Rey Docyogen (right) in one of his fights.
MANILA, Philippines – Same training, but different strategy for Rey Docyogen.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) coach Mark Sangiao said they have prepared a different game plan for Team Lakay’s Docyogen, who is facing a tough challenge in Guam’s Joshua "The Hedgehog" Alvarez next week.
“Pareho ang training nila ni Eduard [Folayang], pero may tinututukan kami kay Rey,” said Sangiao.
The training Sangiao was referring to was Docyogen’s morning strength and conditioning exercises, coupled with striking and grappling drills in the afternoon.
Sangiao said they have put premium on Docyogen’s takedown defense as they expect Alvarez to use his heft to bring the fight to the ground.
The Guamanian fighter previously competed in the 145 and 135 pound divisions. He moved to 125 pounds or the flyweight class to fight Docyogen.
“‘Yung taga Guam malakas sa wrestling. Iniiwasan naming matake-down si Rey para magamit niya yung advantages niya sa striking,” said Sangiao.
Docyogen is just one of the 5 Filipinos competing in ONE FC: Rise of Heroes on May 2 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.
Also fighting in the Manila card are Eduard Folayang, Eugene Toquero, Jujeath Nagaoa, and Filipino-American Ana Julaton.
Folayang will be going up against Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, while Toquero will be taking on young Malaysian Gianni Subba. Nagaowa will be lined up against Jeet Toshi and Julaton will be slugging it out versus Aya Saeid Saber.