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The History of Sabong

by Albert Gerardo

Cockfighting has been around for centuries – perhaps even millennia. It is believed to have originated in Asia, although there is no concrete evidence of this. The first recorded cockfight took place in China during the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE). However, it is possible that the sport was being played even earlier than that.

Cockfighting quickly spread from China to other parts of Asia, including India and Vietnam. The sport eventually made its way to Europe and (later) the Americas via trade routes and colonization efforts by European nations such as Spain and Portugal.

How Do Cockfights Work?

Two roosters are placed in a ring called a derbi. Before the fight begins, each bird has its claws trimmed and its spurs taped so that it cannot cause too much damage to its opponent. Each bird also wears a special gaff – a type of metal spur – on its leg so that the fight will be more evenly matched.

The fight itself usually lasts for about 15 minutes, but it can sometimes go on for much longer if neither bird seems able to gain an advantage over the other. There are typically three rounds in a cockfight, with each round lasting about five minutes apiece. During each round, the birds take turns attacking and defending themselves from their opponent’s attacks.

A referee presides over each match and keeps track of the sw418 scoring; however, there is no real scoring system in place like there is in boxing or mixed martial arts (MMA). Instead, the referee simply decides when one bird has had enough and declares the other bird the winner by knockout (KO). In some cases, however – particularly if both birds seem evenly matched – the referee may declare the match a draw instead.


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