The Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) is the longest running promotion in South East Asia and the most popular in the Philippines and it is almost a decade since it was first founded by Alvin and Bubbles Aguilar. Next week sees it returning to Manila for the first time in almost six months for what will be the 42nd URCC card.
URCC 21 is taking place at the 12,000 capacity SMX Convention Centre at the Mall of Asia in Manila and will be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Froilan Sarenas and Nicholas Mann. Both men are champions with Sarenas holding the middleweight strap while Mann is the reigning light heavyweight title holder but it is the 3-0 Filipino who is moving up in weight for this fight.
The rest of the card consists mainly of up and coming homegrown fighters who will be competing to follow in the footsteps of Eduard Folayang and become the next fighter from the Philippines to break out onto the international scene and obtain superstar status.
There aren't too many opportunities for 119 lbs fighters outside of the Philippines but the URCC's pinweight division is extremely competitive. The division is currently dominated by 10-0 Rey Docyogen but two of the main contenders to his crown will do battle when Alvin Ramirez takes on Roy Doliguez.
Doliguez is 1-0 in MMA but is best known as a boxer who once fought for the WBO Super Flyweight Title with 12 of his 19 wins coming by way of KO. Ramirez, who has already been beaten by Docyogen twice, is a Yaw Yan (Filipino kickboxing) practitioner who will be looking to improve on his 4-4 record with a second successive win.
In a battle of bantamweights Jerson Estoro will be looking to bounce back from his loss to Will Chope in what promises to be a stand up war against fellow Muay Thai expert Reysaldo Transmonte who will be making his comeback after 18 months out of action.
After some issues with the scales Chope is moving up in weight to take on former URCC Lightweight Champion Angelito Manguray. The 44 year old dentist has not fought for a year but has only ever been beaten by Honorio Banario and will have the support of the Filipino crowd as he looks to snap his opponent's four fight winning streak.
Chope's friend and training partner Mark Striegl is the latest addition to the card and will replace the injured Andrew Benibe, who suffered a cut during his pre fight preparations. The Filipino will fighting for the URCC for the second time and will be putting his outstanding 9-0 record on the line against Alcer Lozada whose only career loss was to URCC Lightweight Champion Honorio Banario.
Every single top Filipino mixed martial artist fighting today emerged from the URCC and it is a tried and tested route for talented fighters such as Eduard Folayang, Eric Kelly and Kevin Belingon to make it into major league organizations such as ONE FC with UFC matchmakers also known to be keeping a keen eye on proceedings.
After ten years and 41 events the organization is still going strong and URCC 21 will give fans the opportunity to get a glimpse at some of the new talent which matchmaker Willy Carlos has unearthed as well as to see some Filipino fighters already on the verge of the breakthrough such as Sarenas and Striegl.
Colt 45 URCC 21: Warpath will be broadcast on Solar Sports in the Philippines. For more information visit: www.urccmma.com
Colt 45 URCC 21 'Warpath'
SMX Convention Centre, Manila
April 28th, 2012
Froilan Sarenas Vs. Nicholas Mann (Super fight)
Alvin Ramirez Vs. Roy Doliguez (Super fight)
Jerson Estoro Vs. Reysaldo Transmonte (Bantamweight fight)
Will Chope Vs. Angelito Manguray (Lightweight fight)
Alcer Lozasa Vs.Mark Striegl (Featherweight fight)
Jonathan Sumogat Vs. Mark Joseph Abrillo (Flyweight fight)
Mario Sismundo Vs. Michael Dan Rubio (Featherweight fight)
Mark Dialogo Vs. Fred Lim (Pinweight fight)
Charles de Tomas Vs. Isaac Tuling (Bantamweight fight)
Dennis Salazar Vs. Adam Cacay (Bantamweight fight)