DAVE Galera got a harsh reality check on the quality of competition in the biggest stage of mixed martial arts as he bowed to Royston Wee in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night 34 on Saturday night in Singapore.
The 35-year-old pride of Baguio made history as the first homegrown Filipino in the UFC, but failed to live up to expectations in his debut as he lost a unanimous decision to a hometown bet at the Marina Bay Sands.
Thus, Galera suffered the first loss in six professional fights, while Wee, 27, impressed in his own UFC debut and remained unbeaten in three bouts.
Galera, adept in the ground game, took a dose of his own medicine as he proved inferior to a fellow submission specialist in Wee.
Galera, in the first of a six-fight contract with UFC, tried to take Wee down, but instead ended up on his back most of the time as he failed to gain any momentum.
The judges scored the bout 30-26 in Wee's favor.