8.

Biagtan squares off with Afghanistan’s Babar Ali in a flyweight encounter, while Bumina-ang faces Turkish-Russian debutant Ilyas Dursun in a bantamweight clash.

Biagtan (6-1) has been making waves with his impressive performances on the weekly spectacle.

Having secured two consecutive victories spectacularly, “Kid Tornado” is hungry for a third win that could solidify his spot on the main roster, complete with a coveted $100,000 contract.

His remarkable run began this past February, when he announced his arrival by stopping Nurmukhammad Adamkhonov with a third-round technical knockout.

Biagtan’s striking prowess continued to shine in his next bout, securing a blistering 73-second knockout of Deepak Bhardwaj last October. This victory also rewarded him with a $10,000 performance bonus.

Now, standing in his way is Ali, a fellow hard-hitting striker with a 100-percent finishing rate and a 6-2 record.

As Biagtan seeks to further establish himself, Ali aims to make a statement at the expense of the 28-year-old spitfire from Dasmariñas, Cavite.

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Like Biagtan, Bumina-ang (3-0) is another Filipino mixed martial arts prospect who has also enjoyed success in ONE Friday Fights.

Bumina-ang’s memorable debut in August featured a spectacular 52-second demolition of Reza Saedi.

However, “The Bull” faced a tougher challenge in his most recent outing, narrowly walking away with a split decision win over Denis Andreev two months later.

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Eager to redeem himself and rejuvenate his image as one of the blue-chip prospects in Philippine MMA, Bumina-ang crosses paths with Dursun.

With an undefeated 3-0 standing and two victories by stoppage, Dursun poses a significant threat to Bumina-ang’s aspirations.

As the year draws to a close, Biagtan and Bumina-ang stand as the final two homegrown talents from the Philippines scheduled to compete under the ONE Championship banner in 2023.

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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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