Mixed emotions for Trench Warz 19 fighters

Some of the fighters in the undercard bouts are expressing mixed emotions as Trench Warz 19: No Turning Back nears.

Lucas Nutting aims to follow up his third-round win over Tan Taisacan in last year’s Rites of Passage 17: Road to Glory when he takes on Jones Langu in Trench Warz 19: No Turning Back on Nov. 27 at the Saipan World Resort’s Royal Taga Hall. (Lucas Nutting Facebook Page)

Lucas Nutting aims to follow up his third-round win over Tan Taisacan in last year’s Rites of Passage 17: Road to Glory when he takes on Jones Langu in Trench Warz 19: No Turning Back on Nov. 27 at the Saipan World Resort’s Royal Taga Hall. (Lucas Nutting Facebook Page)

Lucas “Irish Zombie” Nutting is confident of earning his second win, while Derrick Asao feels nervous when he showcases his skills for the first time.

A.J. “Smalls” Aldan and Derek “Hot Shot” Naog said they are reserving their energy and would rather let their fighting do the talking in the event set on Nov. 27, Friday, at the Royal Taga Hall of the Saipan World Resort.

Nutting, who will go up against Jones Langu for the second fight of his young mixed martial arts career, said he is aiming for a quick result against the RedAntsAcademy bet.

The Trench Tech Gym fighter, who prepared for three months, added that he is confident in beating Langu when they clash in the three-round bantamweight bout.

The 19-year-old Nutting even had some choice words for Langu, firing the opening salvo even before they face-off inside the cage.

“I watched Jones Langu fight a couple of times but I don’t see any potential threats. I know I’m going to pick him apart and finish the fight in under a minute,” said Nutting, who won his debut against Tan Tasacan by Guillotine choke in Trench Warz 17: Road to Glory.

Nutting, who will start his studies for business and education degrees in the spring semester at the Northern Marianas College, said that his newly born son, Logan Pierre Tenorio Nutting, is his inspiration.

“I want to show my son that when you work hard you can achieve glory. I want him to look up to me and become a good role model,” Nutting added.

Team Zalaka’s Asao, who doesn’t know who will be his opponent, has trained for two months. “I feel nervous since this is my first time to fight.”

Aldan (3-1) will have the entire Saipan World Resort cheering for him when he takes on Timothy Salas of Zalaka in the opening bout. He works at the Susupe hotel.

Naog, who has been fighting since 2013, will test how far would his one-month training go when he battles Albert “Baby Sanchai” Andrea of Guam Muay Thai in one of the four K1 bouts. “I always aim to become better in what I do so I could reach the top.”

Trench Warz 19 tickets are now available at Boarderline, Trench Tech Gym, IT&E’s Middle Road office, and Swirls on Garapan. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP seats.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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