Reigning URCC Pinweight Champion Roy Docyogen moved up to 125 lbs to take on outstanding boxer Rodel Orais at URCC Baguio IV, sponsored by Colt 45, and pulled off a submission win which takes his professional record to 10-0.
Docyogen has struggled to find opponents at times and has only fought twice in the last two years but is already being talked about in the same breath as his Team Lakay team mates Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon.
He had a tough challenger in Rodel Orais who had an MMA record of 2-0 and is a veteran of 31 pro boxing matches who once went the distance with Ray 'Boom Boom' Bautista. Although Docyogen had more mixed martial arts experience he was moving up in weight to take on an opponent with real knock out power.
Docyogen looked to be at a significant height advantage but was very light on his feet and didn't seem afraid to get involved in stand up exchanges, landing a solid head kick against the former boxer. When the opportunity to take the fight to the floor finally arose he seized on it in style, spinning Orais through the air and dumping him on his back with a spectacular throw.
After a couple of unsuccessful rear naked choke attempts by Docyogen the fighters returned to their feet but he was once again able to secure the takedown and move swiftly into mount. He began to get off with some ground and pound but just when it seemed the end might be in sight Orais was able to reverse the position.
Docyogen showed exactly the sort of skill set which had enabled him to defeat all nine previous opponents by getting a grip of Orais' left arm and working patiently to secure a Kimura choke, forcing his opponent to tap.
It was a landmark victory because it was the tenth of Docyogen's career and it will also open a few eyes internationally because it proved that he is capable of competing at 125 lbs, even if it means taking on much taller opponents.
Speaking after the fight he said he was looking to fight outside of the Philippines for the first time and to start taking on international opponents
"My plan was to slug it out with him and eventually take him down and I was able to execute it well Although he had very strong punches, I didn't feel that I was in danger at all because I was able to counter his punches, Given the chance I would like to compete abroad to be able to test myself against other fighters outside the country."
Earlier in the evening Ricardo Sapno defended his URCC Featherweight Title and improved his record to 5-1. Sapno won the strap courtesy of a TKO win over Red Romero last September after the previous champion, Eric Kelly, was stripped of the belt because he had not defended for over a year.
The interim title was only on offer that night but at URCC Baguio IV him and Arnold Agapito were fighting for the real thing. After some early exchanges Sapno went for a standing guillotine which he was unable to finish with but both fighters ended up on the ground.
Sapno worked for a few submissions bur Agapito was able to find his way back to his feet, only to get taken down with a suplex. From there the reigning interim champion took his back, sank in the hooks and flattened him out before finishing the fight with a rear naked choke.
With this win Sapno became the fully fledged URCC Featherweight Champion. Despite not having fought in the Philippines since November 2010 the previous incumbent, Eric Kelly, is still undefeated and perhaps there will be some sort of a unification match in the future.
Earlier in the evening 6"4' American Will Chope won his third consecutive fight in the Philippines when he defeated Red Romero via submission due to strikes. The American had an eight inch height advantage and came charging out right from the opening bell, as he tends to do.
Romero looked to weather the storm and landed a few leg kicks but struggled to cope with the onslaught and Chope was able to secure the mount and then pepper him with punches until he had no choice but to tap.
It had been a good week for Team Buffet as Chope's friend and team mate Mark Striegl avenged his recent loss to Ev Ting by submitting the New Zealander in the opening round of their fight at Legend FC 7. The 7-0 Filipino featherweight is reportedly looking for a new challenge and rumour has it he might be returning to the URCC who he also fought for last February.
Roy Docyogen defeated Kid Orais by submission
Christian Virtudazo defeated Christian Gazmin via referee stoppage
Ricardo Sapno defeated Arnold Agapito vs submission
Will Chope defeated Red Romero via submission (strikes)
Egly Diaz defeated Miguel Alo via submission
Keiff Mangusan defeated Roldan Cartajena via submission
Dave Galera defeats Guzman Piayas via submission
Nicolo Espadero defeated Kevin Yongaan via referee stoppage
Lito Adiwang defeated Bioyondi Diyandangan
Ric Empil vs Jerome Wanawan was cancelled because Empil couldn't make weight