Contrary to popular belief, mixed martial arts is not a sport that sprouted out of the infamous (not to mention phony) wrestling matches of the late 80s. The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to various mixed style contests that took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s.
Wikipedia defines mixed martial arts (MMA) as “a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of other combat sports, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and while on the ground. Such competitions allow fighters of different backgrounds to compete.”
In the Philippines, mixed martial arts is fairly new. It has never really grown to epic proportions, the same way it has in other parts of the world. In fact, a lot of people will tell you that the very nature of mixed martial arts is quite barbaric. But we do have a gem in MMA. His name is Eric Kelly, also known as “The Natural”.
At 27, Kelly has probably seen it all. And done it all. From his humble beginnings training in Baguio City, Kelly has evolved into one of the best – if not the best – mixed martial arts athletes of his time. He is the reigning URCC Featherweight champion, and is being groomed to compete in the One Fighting Championship in Singapore this September.
In school, Kelly was your average student. Garnering an average of 66.6 in Math in High School, Kelly made the most of his athleticism and started training rigorously in kickboxing, to keep himself away from the streets and to start a (professional) career in boxing. It’s not a surprise that since that fateful time he decided that fighting was for the ring and not the streets, Kelly has proven to be a formidable fighter, making a name for himself not just locally, but across the globe.
Behind every successful man is a woman. Yes, Kelly is a family man. But he also takes a great deal of inspiration from his good friend and coach, Chef Christopher Romine. An MMA enthusiast himself, Chef has consistently seen Kelly through life’s many challenges, including but not limited to purely MMA. Kelly describes coach Chef Chris as the person who has taught him the valuable lesson that “our kids are our strength”.
Chef’s post in Macau has not stopped him from continuing to impart lessons to Kelly. Asked why he devotes himself to the effort of seeing Kelly “fly”, Chef Chris puts it very simply — “He’s got so much potential!” That’s right, Chef — Kelly has so much potential.
Kelly isn’t known as “The Natural” for no reason. His quick reflexes and smooth moves on the ring has earned him a spot in the fight card for the upcoming One Fighting Championship in Singapore this September (yes, I’ve said that twice!). Check out http://onefc.com/events/1-champion-vs-champion-asias-greatest-battle-of-champions.html to view fight details.
Now, let’s get down to business. Kelly needs your full support in this once in a lifetime endeavor. On and off the ring, what Kelly does best is REPRESENT, and we’d love for Kelly to represent YOU in Singapore.
So let’s talk!
We promise this will be one for the books!