Malaybalay City hosts 2nd Mix Martial Arts competition

20 September mmaMALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/20 September) The Malaybalay City Sports Commission in partnership with Bo’s Mix Martial Arts academy is sponsoring the National Extreme Fighting Challenge II on September 21, 7pm Saturday at Barangay 4, Freedom Park here.

Extreme Fighting Challenge XFC4 Blazing Glory is a mix martial arts showdown that will showcase 20 fighters coming from Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Butuan, Davao and Bukidnon.

MMA is primarily a male dominated sport, but they will also have female athletes that will compete and showcase their strength on Saturday.

According to Al Adrian Antipasado, the coordinator of XFC 4 and one of the pioneers of the sport in Bukidnon that this event will encourage local fighters to be exposed in the sport dubbed as “fastest growing sport in the world.”

“This is a great sport for everybody. This sport will teach you discipline, respect and sportsmanship,” Antipasado said.

Mix Martial Arts started two years ago in Bukidnon.

Lozada Alfer introduced the sport from Kamphuis Martial Arts, a Manila based martial arts gym.

Mix Martial Arts is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports. (Iyren A. Dalipe/Bukidnon News)