Olivar unfazed by loss in Brazil

DESPITE suffering his first defeat, Team Lakay fighter Rizalino Jon Olivar remains upbeat in his MMA career.

Olivar failed to notch his ninth victory after falling to Rogerio Bontorin via rear naked choke in Brave Combat Federation’s (Brave CF) Brave 3: Battle in Brazil held in Curitiba, Parana on March 18.

“At least nakita ko kung saang part ko pa i-dedevelop ang weaknesses ko,” Olivar said and vowed he will now work on improving his ground game.

Bontorin’s fighting style was focused on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, a martial art characterized by grappling moves and ground fighting while earning his 10th victory in 11 bouts.

Olivar hopes to train further on his ground game and other facets of his skills

The Team Lakay fighter recently won his eighth bout on February 25 against Norman Agcopra during the 12th Team Lakay Championship, cementing his undefeated streak.

After securing the win, Olivar signed up with Brave CF and matched up with Bontorin in the bantamweight category.

Olivar meanwhile thanked all who supported him and reiterated his defeat should bring about developments in his fighting style.

"Nakita ko po ang dapat kong i-develop at palakasin para sa mga susunod pang laro. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo," said Olivar.

In the co-main event, Carlston Harris knocked out Thiago Viera in round 2 while Fabian Galvan submitted Lucas Martins in round 2 of the main event.

In the main cards, Julio Cesar Neves also faced Fernando Colman in the octagon and earned his 33rd win via unanimous decision while Felipe Efrain, Marcos Pirata, and Luan Santiago took home wins against Walel Watson, Jeremy Smith, and Ivan Castillo, respectively. (Mitch Garganta and Maica Escosio/UP Baguio Intern)