Caption: Elliswadi Buang (L) during a training session with Wolfpack Training Ground instructor Adib Suliman.
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI’S Wolfpack Training Ground will be sending their fighter to the Borneo Amateur Challenge (BAC) K1 and MMA Championship in Labuan today.
The club, which was founded only in February will be represented in their very first competition by Elliswadi Buang in the 70kg K1 bout slated to be held at the Borneo Combat Gym, Labuan Times Square.
Ellis has been preparing well for the past months under Adib Sulaiman, a Busiido Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt and Wolfpack Training Ground instructor.
"Everything has been well for Ellis, we have been working a lot on boxing," said Adib in an interview with BruSports News.
"We emphasised a lot on punches and we also helped Ellis with the right diet and he managed to cut his weight down from 76 to 70 kg for this fight.
"I believe in Ellis, he is an experienced fighter so I am expecting him to win this one," he added.
The 26 year-old Ellis said that he is ready for the fight and can’t wait for the day to get the job done.
"I am ready… I just want to fight and get it over and win," said Ellis who recently just finished his studies at the Laksamana College.
"Ideally I want to get a knockout… but a win is a win… I’ll try my best,” he concluded.
More than 60 athletes across 19 teams from Labuan, Kota Kinabalu, Miri and Keningau are expected to take part in this challenge which is sanctioned by the International Sports Karate Association (ISKA).
Among the participating teams are ADN MMA, Black Mamba Gym, Borneo Combat Gym, Borneon Tiger Mix Martial Arts, Hi-Tune Fitness Brunei, Keningau Mix Martial Arts (KMMA), Kinabalu Kings, Naga Kinabalu, Project Mayhem Brunei, Persatuan Silat Kombat Labuan (PASKOL), PSB Wellness Brunei, Revolution Gym, Sabah Top Team, Tomoi Labuan, Team Karabaw KK, Team Karabaw Keningau, Victoria Rugby Club, Warmonger and 018 Brunei.
This triannual challenge has been listed in Tourism Malaysia calendar with the aims to attract viewers and martial arts enthusiast across Malaysia and to make Labuan as one of the potential hubs for combat sports event hosting.