MANILA, Philippines – Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter David Galera suffered his first career defeat after being outsmarted by Singapore’s Royston Wee during their UFC debut in Singapore on Saturday.
Galera, who came in as a favorite with a 5-0 card, was repeatedly pinned down to the mat by the Singaporean grappler on the undercard of UFC Fight Night 34.
The Filipino fighter opened the bout with a low kick, but Wee immediately went for a take down and brought the fight to the ground. After escaping an armbar, the Singaporean sneaked in several elbows to Galera’s head, cutting the Filipino in the right eyebrow.
Wee was clearly on the lead after scoring two more take downs in round two. Galera tried to maintain a stand up fight in the third, but one of his leg kicks got foiled again with another take down from the Singaporean.
While on the mat, the Filipino fired an upkick to Wee’s face, a move deemed illegal in the UFC. As a result, Galera incurred a 1-point deduction.
The Singaporean walked away with the decision.
With the victory Wee improved his MMA record to 3 victories, while Galera was dealt with his first loss as a professional fighter.