February 2, 2023

Team Lakay fighters currently with the Bahrain-based Brave Combat Federation might soon find themselves being made to sign for the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion.
This, as two Brave CF fighters made their debut at the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon when the promotion held four events in Abu Dhabi dubbed “UFC Fight Island.”
UFC has signed former Brave CF standouts Khamzat Chimaev and Amir Albazi, who scored impressive wins in their debut with UFC when it returned to Abu Dhabi.
UFC also signed Ali Al Qaisi, who comes off his most recent controversial win over Team Lakay’s Jeremy Pacatiw.
As this developed, sports analysts are not dismissing the possibility of Pacatiw and Brave’s longest world champion, Stephen Loman, getting offers to fight inside the octagon.
Three former Team Lakay warriors – Dave Galera, Mark Eddiva, and Roldan Sangcha-an – saw action inside the octagon, with Eddiva and Sangcha-an among the recipients of the UFC’s $50,000 fight bonus.
But anyone from the roster of more than 20 active fighters of Team Lakay can land in the octagon, as Asian-based MMA promotions are making their presence felt in the international stage with millions of followers.
Team Lakay chairman Mark Sangiao has been sought for his comment on the possibility that one or two fighters under his watch would see action in the octagon in the nearest future.
Sangiao said for now what is more important is to see his fighters concentrate on their training while combat sports is being allowed by several countries under the new normal.
The Philippine Games and Amusements Board and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases have recently allowed the resumption of training for professional sports athletes. – Harley F. Palangchao