THE founder and president of the country’s longest-running mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, the Universal Reality Combat Championships, expects another high-octane action as four battle-tested fighters clash for two interim titles in the Colt 45-URCC 23 on Saturday at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
“This is the first time in five years that two of the country’s top clubs will be fighting each other,” said Alvin Aguilar, referring to the main event that features Red Romero of DEFTAC and Dave Galera of Lakay Wushu MMA.
Romero, known for his solid striking, battles a submission specialist opponent in Galera for the URCC bantamweight title in the event dubbed as “Unrivaled”
The winner of the event also sponsored by Chris Sports, Tribal Gear, Bulls and Anzahl Paints will face the exciting Jessie Rafols in the next URCC card.
Although the more experienced fighter, Romero however will have his hands full against Galera, the rising Lakay Wushu fighter who’s undefeated in four fights, including a sensational first round submission win over Kieff Mangusan.
The co-main event of the 10-fight card also backed by Solar Sports, Uno Magazine, Juice.ph, Red Box and Optima will see Will “The Kill” Chope – the tallest featherweight warrior in the Asian region at 6-foot-4 – staking his 10-match winning streak against Andrew Benibe for the interim featherweight title.
The winner of bout gets to face Ricardo "El Matador" Sapno in a unification title match.
Sapno was pencilled to meet Chope but the former pulled out due to personal obligations that require his full attention.
Tickets for the event are also available at SM Tickets (470-2222).
In the supporting cards, it will be Froilan Sarenas vs 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.