All those countless hours of hard work inside the Fight Corps MMA gym in Baguio City are now starting to payoff for Dave “Kintas” Bangguigui
The 23-year-old strawweight athlete continues to impress in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series
. The Filipino collected his seventh-straight professional win after scoring a second-round submission victory over Alber Correia Da Silva of Brazil at ONE Warrior Series 7
in Singapore on 6 August.
This was Bangguigui’s second win under ONE Championship’s
developmental league. In his debut on OWS 6 last June, the hard-hitting Filipino scored a second-round knockout win over Susovan “Lil Tiger” Ghosh of India.
For Bangguigui, his latest match showed the importance of being well-rounded as he complimented his dangerous striking with his improved ground game.
“I’m certainly happy, not just for the win but for the lessons I’ve picked up as well. I’ve seen my mistakes, and I know what to work on for my next matches,” Bangguigui said.
“The game plan that afternoon was to take him down, but I have to mix it up with strikes before the takedown. The moment the match hits the ground, it’s all about scoring significant points or getting the submission.”
Bangguigui admitted that he had too much respect for Da Silva heading into their match, to the point that he felt stagnant at times.
However, that patience ultimately paid off as he scored another stoppage victory in the tournament.
“I have a lot of respect for him because he’s Brazilian and we all know how good they are when it comes to jiu-jitsu. But I stuck with my game plan and waited for the right opportunity to finish the fight,” Bangguigui said.
“For me, it’s all about the right timing in finishing the match. Of course that comes with excellent preparation so I am well equipped when it comes to that situation.”
Now in the best stretch of his career, Bangguigui is brimming with confidence that he can even be better in his next matches. For “Kintas” everything will fall into place as long he performs well, and that includes joining the ONE Championship main roster, which is his main goal at the moment.
“Seeing positive results inspire you to push yourself to the limit. Now it’s all about being better and putting on better performances so I can get myself into ONE Championship,” Bangguigui stated.
“I know with hard work, everything will pay off. I’ll just continue to work hard and I won’t stop until I reach my dreams.”
Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD
, this Friday, 16 August.
The main card airs live on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT. To catch the prelims, tune in to ONE’s Facebook
es at 6:00pm PHT.