On Tonight with Boy Abunda, Kiko Matos clarified some issues surrounding his bout against Baron Geisler.
Before the highly talked-about brawl that lead to their URCC match, Kiko shared that he already knew Baron. “I’ve worked with Baron before when I was under Star Magic. We were not friends; we worked [together] once. I met him once. Pero at Star Awards, I approached him one time, I asked him if he remembers me, but no, he doesn’t remember me. So I never bothered him anymore.”
On the night of their brawl, Kiko had this to say: “I claim that I made the first move. I take the full responsibility. Pero ang sa akin lang po, meroon po akong nakikitang mali noon. Hindi lang talaga kinaya ng kunsensya ko po kung ano yung nangyayari. Well he was going up on stage, and he was grabbing the mic. And it was already awkward. We were in front of the stage, me and my friends, and he was up on stage, we were saying, ‘bumaba ka na diyan. Baka kung ano pang mangyari.’ Kasi everyone was drinking already. Hindi niya po nagustuhan ‘yun and that started it.”
As to whether he admits he made a mistake, he said, “Opo mali, pero hindi naman po pwede na he can go around and parang tell people kung sinu-sino yung mga tao. He was singing—he came up on stage several times to sing, to say something and everything. First of all, it was the band’s show, not his show, di ba?”
For their match-up, both Baron and Kiko used tactics to distract each other. “The kiss was unexpected,” Kiko said. “Actually I was thinking of kissing him but he came to me first.” On spraying his opponent with urine during the press conference, “I just said that it was urine but it wasn’t urine. It was beer.”
On the night of the fight, “I couldn’t think straight, I was cold, lahat po nang inaral ko nawala – sa kaba, sa excitement and everything. All I knew was that it was already on the octagon so wala nang atrasan. It’s either you get beaten up or you beat the guy up.”
“When I was looking at Baron in the eye when he was down and I was on top I could feel pity,” Kiko admitted. “And then it just came to me, what am I trying to prove here? I know I can beat the guy, pagpapatuloy ko pa ba? Came the second round, I just played a little. Because I know I can dominate him. Na-prove ko na sa sarili ko, the point now is ayaw ko naman po kasi basagin yung opponent ko. Pareho po kaming actors and I made sure na hindi ko tinamaan yung ilong niya, yung ngipin niya and everything.”
On reflection, Kiko mused that they weren’t able to achieve anything from the fight, “I don’t regret doing it. Pero now when we think about it, wala ring na-achieve and there are more important issues than this.”
The match ended up in a draw, to which Kiko said, “I just didn’t want to lose. The draw was fine. I’m not even there para mapahiya yung other party. I’m just there to fight and panindigan yung mga sinabi ko before the fight happened.
“I said yes [to the match] because people think that mali talaga yung ginawa ko. I just wanted to prove myself na I can face Baron Geisler in a fair match. After the fight, naglapit po kami and we hugged each other. And it that moment I just felt humbled.”
The actor added, “nag-usap na rin po kami ni Baron. We talked about maybe working together soon, and being friends.”