There will be no rematch between actors Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos.
This was confirmed by Baron himself when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked if his upcoming Universal Reality Combat Championship fight with indie actor and amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Kiko Matos will push through.
According to Baron, “It’s not going to happen.”
It will be recalled that the actor barged into the URCC's June 19 press conference at the Winford Hotel and Casino and challenged Kiko Matos to a rematch, in the wake of their 2016 cage fight resulted in a draw.
FOCUS ON THEATER PROJECT. Baron explained why their second fight won't push through anymore.
He added, “I decided na I’d rather concentrate on theatre and discipline [myself] sa industriya.
“Puwede ko naman isabay while I’m doing my theatre work.
“I can concentrate on my physical fitness.
“And I’m already 35. Kiko is 28. I think mas llamado siya kaysa sa akin.
PEP spoke to Baron during the first day of the Venice Film Festival in Manila held at the Grand Canal Mall in McKinley, Taguig.
The festival, which runs from July 26 to July 31, features eight Italian movies, and three Filipino films one of which is the Baron Geisler-starrer Jay, directed by the late Francis Xavier Pasion.
Baron was present at the event along with Mike Pasion, the brother of the late director, to show support for their film.
Francis Pasion’s Jay was included in the Orizzonti category of the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
PHYSICAL PREPARATIONS. When asked why Baron decided to forego the fight and chose to focus on theater instead, the 2008 Cinemalaya Best Actor revealed, “Ang teatro tuturuan ka ng disiplina sa lahat ng bagay, sa lahat ng aspeto.
“Rehab ko na yun sa pagiging actor.
“Kasi for a time masyado ako naging kampante.
“Not knowing, na-realize ko, 'Oh my god! Kinalawang na ako and medyo tumatanda na ako... '
“Sana di tanggalin sa akin ni God. I need to take care of my talent, that’s the reason why I auditioned.”
Baron will be part of the musical play titled Aurelio Sidisyoso, A Rock Sarswela.
Directed by Chris Millado, the play is based on the life of Filipino playwright and dramatist Aurelio Tolentino who was arrested for tearing the American flag during the American colonization of the Philippines.
He recalls, “Actually, nung nag-audition ako, akala ko acting play lang siya, puro talkies.
“Nagulat na lang ako it’s a musical play with dancing, singing, acting. ”
How is Baron preparing for his new theater project?
“We are practicing the entire month of August. It’s very tiring so I have to cut down on cigarettes.
“Singing as well is hard," he admits humbly.
After his theater work, will he return to doing movies?
He says, “One day at a time.
“Let’s see where this ship takes me.
“Concentrate muna on every project.
“Be in the moment. Enjoy, have fun. Love it.
“Take care of it while having that thought in the back of your head na this is a serious thing.”