Doliguez looks to get back into the title picture
After a year of sitting on the sidelines, former title contender Roy Doliguez will make his much-awaited return to the ONE Championship cage on 10 February, as he is set to square off with grappling ace Alex Silva for the undercard of ONE Championship: Throne of Tigers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Doliguez, who holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 6-3, is considered one of the top strawweight competitors in the country.
The 34-year-old native of Malungon, Sarangani, is also a former professional boxer with a record of 18 wins with 9 knockouts, 19 losses, and 9 draws. He captured the WBO Asia Pacific light flyweight title in September 2002.
The “Pilipino Bad Boy”, who has been out of action since January 2016, did not mince words about his excitement for his comeback bout.
“I am back, and I am so happy. I might have been away from action for over a year, but the desire to compete has been always there.
“I am so excited. I want to put on a great fight for the fans in Malaysia. And of course, bring pride and honor to the Philippines,” he said.
Although he has been away from the international MMA spotlight for 14 months, Doliguez revealed that he has kept himself active during his absence from active competition.
“I was still training. It did not stop. Even if there wasn’t a fight, I still trained like there is an upcoming fight. It’s my lifestyle. I’m in great shape for this fight,” he stated.
Doliguez stressed that his long layoff had a beneficial factor in his growth as a professional MMA fighter.
According to Doliguez, it gave him the chance to go back to the drawing board and assess his overall game.
“There are some facets of my MMA game that needs fine-tuning. With my year-long layoff, I was able to do that,” he added.
“The sport of MMA is always evolving. As a fighter, you always have to adapt to the changes.”
Doliguez, who relocated to Shenzhen, China, last year to work as a trainer, asserted that his venture into foreign soil opened a lot of doors of opportunity for him.
“My move to China had benefited my growth in mixed martial arts. I was able to learn new things that I can incorporate with what I learned back home. It was a good decision on my part because I look at myself as a more complete fighter right now,” he explained.
With the year-long preparation that he went through overseas, Doliguez is determined to walk away with his arm raised.
“I’m so excited to be back inside the ONE Championship cage. I truly cherish this moment and opportunity,” he furthered.
“I can’t wait to show the new Roy Doliguez. I will give my best to get the victory in February.”