S'pore MMA coach to compete in UFC fight

S'pore MMA coach to compete in UFC fight
Mixed martial arts (MMA) coach Royston Wee (right) training with Bruce Loh, head coach of Impact MMA Singapore, ahead of his 4 January 2014 fight with Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera of the Philippines.

His last professional fight was two years ago, and when he failed to make the final cut for Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC's) reality series The Ultimate Fighter in September, Royston Wee would be forgiven for thinking that his fighting days were behind him.

Instead, he got a lifeline.

Come Jan 4, the 27-year-old mixed martial arts (MMA) coach will be the first Singaporean to compete in the UFC's inaugural South-east Asia fight.

Wee, an instructor at local gym Impact MMA, will take on Dave "The Scarecrow" Galera of the Philippines in a bantamweight showdown at Marina Bay Sands.

Both men will be making their UFC debuts.

The event, UFC Fight Night 34, will be headlined by a clash between Jake "The Juggernaut" Ellenberger and Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine.

Said Wee, who picked up MMA five years ago: "I am happy, honoured, and excited to be the first Singaporean to fight in the UFC.

"I'm confident. I think I am better in every single aspect than my opponent. I'm ready for him."

The 1.71m-tall Wee will have his hands full against an opponent with a 9cm height advantage and a perfect win record in his five-bout professional career.

Galera is also the bantamweight title holder at the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) - the Philippines' first professional MMA competition.

Said Galera: "Fighting in the UFC is a dream come true for me. I just want to concentrate on training full time and help build (his gym) Team Lakay's legacy."

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