LIKE an overseas Filipino worker, Dave Galera will make a bit of a sacrifice as he flies to Singapore on Tuesday afternoon ahead of his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on January 4.
That means he will spend New Year outside the Philippines — his first time.
But the 35-year-old pride of Baguio is not complaining as he is set to become the first homegrown Filipino in the UFC in Fight Night 34 against hometown bet Royston Wee.
“It’s a job so we have to do it,” Galera told Spin.ph on Monday night, the same day the country is commemorating the death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal.
Anyway, he’ll still be with his longtime girlfriend Mariel, a few friends, and Lakay coach Mark Sangiao to celebrate the turn of the year.
“May mga suporta naman ako sa Singapore, mga ilang kababayan ko.”
Galera admitted what Sangiao earlier said that he sacrificed a bit of his training to be with his family on Christmas break.
“That’s part of the holidays, pero hindi naman ako nag-loko this training. I’m one-hundred percent.”
Now done with his two-month preparation, Galera said he is concentrating on making the 61.2-kilo weight bantamweight limit, admitting he is still at 68 kilos.
“Alalay na ako. More on cardio na, pero perfect time, right on the spot ito,” he said. “I’ve done it before so many times. So what’s to worry about? I’m used to the system of cutting weight.”
Still, he admitted of feeling the weight of representing the country in the world’s biggest stage of mixed martial arts.
“Medyo nape-pressure ako, pero nag-training naman ako maayos so hopefully it pays out.”