Rolando Dy explains why UFC-Shanghai victory was 'a miracle'

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SHANGHAI – Just weeks after believing his UFC and MMA careers were dead in the water, Rolando Dy now has a future in the sport after earning his first octagon victory on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 122.

After opening his UFC career with back-to-back losses, Dy (9-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) said he was released from the organization. The UFC needed a short-notice replacement to fight Wuliji Buren (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, though, and he made the best of his call with a unanimous decision victory.

Dy said he’d given up on a fighting future, but when the UFC called, he couldn’t resist the opportunity, and cut nearly 30 pounds to get there.

“For me, it’s a miracle,” Dy told MMAjunkie. “I was released. Not officially, but we received an email like three weeks ago that they cut me out of the UFC. I was so depressed because I had no chance to prove myself because after the two unfortunate losses, I was cut. I was so depressed. I go out, go out with my girl, play with my dogs – just forgetting that my dream as a UFC fighter was cut short. Then two weeks before this fight, we received an email that the UFC wanted me to fight at UFC-Shanghai. I was overweight. I was so out of shape.”

Dy said he was devastated during the period he thought his career was over. He admits to taking a turn for the worse, but quickly his fortunes were turned. The opportunity only came along because of another fighter’s misfortune, but nevertheless Dy said his situation should serve as an example for others considering giving up on their life aspirations.

“Don’t give up on your dreams so fast,” Dy said. “It’s a rocky road. It’s not easy to get your dreams. If your dream is too easy, you should find another dream. God gave me a rocky a road to get my dream. I’m still there. I’m still far from the finish line, I’m not at the finish line.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Headliner still TBA, but China's UFC Fight Night 122 lineup fills out with new bouts

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The main event is now a question mark, but the fight card continues to take shape for the UFC’s debut in mainland China.

UFC Fight Night 122 which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup and bout order haven’t been finalized.

As reported on Friday, the event recently lost its planned headliner of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC). Silva was notified of a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, and he’s been pulled from the card as Gastelum awaits a replacement.

However, three fights were recently made official for the card: welterweights Bobby Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Kenan Song (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), bantamweights Bharat Khandare (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Pingyuan Liu (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and featherweights Wuliji Buren (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

Nash, a 27-year-old former Michigan State wrestler, is likely in a must-win situation after suffering knockout losses to Li Jingliang and Danny Roberts in his two UFC fights. He meets Song, a 27-year-old Chinese vet who had won six straight fights – all via stoppage – before recent back-to-back losses.

Khandare, a 28-year-old who’s the promotion’s first Indian-born fighter, makes his promotional debut after competing primarily with Super Fight League, where he went 5-0 with five stoppages. He meets Liu, a vet who’s won seven straight fights while competing throughout his home country of China.

Buren, a 27-year-old from China, puts a three-fight winning streak on the line when he makes his UFC debut opposite Dy, a 26-year-old Filipino fighter and PXC vet who’s suffered losses to Alex Caceres and Teruto Ishihara since joining the UFC.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. TBA
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Bobby Nash vs. Kenan Song
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Bharat Khandare vs. Pingyuan Liu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy
  • Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Teruto Ishihara survived not 1, not 2, but 3 (!) egregious low blows and still won at UFC-Japan

Teruto Ishihara loves the ladies, and this is a known fact. But after being kicked in the groin three times in three rounds by Rolando Dy at UFC Fight Night 117, he might not be loving them any time soon.

Here’s how egregious Dy’s low-blow fouls eventually got in this featherweight fight: In a sport that is notorious for failing to penalize people for fouls, he actually lost a point due to his repeated kicks to the groin.

That’s not easy to do in an MMA fight, and it cost Dy. After rebounding from a terrible opening round in which he was dropped by an Ishihara left and swarmed on the mat, Dy fought his way back in the second and third, but still lost a unanimous decision that would otherwise have ended up as a majority draw if not for the point deduction.

And while Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) claimed innocence on both the second and third groin kicks, referee John Sharp was not having it.

For a few seconds after the third and final kick, it almost seemed as if Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) might not be able to continue. He lay on the mat, writhing in pain, while the Japanese crowd tried to rally his spirits.

He managed to limp to the finish line, but he was clearly diminished by the illegal blows, and immediately after the fight he could be seen checking to make sure everything was still where it was supposed to be.

That’s a tough way to earn a victory, especially when you came so close to finishing it in the first, which would have avoided so many of the kind of aches and pains that can really ruin a guy’s weekend.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 117 results: Fast start from Teruto Ishihara helps to win over Rolando Dy

Teruto Ishihara started quickly, but then had to survive a fairly rough final 10 minutes – including a firecracker of a kick to the mommy-daddy parts.

Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) took a unanimous decision against Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC), aided by a point deduction for Dy in the third round after a brutal low blow following a previous warning to keep his leg strikes up. Ishihara won with scores of 28-27, 28-27, 29-27.

The low blow point deduction wound up costing Dy what would have been a majority draw instead of a decision loss.

The featherweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 117 event at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It aired on FXX following prelims on the same channel.

Ishihara landed a massive left hand to Dy’s chin and dropped him early. Ishihara quickly followed Dy to the canvas and continued to pour on the punishment, including a big elbow. A minute in, Ishihara went after a guillotine choke, but Dy got back to his feet 90 seconds in looking as if he may have recovered. Ishihara put him right back down, though, and kept after it with the ground-and-pound. Dy had to survive a very rough first round, but he made it to the second. His big concern had to be if he lost by a 10-8 margin.

Ishihara landed a body kick early in the second, but not long after Dy landed a knee too low and Ishihara got a short reprieve. On the restart, Dy landed a big head kick, but Ishihara worked through it. Ninety seconds in, Dy landed a 1-2 combination that pushed Ishihara’s head back. The two slugged it out for the final half of the round – and it was Dy who landed some of his heaviest shots, making the frame a tough one to score, but perhaps tilting the momentum in his favor heading to the third.

Dy landed two big knees early in the third and put Ishihara on the canvas. Ishihara went after a takedown to get his composure back, and the two broke apart. But a minute in, Dy landed a knee too low and Ishihara instantly dropped to the canvas. Dy argued the knee was to the stomach, and replays showed it was – but his shin glanced too low. Dy landed a left hook, then blocked a head kick. Ishihara threw a second left head kick, but had it blocked, and moments later a Dy head kick stunned Ishihara.

But the most pivotal moment came right after that. Dy threw a kick – and this time, there was no question. His right foot was striaght up into Ishihara’s groin, and after the earlier warning from the referee, Dy found himself absent a point. To go with the potential for a 10-8 loss in the first round, Dy was put in a position to finish the fight – or lose on points with certainty.

On the restart, Ishihara wisely drove in for a takedown and put Dy on the canvas. Dy got back to the canvas with 100 seconds left to work for a finish. He tried elbows to break the clinch, then whiffed with a head kick. Ishihara landed an inside kick of his own. But Dy was too conservative down the stretch and let it go to the judges, where he really gave himself no chance.

Ishihara got a much-needed win and snapped a two-fight skid. Dy lost for the second straight time, both this year in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 117 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Japan.)

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UFC Fight Night 111 results: After eye injury, Alex Caceres gets TKO win over Rolando Dy

Although Rolando Dy’s eye injury brought an end to the fight, Alex Caceres did plenty to help secure his victory.

Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) ultimately earned the win over UFC newcomer Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via TKO after the second round.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Caceres was the aggressor and clearly the more comfortable striker as the fight kicked off. He landed low kicks, lunging jabs and stiff punches to the body. A hard left landed especially crisp, and he then floored Dy with a followup punch.

As Dy returned to his feet, Caceres then hopped on his back and worked a rear-naked choke. Dy initially got back to his feet, but as the fighters entered the second round, Caceres’ attacks continued. Although there was a brief timeout to check Dy’s eye, the bout continued, and Caceres opened up and landed at will.

However, the eye injury ultimately proved the undoing of Dy, who was notified between the second and third round that the ref had halted the bout.

Fan favorite Caceres halts a two-fight skid with the victory – his first by stoppage since 2014. Dy snaps a four-fight unbeaten streak.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 111 results include:

For complete coverage UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Singapore.)

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