MMA: Roy Doliguez hopes to get elusive ONE Championship win


Roy Doliguez wants to end his personal slump. Handout photo

Roy “The Dominator” Doliguez hopes to get a breakthrough win when he steps inside the cage in ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia on Saturday night.

The former strawweight title contender was once considered one of the brightest prospects in his division, but he hasn’t lived up to the hype.

When Doliguez made his ONE Championship debut against Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke for the inaugural ONE strawweight title in 2015, he yielded to the Thai via 5th-round technical decision.

He then squared off with Riku Shibuya in 2016, but dropped a 3-round unanimous decision to the Japanese fighter.

In February, he was up against Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil, who tapped him out in 3 rounds.

He hopes to end his string of defeats against another Brazilian, Yago Bryan, on Saturday.

“Getting into ONE Championship was a dream come true. So many good and talented martial artists are part of this organization’s roster. Like any other competitor’s dream, I also wanted to be in a good and big promotion to showcase my talent,” Doliguez said.

“It is very much important to me to win in this coming bout against Yago Bryan. I want to show to those who believe in me that I can make it not just for myself, but for all.”

Against Bryan, the former boxer is looking to showcase his striking skills, which he honed at the famed Wildcard Gym owned by Manny Pacquiao in Sarangani. 

He also worked on his takedown defense and Brazilian jiu-jitsu with his crew from Elorde MMA in Manila.

“I am aiming for a knockout,” he said. “Yago Bryan is a human like me and everyone is beatable. I always put that in my mind.”

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