Docyogen contemplates on MMA career

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Friday, May 9, 2014

AFTER passing the Architecture Licensure examination in January this year, Rey Docyogen is thinking twice whether it’s time for him to hang up his mix martial arts glove for good.

Docyogen finally scored his first victory in One Fighting Championship after coming up with two straight loss that almost took his MMA career stalled.

The pinweight champion, after winning 10 straight in the Manila based URCC promotion, saw his clean sheet erased with a sorry loss in his One FC debut way back in 2013 against Sinichi Kojima and a sorry unanimous decision loss against Yusuhiro Urushitani in Manila during a dismal 0-5 performance by Team Lakay where four of his team mate also lost that night including Honorio Banario who yielded the One FC bantamweight championship belt.


But his latest fight against Josh Alvarez was a huge improvement from his previous fights as Docoyogen settled and contemplated on his move to finally win in Asia’s largest MMA promotions.

And with his victory, Docyogen however said he needs to rethink.

“I’ll just take a little break, but I’m not yet decided if Architecture or mix martial arts will be my priority,” said the 31-year-old fighter who finished his course at the University of the Cordilleras.

Since earning his license in architecture, Docyogen however said he has been more focused on his profession as an architect, and only took on the fight because he had no projects at the time.

Docyogen’s victory came almost one year after Team Lakay’s devastating loss against foreign opposition.

Docyogen, together with Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon and Geje Eustaquio lost via decision and the sad part was that the main event of the night, featuring then champion Honorio Banario suffering a second round knock out against Japanese fighter Koji Oishi.

That loss however, prompted Team Lakay to rethink their strategy and hired a once a month wrestling instructor to teach them the basics.
Since then, Team Lakay broke that losing spell and the premiere MMA camp in the country is back to their winning ways.

“I know it’s a hard decision to make but I’ll have to chose one,” added Docyogen.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 10, 2014.


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