DAVE 'The Scarecrow' Galera and Will 'The Kill' Chope proved too classy for their rivals as they emerged interim champions in their divisions on Saturday night during the Colt 45-URCC (Universal Reality Combat Championships) 23 at the SMX Convention Center.
Fighting for the famed Lakay Wushu MMA, Galera used his quickness and smarts to earn a referee stopped contest (RSC) decision over DEFTAC's Red Romero in their bantamweight championship dubbed “Unrivaled.”
In a brutal match witnessed by a soldout crowd, Galera wisely pinned Romero to the ground before raining him with heavy blows to the head and body that prompted the referee to stop the fight at the 3:43 mark of the third round.
More than stretching his winning streak to five in the event presented by Colt 45 and sponsored by Chris Sports, Tribal Gear, Bulls and Anzahl Paints, Galera’s win was enough to convince Alvin Aguilar, URCC president, to pit him against the exciting Jessie Rafols in a unification bout.
Galera’s impressive win also solidified Lakay Wushu MMA’s status as the best MMA club in the country today.
Fighters of Lakay Wushu also owns the pinweight, flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight and welterweight crowns.
Chope, on the other hand, beat Andrew Benibe by submission in the first round of their featherweight championship as the towering 6-foot-4 fighter used his length and strength to his advantage.
Chope will next face Ricardo Sapno in a similar URCC unification bout.
Other winners for the night were Roy Dolinguez, Onyok Transmonte, Melchor Cases, MJ Abrillo, Fei Guo, Edmundo Velasco and Vaughn Donayre.