Rene Catalan all out to seize his time

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “I doubled on training and I worked on my wrestling and striking. I just worked hard,” Catalan said. “It’s just a matter of discipline, determination, and dedication, alongside our passion with what we do.”“I won’t waste this opportunity because I know things like this don’t come often.”The 40-year-old Catalan, who is on a six-fight tear, had mixed emotions in fighting a fellow Filipino, but he also knew that fighting for the world title is too big of an opportunity to pass up.“I declined at first, but I know how big of an opportunity this is. I’ve worked hard for this,” Catalan said.ADVERTISEMENT The resurgent Filipino is now a headliner as he challenges compatriot Joshua Pacio for the ONE strawweight world title in ONE: Masters of Fate on Friday before a hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.“When I lost three straight, I accepted it,” Catalan said. “I was a newbie in MMA. But every time I competed in a sport, my goal was to become a world champion. I felt like losing early was normal because I was just starting.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“On fight cards, it was totally normal to open in the prelims because I was just starting. But I told myself that eventually I will be in the main event.”Catalan is determined to make the most of his opportunity to be in the main event just like the way he rose from the ashes to come just a step away from the pedestal. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?center_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Spurs’ Son in tears after Everton’s Gomes injury; Foxes 3rd Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rene Catalan was never discouraged when he began his MMA career with a string of losses.Catalan kept going and that perseverance turned his fortunes around, leading to a world title fight.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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