RUEL Catalan scored a first-round stoppage of George Mascardo in the Casino Filipino Battle Extreme Tournament of Superstars VII at the CF Manila Bay in Manila.
Catalan, of Catalan Fighting System, scored his seventh win in eight professional outings, delivering solid strikes early to stop Dipolog Top Team’s Mascardo at the 1:18 mark of the first round.
The setback was the third in 10 matches for Mascardo.
In the co-main event, Mark Gregory Valerio of One Revolt MMA remained unbeaten in seven matches, beating Mario Sismundo of Team Boss MMA via referee-stopped contest at the 3:56 mark of the second round.
A heavy right cross from Valerio opened a deep cut on Sismundo’s left eyebrow which bled profusely, forcing the referee to halt the fight.
Metacore Elorde NAIA’s Norman Agcopra also scored a quick victory, beating Farmon Gavarov of Korean Top Team/Top Gym BF by technical knockout at the 1:29 mark of the first round.
South Korea’s Hye Sun Kim of BK Wang Ho/Top Gym BF finally chalked his first professional win, beating Anne Kristelle Sabadlab of Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts with a rear naked choke in the 59th second of the first round.
Hye’s compatriot Won Il Kwon of Kwang Gym/Extreme Combat also scored a referee-stopped contest victory against Team RLAN’s Herbert Faurillo in the first round.
In other fights, Rick Lucena (Yawyan Fervilleon Matayog/Team Kampilan) grounded and pounded Reinier Gervacio in the second round, forcing the referee to stop the match, while another referee-stopped contest was scored by Ariane Fantellanan of Catalan Fighting System over JB Baldonasa of Team Hyper MMA in the third round.
Moises Ilogon of Subsport Ph defeated Lorenzo Artillaga Yawyan Kampilan via rear naked choke in the second round.
Jervie Tiongco of Team Olongapo) won by unanimous decision over Mike Paiz of Elorde in the event organized by CF in partnership with the Universal Reality Combat Championship through Live Artists Production.
“The fights were as good as advertised, and we hope to continue drawing the fancy of mixed martial arts fans in the coming CF BETS series by lining up more exciting matches bannered by victory-hungry ring gladiators,” said Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation assistant vice president for Entertainment Bong Quintana.