Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart, 32, of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba and Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan, 31, of Iloilo City, Philippines are among the 28 ONE Championship athletes competing at “ONE: Masters of Fate.” The fight card features 10 MMA bouts and four Muay Thai matches.
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, Balart and Catalan will compete in an MMA match in the strawweight division.
Both Balart and Catalan are coming out of a loss. The Filipino contender was knocked out by Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 23, of Chiang Mai, Thailand at “ONE: Warriors of Light” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019.
Also at the Impact Arena, Balart lost to Chan Rothana, 33, of Phnom Penh, Cambodia via unanimous decision at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” on August 16, 2019. They competed in the flyweight division.
“Unfortunately in the first fight with Chan, I ruptured my meniscus in training leading up to the fight,” Balart told Conan Daily. “It hurt my performance, especially my stamina, but I am looking forward to showing the fans of ONE Championship what I am capable of next time. Whoever I fight, I will give my heart and soul to put on a show.”
If Balart beats Catalan at “ONE: Masters of Fate,” it will be the Cuban MMA fighter’s first victory in ONE Championship. It marks his third outing in the promotion.
It was also at the SM Mall of Asia Arena where Balart made his ONE Championship debut. On April 12, 2019, he lost via unanimous decision to Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 30, of Yamanishi, Japan in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal bout at “ONE: Roots of Honor.”
As an MMA fighter, Balart has been competing professionally since 2015. Here is a clip from his ONE Championship debut:
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