Rene Catalan plans to start anew in ONE as a strawweight

After a string of tough losses as a flyweight, ONE Championship fighter Rene Catalan wants to start anew and compete in the strawweight division.

Knowing that time is not on his side, the 35-year-old, multiple-time SEA Games medalist in Wushu plans to drop to his natural weight class in search of his first MMA victory. His last three bouts ended in a pair of losses and one overturned as no contest.

Catalan revealed to Dojo Drifter during the Pan Asian Jiu Jitsu tournament held in Parañaque that he has already asked ONE Championship to allow him to fight as a strawweight.

He said, “I’ve asked kay Sir Matt Hume na next na laban ko is not at 125. Bababa ako sa fighting weight ko sa 115 kasi alam naman natin yung mga 125 is malalaki. Hopefully na yung next fight ko is dun na sa 115.”

[I’ve asked Sir Matt Hume to make my next fight not at 125 (pounds). I’ll drop my fighting weight at 115 (pounds) because I know that the fighters at 125 are bigger. Hopefully my next will be at 115.]

The glaring size disadvantage Catalan experienced against his 125-pound opponents, not to mention the bigger and taller fighters in the division like Gianni Scuba and current champion Adriano Morales, made him decide to finally make the move. Ruel, his younger brother, also competes in ONE Championship at 125 pounds.

If his move to strawweight is successful, he might get a chance to face his former tormentor Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, the reigning champion from Evolve, and compatriot Roy Doliguez.

“Hopefully na yung next fight ko is dun na sa 115 at kung papalarin, sana magkatapat kami ulit si DSA.” [Hopefully my next fight is at 115 (pounds), and if fate would have it, I’ll get the chance to face DSA once again.]


Dojo Drifter was able to contact Roy Doliguez on Facebook and asked his thoughts on Catalan’s move to flyweight. He said, “About Rene Catalan who is he(?) Sh-t f-ck, (H)e needs to win first.

He also added, “What the f-ck about Catalan(?) If he wants to show me (a fight), yes, I do (accept). Why not. I (will) fight any opponents ’cause I am (a) real warrior.”

This could lead to an interesting number one contender match for DSA’s title. Stay tuned to Dojo Drifter for updates.

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