Kiko Matos on Wednesday claimed he is gaining support from netizens for agreeing to face Baron Geisler inside the cage at the URCC Fight Night on Saturday.
The indie film actor will square off against Geisler for two three-minute rounds that will follow pro-am rules, meaning elbow and knee strikes will not be allowed.
“Marami na ring taong naiinis sa kanya, marami na kong supporters ngayon,” said Matos in an interview on Showbiz INQLive on Wednesday night.
Their URCC bout stemmed from video footage of their bar brawl that went viral. The video showed Matos hitting Geisler with a sucker punch after the latter apparently tried to make peace with the former.
But Matos explained that there are things that happened between him and Geisler that led to the punch.
“Ang sabi ko nga merong nangyayari behind the video na hindi nakikita ng tao, kaya ko nagagawa yung nakikita nila,” he said.
He admitted regretting what he did when the video first came out. But then again, he said it was Geisler who started the problem.
“Malinaw na may isang tao na hindi umaasta ng matino. Akala tuloy ng mga tao nagtitrip lang ako. ‘Yun ang akala ng tao, kaya ako nagsisisi,” said Matos.
The indie actor has been training every day for his cage fight against Geisler, who’s into taekwondo since he was six years old.
Matos knows how to box and added jiu-jitsu and kickboxing into his training regimen to prepare himself for the cage fight.
“Araw araw, pinaghahandaan namin. Three to four hours of training everyday, no rest day… I've been training MMA, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and some cardio work din,” he said.
Matos said he will gracefully accept defeat if he loses, as long as Geisler changes his ways.
“’Pag natalo ako, friends kami ni Baron. Ico-congratulate ko s’ya. Basta magbago si Baron at hindi magiging makulit,” he said.
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