Rosauro hunts for elusive win

CEBUANO mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Roel Rosauro guns for his first win in ONE Championship as he takes on Indonesian veteran Yohan Mulia Legowo in ONE Championship - “A New Tomorrow” on Jan. 10, 2020 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I’m a little bit confident. I believe I can beat him,” Rosauro told SunStar Cebu.

Rosauro already has two fights in ONE Championship: both were losses. He made his debut in Asia’s biggest MMA organization on Feb. 23, 2018 and lost to Chinese Li Kai Wen via a first round guillotine choke.

He returned to the cage three months later and lost by unanimous decision to Indonesia’s “The Terminator” Sunoto.

“He’s hungry because it’s been a long time since he has fought,” said Rosauro’s trainer, Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu founder and CEO Master Benigno “Ekin” Caniga.

The 31-year-old Rosauro hasn’t fought in the MMA since losing to Sunoto in 2018. He, however, has been honing his ground game by competing in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments.

Despite his much improved ground game, Caniga wants his ward to fight with his strength.

“He’s (Legowo) a grappler but we won’t play his game. Our game plan is to beat him in striking,” said Caniga.

The 39-year-old Legowo is a veteran in the organization. He has been fighting under the ONE Championship banner since 2014. He, however, is on a slump, losing his last four contests.

Legowo is coming off a first round stoppage defeat to Phoe Thaw last March 8, 2019.

Rosauro is listed at 4-3, while Legowo is 8-8.

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