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UGB MMA founder Ferdie Munsayac feels very blessed to be working under LCS Holdings umbrella

Luis “Chavit” Crisologo Singson and his daughter Chelsey Singson graced the Underground Battle Mixed Martial Arts Championship event “Fun Fight 12”. This is the first UGB MMA event held in collaboration with the Singsons’ LCS Group of Companies.

Chelsey herself is a boxer. When asked whether or not combat sports fans can expect her to fight inside the UGB MMA cage, she said it is a possibility.

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Fun Fight 12

The “Fun Fight 12” card had 48 bouts in MMA, boxing, Muay Thai, boxing, no-gi Brazilian jiujitsu, bare knuckle karate and UGB MMA’s signature competition Juego Todo. The combat sports festival took place at the Metrotent Convention Center of the Metrowalk Commercial Complex in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines from November 13-14, 2022.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Ferdinand Munsayac founded UGB MMA with a mission not only to entertain combat sports fans but also to help struggling and deserving fighters and to help financially challenged Filipinos. The promotion conducted charity events for the benefit of the Aetas in Bamban before and during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“It was a total success,” Munsayac said of “Fun Fight 12”. “But we still have room for improvement, of course! (We are) just very blessed to be working under the LCS umbrella.”

Founded by Chavit, LCS Group of Companies is also known as LCS Holdings Inc. In January 2017, the Philippine conglomerate spent $15 million to host Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines.

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Papa Goat’s picks

Munsayac’s favorite “Fun Fight 12” bout is the main event, in which Nigeria’s Marcus “The Warlord” Balogun defeated the Philippines’ Roel “Kamagong” Rio in the third round via doctor stoppage. Out of the 48 bouts, it was declared the Fight of the Night.

Winning at “Fun Fight 12” improved Balogun’s professional MMA record to 3 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Rio now has 5 wins and 6 losses.

Aside from the match between Balogun and Rio, Munsayac also enjoyed watching the bare knuckle karate fights of One Kyokushin. He described it as “the real deal when it comes to bare knuckle”.

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Mama Goat’s message

Munsayac is fondly called Papa Goat by the Filipino MMA community. His number one supporter is his wife, also known as Mama Goat.

Similar to Dr. Phil McGraw‘s wife Robin McGraw, Mama Goat makes sure that she joins Papa Goat in every UGB MMA event and “Fun Fight 12” is no different. In particular, Mama Goat actively helps with their promotion’s advocacy to help the needy.

Like all MMA promotions, UGB MMA has a fair share of non-supporters and MMA Goat has a message to them. She believes if they get to understand what their promotion is doing, they will have a change of heart.

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Professor

The vice president of UGB MMA is Papa Goat and Mama Goat’s son Mikuni Munsayac. At “Fun Fight 12”, Mikuni served as one of the commentators.

While Chelsey is a boxer, Mikuni is a professional MMA fighter and his moniker is Professor (not Baby Goat). In an interview during the event, he shared that he is busy taking care of his girlfriend is expected to give birth to their first child either in December 2022 or in January 2023.

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