MANILA -- In line with its commitment to champion sports and Filipino athletes, ABS-CBN Sports + Action teamed up with the URCC and the Academy Fighting Championship (AFC) to create "Fight Farm," a locally produced MMA documentary reality TV series.
"Fight Farm" will follow the journey of 16 amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who will battle each other for a fighting contract with the URCC, Asia's longest running MMA promotions.
"Fight Farm" will premiere on ABS-CBN Sports + Action on August 14 at 7 p.m., and will feature fighters with varied backgrounds and personal struggles but are all ready to fight and give their all on the mat to fulfill their dreams, to help their family, and for the love of the sport.
“This is part of our advocacy. In order to promote the sport, we need to be able to show stories of ordinary people who can compete, show that anyone can be a MMA fighter with hard work, dedication, and discipline. We believe in MMA, we believe in local talent. Suportahan natin sila hindi lang sa laban nila sa ring, kundi pati sa laban nila sa buhay,” ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel head Vince Rodriguez said of the new program.
"Fight Farm" will feature amateur MMA fighters from different backgrounds and with different motivations in joining the program.
Jiar Castillo is one of the fighters raring to make it big, despite being born with one eye blind.
Edison Cashela, meanwhile, who was trained in taekwondo as a kid by his father, taught MMA in his father’s gym before experiencing difficult times and now wants to give his career and gym a re-birth.
Also hoping to help their family are Raul Luba and Bryan Salando.
They are joined by 12 other athletes, who also have stories that people can relate with and take inspiration from.
The AFC, headed by founder Ron Catunao, wants to showcase unheralded fighters that have been training hard day and night in their academy, which has been the proving grounds of young fighters raring to make a big splash in the fight scene. This is the reason why they officially partnered with URCC three years ago to be their official grassroots program.
URCC and AFC decided to put up the "Fight Farm" documentary to help the fighters of tomorrow earn a name for themselves.
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