TWO interim title bouts highlight the first major offering of the Universal Reality Combat Championships this year as it stages the Colt 45-URCC 23 card dubbed as 'Unrivaled' on April 27 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Clashing for the interim URCC bantamweight title are fast-rising Dave Galera of Lakay MMA and Red Romero, with the winner earning the right to face Jessie Rafols in the next URCC card.
Rafols was supposed to defend his title against Romero in a rematch of their exciting “Superfight” at URCC 20 last year, but was not cleared by his doctors to fight since he’s still recuperating due to a goiter infection.
The co-main event presented by Colt 45 and sponsored by Chris Sports, Tribal Gear, Bulls and Anzahl Paints, features Will 'The Kill' Chope who stakes his 10-match streak against Andrew Benibe for the interim featherweight title.
The winner between Benibe and Chope – the tallest featherweight contenders at 6-foot-4 - challenges reigning URCC titlist Ricardo 'El Matador' Sapno in order to unify the belts.
Sapno was pencilled to meet Chope but the towering challenger pulled out due to personal matters.
Tickets for the event are now available SM Tickets (470-2222).
URCC founder and president Alvin Aguilar said spicing up the two interim title bouts are eight equally exciting supporting fights that will pit Froilan Sarenas against Arvin Chan; Roy Doliquez vs Lito Adiwang; Suri Guga vs Onyok Transmonte; Mark Somes vs Melchor Cases; Qing Long vs MJ Abrillo; Fei Guo Lin vs Alvin Ramirez; Edmund Velasco vs Angelito Manguray; and Rex Lara vs Vaughn Donayre.
For the first time, URCC, one of the dominant forces in the promotion of the sport in the Asian region, is now adopting the format of three rounds of five minutes each for regular matches, and five rounds of five minutes each for title bouts.
“We need to implement this rule so that our very own fighters can adapt to the international standard,” said Aguilar, who has partnered with a Singapore-based promotion to boost the popularity of the sport in the region.