De Tomas eager to fight alongside Dy at UFC Singapore

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We are just days away from UFC Fight Night Singapore, a card that will feature the promotional debuts of two Filipino fighters.

CJ “Golden Boy” De Tomas will take on Japan’s Naoki Inoue in his first fight outside of the Philippines. On the same card, Rolando Gab “Dy Incredible” Dy will also make his long-awaited UFC debut, taking on USA’s Alex Caceres.

De Tomas, who recently came from the UFC Fighter Retreat in Las Vegas, says that he looks forward to sharing the UFC stage with his fellow Filipino.

“At least may kasama akong Pinoy sa Sinagpore card,” he told Sa Vegas (during the UFC Fighter Retreat) kasi, kahit sama sama din kayo, pagbalik mo sa kwarto mo, mag-isa ka nalang at wala ka namang maka-usap. Pero kung andyan si kuya Gab [Dy] na magkasabay kami ng laban, at least parang nandito pa rin ako sa Pilipinas lumalaban.”

It seems that the UFC fates of both these Pinoy fighters have long been intertwined. Amongst the country’s most promising MMA fighters, Dy and De Tomas have always been viewed as the Pinoy fighters most likely to sign with the UFC. However, De Tomas shares that he’s surprised Dy didn’t sign with the UFC sooner.

“Akala ko mau-una pa sa akin si Kuya Gab [Dy] sa UFC. Kasi halos lahat ng kinukuha ng UFC, galing PXC,” shared De Tomas.

True enough, “Golden Boy” signed with the UFC when he was the URCC flyweight champion, making him the first URCC fighter to sign with the UFC.

His foreign foe

While De Tomas is happy to have a compatriot by his side in Singapore, he also understands that he’s got a very tough test ahead of him.

Inoue (10-0) has finished seven out of his 10 bouts via submission. The judo-based fighter has had no problem making his opponents play into his strengths–taking them down and scoring the submission finish soon after.

“Yung kalaban ko kasi Hapon, matibay,” De Tomas shared. “Mahirap siyang i-submit; blue belt in BJJ rin naman siya.”

However, “Golden Boy” has been working diligently on all aspects of his game. He’s been sharpening his boxing skills and has also been training with Karate black belt and URCC contented Drex Zamboanga. He’s also been wrestling with the Wrestling Association of the Philippines and training his Jiu-jitsu with Kamphuis-Fabricio. Ultimately, he’s prepared to hand the Japanese fighter his first loss.

“Ang panapat sa judo ay wrestling,” De Tomas said. “Sa judo kasi, puro hips [ang ginagamit mo pang attack], pero kapag wrestler ka, marunong ka mag block ng hips.”

De Tomas says that he sees himself becoming a UFC champion in two to three years; the first major step on the road to UFC gold begins at UFC Singapore.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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