Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Lorde Rey “The Punisher” Magdale Yamit, born in Cagayan de Oro City, who now resides in Butuan City and manages the PEAK Review Center there – gets ready for his much anticipated homecoming fight.
His MMA career has its ups and downs, just like any sportsman, but his most memorable bout was “when I knocked my opponent out in Cebu during the Ground and Pound VI event and got my Lightweight Division belt (GNP Lightweight Title) against Mark “The Terminator” Araneta of Mandaue United MMA in July of 2012”.
Lorde Rey will compete in “The Proving Grounds: October Fists” MMA event at the Emerald Ballroom of the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City, October 30. Several undercard fights are also in the lineup and will start at 6:30pm.
He is pitted with Rex de Lara, a former champion. “I know him, we see each other in URCC (Universal Reality Combat Championship) Cebu, he was a former bantamweight champion in Visayas URCC, I have a big respect of him. But here in my hometown, I will seek and destroy him ‘til I win, last man standing will win” Lorde Rey says.
Lorde Rey has been waiting for an opportunity to fight in his hometown, Cagayan de Oro, and “The Proving Grounds” event has finally come.
“I’m very excited that I will be fighting in CDO, wow, very much excited Kagay-anons, don’t blink – this could be a war, I shall give my best to win this one”, Lorde Rey says of the upcoming fight.
“It’s a big fight for me, very important because I fight in my hometown, it’s my honor to show Kagay-anons are ready to compete in MMA world, it’s very significant for me – this is my hometown, he will never defeat me in my hometown, I promise that I will look to win this fight at any cause”, Lorde Rey says excitingly.
‘The Punisher’ has been training hard the past weeks in preparation for The Proving Grounds.
“I’m currently working on my game plan and hope to execute it effectively during the fight, and I hope to just focus… relax… enjoy the fight”, says Lorde Rey.
“I offer this fight to Almighty God, my wife, my children – JR, JV and JM, to all Kagay-anons, my sister Manang Avic, MayMay, Omar, Tita Lotz, Tita Emma, and to my family” says Lorde Rey.
Lorde Rey would like to also thank the people who have supported him through his MMA career, “Thanks to Mumma Mam Rose Chung, KO Boxing Gym in Limketkai, Coach Paden, Donde, Arman and PEAK Review Center, God bless you all”.
Catch the MMA action at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel on October 30, for ticket inquiries please contact: 0926-9534-251
Photos and text by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy