Their Fight Is Our Fight!

With October being Filipino-American History Month, I am happy and pleased to announce Their Fight Is Our Fight (TFIOF), the First Filipino-American MMA event put together in efforts to help the typhoon victims in the Philippines. This event will be held at Legends MMA Training Center in Hollywood, CA on October 25th, 2009. It is an all day MMA event with demonstration, seminars, and autographs with the most prominent Filipino-American figures in MMA; Brandon Vera, Mark Munoz, Shane Del Rosario, Romie Adanza, and Arianny Celeste.


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Maraming Maraming Salamat!

♥ Tamara ‘Miss Rara’ Suguitan

CONTACT: Winston Emano,



(LOS ANGELES – 10/18) Responding in their own unique way to the plight of thousands of their kababayans affected by the twin – soon to be, triple – typhoon devastations in The Philippines, the Filipino American Mixed Martial Arts community is taking the fight for typhoon relief with THEIR FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT, a special fundraiser taking place Sunday, October 25 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Legends Mixed Martial Arts Training Center, 5176 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90029.

The event, presented in conjunction with FilAm ARTS and SIPA, two established community non-profit organizations, is a veritable feast for Mixed Martial Arts practitioners and fans alike and brings together for the first time four top-ranked Filipino American Mixed Martial Artists in Brandon Vera, Mark Munoz, Shane Del Rosario and Romie Adanza each presenting exclusive high-level seminars and demonstrations of their specialties.

Additionally, popular UFC ring card model Arianny Celeste, featured on Spike TV’s “Ultimate Fighter,” will be on hand to meet fans and lend her support.

Tickets for the all-day seminars for participants are an all-inclusive $120. Non-participating spectators can attend to watch and take pictures for $5 admission.

“If you’re Pinoy and a fan of MMA, this event is an absolute must,” said event co-founder Tamara “Ms. RaRa” Suguitan. “Proceeds from the gate and merchandise will go directly to help our people.”

Added co-founder Paul Factora, “We – the participants included – were not immune to seeing our fellow Filipinos suffering. This event is our small way of letting them know that we stand by them through this all.”

The Participants:

Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera – San Diego, CA
UFC Light-Heavyweight Contender – 11-3 Record.
Former WEC Heavyweight Champion.
2-time Pan American Jiu Jitsu Gold Medalist
8-time Grapplers Quest Champion
W.K.A. Muay Thai National Champion.
U.S. Olympic Wrestling Alternate
Brown Belt under Master Lloyd Irvin
Defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and was a challenger for the UFC Heavyweight title. Upcoming bout against UFC Legend Randy Couture on Nov 14.

Mark ‘The Philippine Wrecking Machine’ Munoz – Vallejo, CA
UFC Middleweight Contender – 6-1 Record.
2001 NCAA Div. 1 National Champion Wrestler
2-time NCAA All American – Oklahoma State University
Wrestling Coach at U.C. Davis
Member of The Blackhouse fight team alongside Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Antonio Noguiera.

Shane ‘No Limits’ Del Rosario – Irvine, CA
Undefeated Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Contender. 8-0
First ever WBO Heavyweight Muay Thai Champion
Current WBC Heavyweight Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion
Alternate Fighter for Spike TV’s -The Ultimate Fighter –Heavyweights.
Member of Team Oyama

Romie Adanza – Irvine, CA
US WBC Bantamweight Muay Thai Champion
IKKC International Bantamweight Muay Thai Champion
Team Oyama Muay Thai Trainer

Arianny Celeste
UFC Ring Girl
Ring Girl of the Year 2008
Nominated Ring Girl of the Year 2009

Additional Instructor announcements to come!!!
Proceeds from the seminars will go directly to Typhoon Ondoy, Parma and Lupit relief via Red Cross Philippines.

Seminar Events Schedule:

10:00-10:30 – Opening Ceremony – Warmup
10:30-12:00 – Brandon Vera – Jiu Jitsu for MMA – Seminar
12:00-1:00 – Lunchbreak – Group Pictures – Special Guest Announcements.
1:00-2:00 – Romy Adanza – Muay Thai Clinch Game -Workshop
2:00-3:00 – Shane Del Rosario – Muay Thai for MMA – Workshop
4:00-4:20 – Break – Pictures – Awards
4:20-5:50 – Mark Munoz – MMA Takedowns and Wrestling.
5:50-6:00 – Cool Down
6:00-6:30– Awards – Closing Ceremony. – Raffle Winners Announcement.

Schedule is subject to change upon additional instructor participation. For more information, please visit

FYI, our site is down for a few hours today. Will be back up this afternoon.

Kimbo on TUF…

Here are my thoughts.

First off, I’m questioning if I’m going to continue to watch this season of The Ultimate Fighter because Kimbo lost his fight and cause the fight with Wes Shivers and James McSweeney was WACK! I can’t believe these guys were picked to be on TUF when they couldn’t even last one or two rounds in the octagon. At least they now know what they need to work on – Cardio!

Kimbo Slice really impressed me with his fight against Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. I couldn’t believe I actually saw a leg kick coming from Kimbo. It’s very exciting to see a fighter come from the streets into the professional sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Ever since I met Kimbo and his manager Icey Mike at AVN a few years ago, I’ve always been a Kimbo fan. It’s funny cause once I told Icey Mike I was ‘Miss Rara from the UG’ he took me in with open arms inviting me to all their Reality Kings parties and fiascos. That’s what I love about the MMA industry; its so small everyone knows each other, but once you’re in – you’re in!

I really liked how the producers focused on Kimbo’s personality. You’d think he’s a tough bully but the reality is, he’s a normal guy. I loved how Kimbo was talking about how he had never been this connected with God in his life… how he had ‘ENEMYS’ but it was really his ‘Inner Me’ he was battling. How could you not like the guy after that?

I loved how he was rockin’ the Tribute to Mask TapouT tee. Once I saw that, I thought to myself ‘Kimbo respects the sport and the people who helped contribute to it’. Then I remembered running into him at Mask’s funeral. (pic of us at Mask’s funeral – R.I.P. Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis

Although he really needs to work on his ground game, I got all the love and respect for Kimbo because he loves fighting; he respects the sport. Kimbo right now is one of the most powerful men in MMA. Just think about it for a second….