Mixed martial arts: What a win, Wee

Mixed martial arts: What a win, Wee

When a man can’t stand, he can’t fight.

Singapore’s mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Royston Wee must have heeded some valuable advice from the Karate Kid III film before his bout against Dave Galera from the Philippines last night.

Wee defeated his bantamweight opponent by an unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 34 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in front of a partisan crowd of 6,000 fans.

And he did it with one simple strategy — keep his opponent down.

Right from the get-go of the three-round preliminary card bout, the 27-year-old Singaporean frustrated Galera, by taking him down and keeping him on his back.

It might have taken much of the excitement out of the much anticipated fight, which featured two fighters making their UFC debuts, but the crowd did not seem to mind.

They cheered loudly whenever Galera failed in his attempt to get on his feet.

Wee, the underdog coming into the fight, admitted that his strategy in the octagon was to ground-and-pound.

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