MMA fans who attended the URCC 23 Unrivaled at the full-packed SMX Convention Center in Pasay were treated to a spectacular night of fights inside the famed URCC ring.
Panoramic view of SMX Convention Center in Pasay
Panoramic view inside the SMX Convention Center. All Prime seats!
The URCC Bantamweight division of URCC crowned a new Interim Champion, as Dave "The Scarecrow" Galera defeated Red "The Filipino Bolo Punch" Romero in the third round of their main event fight.
It was a great battle between the two, as Galera had a good strategy answering the bell in the opening round like being fired straight up out of a cannon, charging straight to Romero and then went for the takedown. Romero did a great job in sweeping from his guard and this fight has become a see-saw battle, both fighters taking turns, trading vicious ground-and-pound punches and elbows in the first round. There was a confusion in the second round when Dave Galera stood up and let go of his submission hold (RNC) for the second fight in a row, as he thought the referee had stopped the fight via a tapout by his opponent. After that, referee Joey Lepiten let the fight continue, and Galera immediately jumps back on top of Romero for a ground-and-pound until Romero successfully got another sweep for his turn to throw bombs at Galera. In the third, Galera was again successful with his takedown and this time around he made sure he got the finish as he threw unanswered punches that prompted the referee to stop the fight.
Dave Galera is URCC Interim Bantamweight champion. Winner via TKO (3rd) vs. Red Romero
In the Interim Featherweight title fight, Will "The Kill" Chope did a quick work on his opponent Andrew Benibe as he didn't waste too much time to get the clinch and easily got his opponent's back. Andrew Benibe had no answer to Chope's grappling skills and add to that, his 6'4" frame which all proved to be too much for Andrew Benibe to overcome. Benibe tapped out and in the process awarding the win to Will Chope via Rear naked choke in the first round to become the new Interim Featherweight champion of the URCC.
Will Chope is the new URCC Interim Featherweight Champion. Winner via RNC (1st) vs.Andrew Benibe
Will "The Kill" Chope celebrates after defeating Andrew Benibe at URCC 23
The URCC fans at SMX Convention also witnessed an action packed Bantamweight battle between Fei Guo Lin against Alvin Ramirez. Both fighters traded punches and head kicks from the very begnning. Fei Guo Lin the bigger fighter from China tried to apply pressure early on with his striking, sending Ramirez' back to the ropes but the gritty Yaw-yan Buhawi fighter answered back with his own striking arsenal launching a variety of strikes such as spinning back fists and spinning kicks even with his back against the ropes. It was a close fight in my opinion, with the Chinese also landing clean blows despite not being able to take full advantage of his size against the smaller Ramirez. The fight went the distance and ended up with a decision win in favor of the URCC debutant Fei Guo Lin.
Crowd favorite Alvin Ramirez lost via decision to Fei Guo Lin but won a lot of fans for his performance
Un-Official results for URCC 23 Unrivaled (April 27, 2013 at SMX Convention Center):Interim Bantamweight ChampionshipDave Galera def. Red Romero via TKO Round 3Interim Featherweight ChampionshipWill Chope def. Andrew Benibe via RNC Round 1
Vaughn Donayre def. Rex De Lara via Split Decision Round 3Edmund Velasco def. Angelito Manguray via TKO Round 2
Fei Guo Lin def. Alvin Ramirez via UD Round 3MJ Abrillo def. Qin Long via UD Round 3Melchor Cases def. Mark Somes via UD Round 3Onyok Transmonte def. Suri Guga via Kimura Round 2Roy Doliguez def. Lito Adiwang via RNC Round 2*Note: For the first time, URCC Implemented a new format at URCC 23 Unrivaled. Regular matches were heled at 3 rounds of five minute each, and 5 rounds of five minutes each for the Championship fights. *Official: "Froilan Sarenas vs Arvin Chan match was cancelled. Both fighters weighed in over the limit. Froilan opted to fight. Arvin decided not to"
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