BARON Geisler said a planned mixed martial arts fight against indie actor Kiko Mitos has rekindled his interest in a sport he considers his first love and inspired him to change for the better.
A brawl between the two actors in a Quezon City bar last week set the stage for an exhibition MMA match under the auspices of the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) on June 25 at The Valkryie Grounds at The Fort.
Negotiations are now in their final stage, yet Geisler, a taekwondo blackbelter, said he already plans to quit smoking and is willing to agree to pre-fight terms set by URCC head Alvin Aguilar to make peace with Mitos and abstain from alcohol in the days leading to the fight.
“Na-e-excite ulit ako na mag-training nang husto. Parang na-revive kasi yung interest ko sa mixed martial arts because of this,” bared the brother of many-time Southeast Games gold medalist Donald Geisler.
“I am now excited to again train and recall all of the things I learned especially sa taekwondo,” he added.
Geisler met with Aguilar at the Mariott Hotel in Pasay City last Friday, but he bared that there are still minor details that are being ironed out before contracts for the fight are signed.
“Hindi pa, nag-uusap pa kami. Pero willing ako na makipagbati kay Kiko before the fight,” he said.
Aguilar bared that they will not hesitate to cancel the fight if they find out that Geisler had any alcoholic drink in the days before the event. He also required both fighters to smoke the peace pipe prior to the fight.
“Yun ang isa sa usapan, we will not push through with the fight if we find out Baron drinks a few days before it,” said Aguilar of the fight card which is the co-headliner of the Chris Hoffman-Arvin Chang bout.
Geisler said he has no problem with the pre-conditions.
“Kaya (kong) walang inom and cut down on smoking pero like I said, I thinking about qutting smoking na. It’s for myself din, I am getting older,” said Geisler.
“I plan to quit smoking na rin. I long wanted to do that pero since magte-training ako, mas mapapabilis yung plano ko,” he said. “I want to quit smoking not because of the coming fight, but because I wanted to take care of myself na rin, then hopefully, all else will follow. It’s for myself na rin eh.”
Weeks before the planned fight, Geisler got a backing from no less than Tsohmlee Go, a former SEA Games gold medalist and two-time Olympian who had fought the controversial actor during his early years in taekwondo.
“Nakalaban ko sya (Geisler) nung sa national championships. Grade school pa kami nun, nahirapan ako sa kanya, he is really a good fighter,” said Go of the younger Geisler.
“Mabilis kumilos and iniiwasan ko sa kanya dati yung turning (kick) nya kasi mabilis and may timing,” recalled the now retired national athlete. “Kung nag-tuloy tuloy sya mag training, baka nag Olympic din yun parang si Donnie. Nag stop na kasi sya para mag artista."
And since taekwondo is more about using the legs to attack, Go was asked if Geisler packs a punch.
“May suntok rin siya, kaso kasi sa taekwondo sa chest lang allowed sumuntok,” he said. “Pero yung suntok naman at hand skills, instinct 'yan. I am sure, dadaanan rin ni Baron sa training yan.”
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