Coming off an impressive victory in his ONE Warrior Series debut, Filipino stalwart Dave “Kintas” Bangguigui
believes that his remarkable win over Susovan “Lil Tiger” Ghosh
is the perfect way for an introduction.
In a strawweight contest at Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series 6
in Singapore, Bangguigui dominated his Indian foe from the get-go en route to a second-round knockout win for the 23-year-old Baguio City native.
The win improves Bangguigui’s win-loss slate to 7-1. But more importantly, it gave the Fight Corps MMA standout the perfect start heading into what appears to be a challenging path to the ONE main roster.
“I am so happy because I’m now getting the chance to showcase my talents in the ONE Warrior Series - not only that, I won in my first assignment,” he said.
He chalks that win up to his preparations.
“I followed the instructions to heart, and I gave it my all,” he added. “I know that there will be more challenges for me and I will do everything to make sure that I’ll be the best that I can be.”
Despite his superb display against Ghosh, Bangguigui admits that there are still tons of things to work on in his game, especially if he wants to crack the main roster anytime soon.
For one, working on being a “more complete” warrior is on the top of his list as he understands the importance of versatility in this sport.
“I know I had a good start, but that doesn’t mean I’d stop in trying to improve. I need to work on my overall fighting style and improve on my strengths,” Bangguigi said.
Part of that desire to improve comes from his hometown fans.
“Seeing all the Filipino mixed martial arts fans also gives me added boost. I want to be better for them cause I know with every victory, I give pride to my country.”
Knowing that with each battle comes the chance for that ONE Championship contract, Bangguigui guarantees that he will go all-out and will be ready for the next ONE Warrior Series.
“Like any other mixed martial arts athlete, I wish to become a World Champion one day,” Bangguigui said.
“They can expect me to be at my best every time because I have a dream, and I will work on it every single day.”