REY Docyogen tries to make the most out of possibly his last foray in mixed martial arts as he takes on Josh Alvarez in ONE FC: Rise of Heroes on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 32-year-old Baguio pride, who weighed in at exactly 56 kilos (123.2 pounds) to make the flyweight limit on the eve of his bout, is contemplating about retiring from the world’s fastest-growing sport to focus on being an architect.
An architecture graduate at the University of Cordilleras, Docyogen passed the board exam last January.
“So, hindi ko alam, baka huli na ‘to o meron pa,” he revealed to Spin.ph after the weigh-in.
“Na sa kanya ‘yun. Decision niya,” Lakay coach Mark Sangiao said. “Sa akin naman, kung saan siya mag-su-succeed, ‘dun tayo.”
But first things first: he has to focus on the task at hand, which is to beat his taller Guamanian foe.
“Kayang-kaya,” beamed the 5-foot-3 Docyogen, who’s an inch shorter than Alvarez. “Napag-aralan na natin (ang style niya).”
The explosive striker, one of five Filipinos seeing action in the fourth edition of ONE FC in the country, is coming off only the second loss in 12 fights back in May when he bowed to Yasuhiro Urushitani in a close split decision in ONE FC: Rise to Power.
Docyogen spent the long layoff reviewing for the board exam, which paid dividends.
Now, he’s trying to make a statement in possibly his last fight—in front of the Filipino home crowd no less.
“Ganun na nga.”