Mark Sangiao on Jhanlo: ‘Proud to be his father and coach’

By Jun Ray Navarres

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is more than proud to see his son Jhanlo Mark Sangiao compete in the world’s largest martial arts organization

Six months after signing with ONE Championship, the 18-year-old young Sangiao is already scheduled for his debut against Paul “The Great King” Lumihi of Indonesia in ONE: Winter Warriors II.

Alongside his manongs Kevin Belingon, Danny Kingad, and fellow promotion debutant Stephen Loman, the Igorot warriors only has one aim at the end of the night – a dominating 4-0.

“The gym is bustling, the energy is intense, pressure is there but as we always say, pressure is our friend. We all can’t wait to see our athletes in action and intending to end the year on a high note,” Coach Sangiao said excitedly.

“Finally, Jhanlo and Stephen will be stepping inside ONE’s cage.”

More than the jam-packed event, Sangiao is more excited to finally see his own son enter the Circle carrying his moniker – “The Machine”.

Known in the cage as an unstoppable force, Sangiao holds a 7-2 professional record with all wins not reaching the final bell.

However, after a guillotine loss in November 2009 Sangiao decided to retire from the sport and full-time train the growing Team Lakay gym.

Now, Jhanlo looks to continue what he has started; and the older Sangiao couldn’t be more delighted.

“I don’t know how it would feel cornering for him as it will be my first time but nevertheless, I am super excited for Jhanlo’s debut,” shared Coach Mark.

“I gave him the blessings to use my moniker and I trust he knows the value of that name and knowing it will motivate him to give his best.”

Growing inside the gym, coach Sangiao did not have problems trying to convince Jhanlo in entering mix martial arts.

“We had a serious talk one day, I told him to follow his passion, to take a career he wants to do. If his heart is not MMA then be it but he said, “I want to be a Champion someday.” Here he is today starting to work on his dream and yes, as a father and a coach, I am very proud,” said Sangiao.

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