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Gustavo Balart’s ‘ONE: Masters of Fate’ opponent Robin Catalan: Philippines has world’s most amazing MMA fans

Robin Catalan, Gustavo Balart (©ONE Championship)

Robin Catalan, Gustavo Balart (©ONE Championship)

Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 31, of Iloilo City, Philippines is one of the Filipino mixed martial artists competing at “ONE: Masters of Fate.” His opponent is Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart, 32, of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

Catalan and Balart were among the eight “ONE: Masters of Fate” fighters who participated in the official open workout at the Elorde Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 5, 2019. During the event, which was hosted by Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson, the Filipino contender said, “First of all, I’m really excited to be a part of this card.”

“The Philippines has the most amazing martial arts fans in the world and I am proud to represent my country on the global stage,” Catalan continued. “I’ve put a lot into this camp and I am fixated on getting the victory. All my hard work will pay off soon.”

“I would like to thank ONE Championship for continuing to give me the opportunity to showcase my skills,” Catalan added. “I feel like I’ve improved a lot since my first fight. Now I’m ready to show the world that I’m a serious contender in this division. Thank you for all the support, Manila!”

Featuring 10 MMA matches and three Muay Thai contests, ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Masters of Fate” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 8, 2019. In the fifth bout of the evening, Catalan and Balart will battle it out in an MMA bout in the strawweight division.

Three of the Filipino fighters of on the “ONE: Masters of Fate” card are from Team Lakay. They are former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23.

In the main event of the evening, Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, Robin’s older brother, will challenge Pacio. In the co-main event, Folayang will compete in an MMA match in the lightweight division against Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu, 29, of Mongolia.

Here is a clip from the “ONE: Masters of Fate” workout:

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