Top Asian MMA outfit URCC breaks in its 'cage' in bid to spread its wings
Nilo Vidal and Alex Yabes in action as they sample the new URCC cage at the Republiq inside the Newport Mall in Pasay City on Thursday night. Karlo Sacamos

THE Universal Reality Combat Championship has bared an ambitious quest to reach greater heights and has made the initial steps on Thursday night.

The longest-running mixed martial arts promotion in Asia has finally adapted to using a cage for its fights. The URCC has also revealed a plan to show its bouts on free TV and go on an Asian tour.

“We have to make sure we showcase Filipino talent better. The seeds have now been planted,” URCC founder Alvin Aguilar said on Thursday night in a re-launch of the brand at Republiq inside Newport Mall in Pasay.

The re-launch also saw the unveiling of the URCC cage, which was tested by six fighters who saw action on the same night.

“We want to prepare our fighters for international fights,” Aguilar explained. “Everybody in the international stage fights in the cage. I don’t want our fighters to have to adjust to the cage.”

“What I’m trying to do is bring the URCC to a global perspective,” he added. “This is step one here.”

The fighters who sampled the cage appeared to transition seamlessly from using the traditional ring.

Nilo Vidal defeated Alex Yabes via submission with a rear naked choke in the first round in a flyweight bout. In a another fight between flyweights, Solomon Vultra also forced his opponent, Jay-R Bermoy to tap out with a triangle choke in the first round as well, while MJ Abrillo outclassed John Vergara via referee stoppage in the second round in the pinweight division.

The three-fight card was considered a preview to URCC’s 25th edition, titled 'Domination' tentatively set in September.

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