So what happened…? Is a million dollar question that remains without an answer today. Titus Tugume however, is in the best position to give a lasting and hopeful solution to the query that is being asked by his fans, his faithfuls and local media.
First the fight had been glorified by the media as one that would make history in the sports field of Uganda. Second Tugume had promised his fans such a great entertainment on the fight night that had been scheduled for 26th January 2022.
So reading this article in any part of the world, signals to a reader that the fighter needs an answer to the immediate question to resolve a make-or-break situation for Tugume.
To the parties in the different categories, their emphasis through this question being asked is the crucial one-wanting Tugume and his management team to explain what happened to the fight that had been waited on so anxiously.
There’s a kind of humility to questions. Someone who doesn’t know asks someone who might – that is why the question remains directed to those in the know.
Both the fans and the media have a relative intimacy between them and the fighter, one that says, ‘We need one another.’ It’s from that kind of perspective that Tugume, not to look like a liar, answers it and rediscover such bonding with his fans.
On December 7th 2021, Brig. General Mpagi Launched Mixed Martial Arts Federation in Uganda before a rejoinder, which was a fight, the first ever in Uganda being launched later on November 30th 2021 at a function held at Fusion Auto Spa in Munyonyo.
At a function that was graced by many Army officers most especially from the Airforce, the official launch was done by Brigadier General Rebecca Mpagi who represented the CDF – Commander of the air forces as the chief guest.
On the same event, the first ever MMA fight was also launched and had been sought to be held on 26th January 2022 at the venue it was launched (Fusion Auto Spa in Munyonyo).
The first ever Mixed Martial Arts fight in Uganda would be hosted by Titus Tugume against American Daniel ‘Chitown’ Gilliham.
Titus in the presser to launch the fight told the media he had been undergoing drills under coach Ruben Saldana of Ru -Camp (GAMMA USA federation), who also happened to double as Gilliham’s – his opponent Coach.
Everyone witnessed without doubt especially where Tugume displayed an assortment of his accolades from the medals, the belts to the trophies in Silver, Bronze and Gold in many categories.
True to many, this was a special experience for all of us that a new sport had been born in the country, and that Kick boxer Tugume would be the first Ugandan to grace the cage a tool/Ring for this type of fighting. Tugume, was grateful to the sponsors and promised a good fight in January.
TAL Cottage Hotel managing director Asuman Rwenshaka started the fundraising function for the January event with a deposit of UGX 2million. Another money coming in dollar (USD 200) was also deposited by former MP Tugume. And, the Army as usual had promised to stand by their fighter.
To ensure a colorful launch, the Ghetto Kids, the ambassadors of the mixed Martial Arts federation, entertained the people with their mesmerizing dancing strokes.
Fighter Titus Tugume expressed readiness for his first Mixed Martial Arts duel with Daniel ‘Chitown’ Gilliham from the United States.
The style incorporates techniques from various combat sports including boxing, kickboxing and martial arts.
So, Tugume what happened, you went silent on the fight. The NRM Day was on Wednesday. Your fans and supporters are asking…..was it a stunt or a lie?
- Mr. Daniels N. Tatya is an affluent Sports Writer, Commentator and Editor. His over 15 years of covering almost major sporting events makes him a revered and an authority on investigative Sports journalism in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected] +256(0)758268315
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