Docyogen takes on Japanese aceBy Salven L. Lagumbay
Philippine Daily Inquirer
TOP Filipino flyweight Rey Docyogen is set to make his international debut when he takes on Japanese veteran and former Shooto champion Shinichi Kojima at ONE FC: Return of Warriors in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 2.
Docyogen, who trains out of Team Lakay in Baguio, is the URCC pinweight champion and holds a perfect professional MMA record of 10-0. He has never fought outside the Philippines and will be in for a tough battle against the experienced Kojima, a former No. 1 flyweight in the world.
The match is an eliminator for the ONE FC flyweight world title. If Docyogen prevails, his next fight will be for the belt. The show is set at the 15,000-seater Stadium Putra, only the second time that Asia’s biggest MMA organization will hold an event in Kuala Lumpur.
Docyogen’s battle with Kojima will be the penultimate contest of the night. He will be one of three Filipino fighters on the card. The main event will pit his Team Lakay teammate Honorio Banario against Eric Kelly.
ONE FC owner and chief executive officer Victor Cui says the fight is a huge opportunity for Docyogen to show that he is indeed the No. 1 flyweight fighter in the world.