A LOADED card featuring four title bouts and the first-ever 3-on-3 fight in Asia is set in the 28th edition of the Universal Reality Combat Championship on Sunday at the Marriott Grand Ballroom
CJ de Tomas, the youngest champion in Asia at 20, defends his flyweight title against fan-favorite Alvin Ramirez in URCC: Vindication where featherweight champion Do Gyeom Lee of South Korea dangles his belt to challenger Ryan de la Cruz of Hawaii.
Chris Hoffman, the reigning light heavyweight champion, seeks a second title in another division as he takes on John Adajar in the middleweight class
The inaugural women’s flyweight title bout between Geli Bulaong and Qi Hui Yan completes the title bouts in the 10-fight card offered by the longest-running MMA outfit in Southeast Asia.
The card is so packed that former featherweight champion Red Romero is fighting earlier in the main card, locking horns against Miguel Mosquera.
“It’s as stacked as it ever can be,” URCC president Alvin Aguilar told SPIN.ph . “We got all our championship bouts, our inaugural women’s title, and the first-ever three-on-three fight. History’s going to be made again.”
The URCC boss was referring to the breakthrough 3-on-3 exhibition set to take place after the main card, pitting the team of captain Sugar Ray Estroso, Mark Palmor, and Patrick dos Santos, against the side of skipper Arvin Chan, Iyoy Espinosa, and John Rey Larena.
Before the rise of MMA, Aguilar had hosted underground multi-fighter bouts that would stretch as many as 16 fighters going up against each other.
“But since the cage can’t take eight (fighters), we decided three would be a good number and on top of that, it gives opportunities for more fighters,” Aguilar said.
“There are a lot of fighters who want to fight, but they don’t want to fight be themselves,” he added. “Imagine you get into the cage with your buddies. What can be better than that?”