Once again, the Philippine police will be represented on the mixed martial arts stage in an international level. Representing Team Lakay, police officer Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge, 31, of Kapangan, Benguet, Philippines is set to compete in Brave Combat Federation for the second time.
On March 2, 2018, Pitpitunge made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” at the King Hussein Sports City in Amman, Jordan where he lost to Jalal Al Daja, 31, of Jordan via triangle choke submission. The Team Lakay fighter will have the chance to redeem himself when he returns to the stage of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion at “Brave 16” at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 21, 2018.
At “Brave 16,” Pitpitunge will compete against Hamza Kooheji, 25, of Bahrain in the bantamweight division. The latter is the first ever professional MMA fighter in his country and holds a professional MMA record of 6 wins and 2 losses.
On the other hand, Pitpitunge has 9 wins and 6 losses. He graduated from the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City, Philippines and is now serving as a police officer.
Brave CF athletes Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, and Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, 22, are also training at Team Lakay and are alumni of the University of the Cordilleras. The former is the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion.
Born in December 28, 1986, Pitpitunge comes from a poor family surviving on one meal a day. Eventually, Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao introduced him to MMA.
Pitpitunge is equally proud to be a policeman and an MMA fighter. Evidently, MMA developed in the Filipino policeman-MMA fighter a high level of discipline and it changed his life once and for all.
“At first, balancing MMA with police duty was a bit challenging,” Pitpitunge shared. “But with wise time management, I got used to it now.”
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