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GAB intervenes in Team Lakay, ex-fighters’ impasse

GAB intervenes in Team Lakay, ex-fighters’ impasse

It was an emotional yet cordial reunion for Team Lakay and some of its former members after the Games and Amusement Board’s intervention recently with both camps agreeing to part ways amicably.

The intervention, led by GAB Chairperson Atty. Richard Clarin and Contact Sports Division Chief Jackie Lou Cacho, culminated in a cordial agreement between the two parties, ensuring a harmonious split and paving the way for future successes on both sides. Atty. Clarin and Cacho facilitated the crucial talks, underscoring the importance of unity and professionalism in Philippine MMA.

The agreement ensures that both Team Lakay and some of its former fighters can focus on their training and upcoming competitions without the shadow of discord. This resolution not only preserves the integrity of Philippine MMA but also sets a positive example for conflict resolution in sports.

“Given the close – knit nature of our professional sports industry, maintaining positive relationships is paramount,” said Clarin in GAB’s official Facebook page.

Coach Mark Sangiao meanwhile welcomed the settlement while setting the record straight that he is always open to talking to his former fighters.

“We could have talked to each other before their departure for us to settle our differences. But we welcome the GAB intervention as I was able to clear my name specially on several issues that they have hurled against me,” added Sangiao.

The multi – awarded coach added he is also seeking GAB’s help to prevent both camps from hurling any negative remarks against each other particularly in the media.

Sangiao added part of the agreement is the signing of a release contract for both camps that will be drafted by Clarin himself. But even with the departure, Team Lakay continues to flourish as it paraded new stars in the likes of Carlo Von Bumina-ang, Carlos Alvarez, Jhanlo Sangiao, Adonis Sevilleno and Jean Claude Saclag while also harnessing up-and-coming new names in the field.

Team Lakay also launched in March the ‘Future Champion Kids Training’ program, one of the project of Cong. Eric Go Yap who acts as team manager and coach Sangiao, has attracting aspiring kids age 9 to 12 – years – old eager to embrace the world of mixed martial arts.

With an emphasis on MMA, boxing, and an array of martial arts skills, these youngsters have committed themselves to a daily rigorous training regimen for free, aiming to become the future champions of the sport. Team Lakay has also strengthened recently its partnership with GAB towards fostering collaboration between the MMA community and regulatory authorities, aiming to create a safer and more conducive environment for fighters to thrive.


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