Filipino bantamweight Rolando Dy focused on PXC 55 to remind everyone why he is a two-time title contender.
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]A[/mks_dropcap] failed campaign for UFC Manila 2 and a delayed title shot has resulted into disappointments for top Filipino bantamweight Rolando Gabriel Dy.
Over a month ago, Dy was primarily scheduled to fight then-reigning PXC champion Alex Volkanovski. the fight was called off after Volkanovski signed with the UFC. Instead of facing a new contender for the vacated belt, Dy suddenly found himself in limbo.
Dy admitted he was disappointed with these setbacks, but said he’s already moved on. He vows to keep working to reach his goals, starting in his upcoming fight next week at PXC 55.
“Oo medyo, magulo nga mga nagdaang mga buwan, kasi di ko ma-set mind ko,” Dy tells Dojo Drifter.
“Una si Alex (Volkanovski), so I was expecting a grinder, a wrestler. Ngayon si Aydin Mrouki, a boxer and BJJ guy kaya I need to adjust na naman. Pero trabaho ko ito eh. I need to be 100% mentally and physically kapag dating ng laban. And I will be 100% sa November 18.”
Dy adds, “Nalungkot ako na di ako nakuha sa UFC and nawala pa shot ko sa belt, pero I believe everything happens for a reason. I will still continue fighting for my dreams hanggang maabot ko ito.”
Standing in the way of Dy and another title shot is Australian Top Team’s Aydin Mrouki. The Iraqi-born Australian is coming off a successful debut last PXC 53 when he defeated Jaypee Espinosa via unanimous decision.
Like Dy, Mrouki is well-versed in striking particularly in boxing. But with no belt on the line, one thing that motivated the Cavite-based fighter is when they started trading shots on social media. This ignited a feud that turned a little bit personal for both camps. “Dy Incredible” says that the competitive fire in him was reignited, thanks to his upcoming opponent.
“Ginanahan ako sa kalaban ko ngayon. Una kasi medyo wala akong gana kasi nawala nga ang belt pero nung nagsimula na siya magsalita, ginanahan na ako. Ngayon lang ako lalaban sa opponent na mas mayabang pa sa akin. Pero siyempre sa laban di ko pa rin pwede pairalin ang emotion. Relax parin dapat,” Dy said.
At 25, Rolando Dy focused on PXC 55, is also looking ahead for the future both in and out of the cage. He was invited to train at the famed Team Alpha Male Gym in Sacramento and is considering to have a camp there after his fight. He’s also earned a degree in Legal Studies and plans to attend law school in the future to fulfill his mother’s wish. Not to mention his plans of putting up his own MMA facility. But for the moment, his focus is on finishing the task ahead getting the W over his upcoming foe.
“I’ll just cross the road when I get there. Pero for now focus muna ako in beating Aydin.”