May 22, 2024

Team Lakay’s newest mixed martial arts fighter Carlo Von Bumina-ang made an impressive introduction in ONE Championship when he demolished his Iranian opponent in 52 se-conds at the historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on Aug. 4.

The Ifugao native Bumina-ang has displayed excellent striking skills to fi-nish off Reza Saedi of Iran and forced refe-ree Herb Dean to stop the fight.

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT — Team Lakay’s Carlo Von Bumina-ang just needed 58 seconds to win via knockout against Reza Saedi of Iran in his debut in the ONE Championship Friday Fight Night series in Bangkok, Thailand on Aug. 4. — ONE photo

The 29-year-old Bumina-ang caught Saedi, 23, with a left straight then he followed it up with a barrage of straights, uppercuts, and knees enough to convince the referee that the match is done.

“This feels so good. It’s my first time here, and the people here are so nice. I’m so grateful I pulled it off and got the KO (knockout) win, I’m so happy,” an excited Bumina-ang told commentator Gianni Subba.

“It took me five years to get here and it truly feels great,” he added.

Bumina-ang, who has represented the Philippines in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, won a silver medal in vovinam.

It was a display of grit and determination for Bumina-ang during the SEA Games, as he underwent an appendectomy with one month recovery period before his training resumed for the regional biennial meet.

Bumina-ang has cherished his SEAG victory, as it was his first time to travel outside the country to compete against some of the best fighters in the region. – Harley F. Palangchao