DAVAO CITY — Denver Baden of the Highland Gym made a smashing debut in the World Muaythai Federation (WMF) Philippines Muaythai Ultimate Test (MUT) held Sunday at the Victory Central Mall in Caloocan City.
The 25-year-old Baden, a native of La Trinidad, Benguet used his boxing skills to stop Heinrich James Bejan of RRRC Fitness Gym via a technical knockout in the second round. It was Baden’s 15th straight win in a Muaythai or kickboxing match.
“Medyo, nanibago pa ako sa first round kasi ang huli kong laban ay 2015 pa (I was adjusting in the first round because my last fight was in 2015),” said the soft-spoken Baden.
Baden eluded a kick by his opponent at the start of the first round and countered it with left and right hooks.
In the second round, Baden connected a solid right hook to the face of Bejan, forcing referee Noli Basig to stop the scheduled 3-rounder match.
Baden is also an instructor of the MP Highland Gym in Morayta St. and at the Highland Takeover Gym in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
The 13th edition of the MUT was organized by WMF Phil Kamao and sponsored by the Victory Central Mall, Payantog Sport, Jian Axel Sisig Station, Elorde Fight Camp Bulacan, Deckman Sea Expert, Hallohallo Mall, Triskelion Council South Caloocan, Fightnewsasia.com, Powcast Sport and Expose Newspaper.
In the main event, Jonathan Pardo of WMF Phil. Kamao/Elorde Fight Camp in Bulacan also scored a second round TKO win against Albert Campilah of Team Taurus MMA gym.
Pardo used his powerful kicks against the boxing style of Campilah, who was already gasping for his breath in the second round.
“The event also served as the screening for potential fighters to represent the country in the annual World Championships held in Bangkok Thailand,” said organizer Gerald Basig.
The other results: Reynold Vargas (United Sikaran Alliance) def. Gabriel Tolentino (D’armory Team) by unanimous decision; Dave Servancia (United Sikaran Alliance) def. Archie Dato-on (Back Fist MMA Gym) by split decision; Jaeneth Carmona (New Blood) def. Mhel Adrianne Brutas (RRRC Fitness Gym) by RSC TKO in second round; Marlon Oranda (RMF Team Biron) def. Joseph Henogen (Sigma) by unanimous decision; Danilo Bathan (Team Lucero) def. Joseph Baron Ibe (WMF Phil Kamao) by split decision; Reggy Kevin Almilla (WMF Phil Kamao) def. Ranel Castillo (Team Taurus MMA) by default; Daniel de Guzman (Team Lucero) def. John Frank Navarro (JuMuay Combat) by unanimous decision; Eddie Dalag (New Blood) def. Alexis Ephraim Villasenor (Back Fist) by unanimous decision;
Krisna Limbaga (Independent) def. Julia Aurea Lobo Torres (Back Fist) by unanimous decision; Mark Itaas (Back Fist) def. Vincent Mangalindal by unanimous decision; Romniek Sahamra (Back Fist) def. Jerico Lucero (Team Lucero) by RSC 1st round; Raphayel Montezon (WMF Phil) def. Den Bodong Navarro (JuMuay Combat) by split decision; Lester Romano (Team Lucero) def. Julius Mislang (WMF Phil) by disqualification; Jayson Mark Vedana (Malayan Kanfu) def. Jose Tagoctoc (New Blood) by split decision; Eduard Caigoy (WMF Phil) def. Mark Alvin Joseph Arceo (Sigma) by split decision; and Marlon Mendoza (Team Lucero) def. Reymart Cabanting by unanimous decision. Lolito delos Reyes/PNA-northboundasia.com