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Angelito Manguray sends a right straight crashing through Honorio's jaw in their URCC 19: Collision fight.

In what is turning out to be one of the most awaited matches on the URCC 21: Warpath fight card, Will “The Kill” Chope and Angelito “The Saint” Manguray have spat out words that have brought it to the forefront of the mma masses that will flock to the SMX Center on April 28th. Manguray came out with a video saying that Chope has been disrespectful and will “let his fists do the talking” come fight time. Reports have come out that Chope may have called his older adversary an “old carabao” that got Manguray’s camp incensed.

Let’s allow the fighters to clear things up shall we?

I have always found Angelito Manguray as a level-headed man with wisodom and perspective on his side. Seeing him on a leaked video stating that he feels disrespected and will just give his answer in the ring was surreal. As much as it was refreshing to see someone actually do that, it was very suprising to see Angelito being the one to be on one especially since his moniker “The Saint” is very much deserved.

“I really didn’t feel disrespected” said Manguray when we were able to chat for a while. “Some of his friends called me an old carabao in FB. Well, you know the saying, everything becomes better with age. So I wasn’t offended. But one thing’s for sure, he called me out.” As for Will Chope, he doesn’t think anything he did was remotely disrespectful. He’s a guy who just wants to fight. And he doesn’t want easy fights, he wants to be in wars and I think he got what he prayed for in “The Saint”. “Angelito almost took Honorio 20 minutes inside the ring. He’s tough. I know I’ve got to be strong on my toes and quick with my hands. My ground base is solid. Conditioning will surely be the key in this fight. When asked about the video where Manguray appeared and said he was disrespectful, Chope had this to say, “The video was good, surely created some good hype for our fight. He seems to be a quiet guy. The reason I want to fight Angelito is because of his match from Martial Combat. If I’m disrespectful if I call someone out, then so be it. I just want to get into tough fights and keep improving.”

“When he called me out, I really took it as a compliment. Will Chope didn’t disrespect me. He was asking for tough opponents and specifically mentioned my name. It felt good more than anything, to be recognized as one of the toughest in the URCC.” Hearing these words, you might get to thinking that maybe their fight won’t be an explosive one after all. There’s too much respect and calm from both fighters, especially from Manguray. But then, he had this to say in closing, “As a professional MMA fighter, things shouldn’t be hyped up to make me throw punches. I just switch on my fighter mode and start hating my opponent when the all the smoke clears and we’re in the ring. After the fight, I’ll just switch it back to friendly mode and start trusting people again. That’s how I work”.

Enough said right?

Watch them fight in URCC 21: Warpath on April 28, 2012.

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