Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge, 31, is one of the Filipino mixed martial artists who previously competed in Brave Combat Federation. But in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion’s first Philippine event titled “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors,” the MMA fighter, who is also a police officer, is not on the fight card.
Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao was present during the Brave CF press conference at the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines on February 18, 2019. The promotion inked a deal with Philippine television network TV5 during the event.
In an exclusive interview with Sangiao during the event, I asked him why Pitpitunge was not on the “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” fight card. According to the Team Lakay head coach, it was the MMA fighter-police officer’s choice not to fight in the first ever Brave CF event in the Philippines.
“Last December, I asked Crisanto if he wants to fight but he refused because he is very busy in his job,” Sangiao said. “He is a police officer. He will still fight but maybe in future events.”
When Pitpitunge made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” at the Prince Hamzah Sports Hall in Amman, Jordan on March 2, 2018, he was submitted by Jalal Al Daaja, 32, of Jordan via triangle choke. It made the Team Lakay fighter the first ever Filipino MMA fighter to compete in Jordan.
On September 21, 2018, Pitpitunge competed in Brave CF for the second time. He lost to Hamza Kooheji, 25, of Bahrain at “Brave 16” via unanimous decision at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Hailing from Kapangan, Benguet, Philippines, Pitpitunge was born on December 28, 1986. He earned his degree in Criminology from the University of Cordilleras in Baguio City.
Featuring five Team Lakay fighters, “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on March 15, 2019. Here is my full interview with Sangiao: