Drex Zamboanga and John Adajar Triumphant At URCC CF BETS 3

Newly crowned URCC Bantamweight Champion Drex Zamboanga is surely living it up right now!
The third excellent night of Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) at Casino Filipino Battle Extreme Tournament of Stars (CF BETS) featured a bout between the two “T-Rex” in the promotion Drex “The T-Rex” Zamboanga and Rex “T-Rex” De Lara as the main event on September 15 at Casino Filipino Pavilion, Manila Bay.
The young and hungry stalwart of Tough Guys International came out on top! The matchup went to be a chess match both on stand up and the ground during the first round. But Zamboanga has momentum going in his favor come second round as he was able to secure big takedowns, gaining top control. Punches were delivered and a heavy elbow inflicted a damage on the former champion’s nose deemed serious enough to stop the match giving Drex a TKO victory.
The busiest fighter of Hitman MMA John Adajar indeed showcased his much improving ways to Lee Min Hyeok. Last night was Adajar’s third fight for 2017. “The Outlaw is now riding a three fight win streak.
Adajar and Hyeok were exchanging by closing the distance and controlling the actions with their wrestling, leading to wild series of scrambles as two fished for submissions. Adajar came out to maintain the positions in round one. Hyeok was turning his opponent’s right leg to red with lowkicks, driving him into the fence. John Adajar’s big weapon for me last night was his knees which landed several times to the body and chin of Hyeok. His spinning back fist was pretty amazing, too. On the third round, some fast left and right combinations thrown by these welterweights making the crowd go wild and loud. Adajar made the korean’s URCC debut unsuccessful by pulling off the split decision victory.
A minute of the first round was all it took for Arvin Chan to have his opponent verbally tap out. “Asintado” had his six fight losing streak snapped in a big way.  Paulo Mendralla got taken down but never back up.
Pepito Masangkay Jr. unleashed his fury on Oyo Cruz near the end of the third round. He was constantly looking for the finish all two rounds, but Cruz’ toughness and defense made it not so easy for “Du30”. Masangkay landed a hard shot that put Cruz on the canvas, giving him a TKO victory inside round three.
Michael Fangki mix hard punches and dominant control on the ground after a hard takedown. Arjay Bongala’s left eye has some swelling over it after the first round. The fighter from Baguio rocked his opponent multiple times on the feet and managed to get down on the mat. Bongala worked his way back to his feet, but not for long. Fangki outpointed Bongala in a competetive bantamweight fight.
Yours truly was amazed and was not expecting that Ariel Oliveros will finish the fight against Eddie Estrada quickly. “The Lady Boxer” took the perfect opportunity to ground and hit Estrada’s face with hammer fists. He made a statement with this first round TKO win in his URCC debut. Same with Jhunnie Kimmayong.
After a dominant first round, he survived  a leglock attempt by EF Sevilla before the bell rang.  He came back with another dominant round in the 3rd to win the fight by way of unanimous decision. He displayed superior grappling and conditioning in this battle.
Here are the URCC CF BETS results:
Main Event
Bantamweight: Rex De Lara def. Drex Zamboanga by TKO in round 2
Co-main Event
Welterweight: John Adajar def. Lee Min Hyeok by split decision
Featherweight: Moon Seung Gyu def. Roel Rio by TKO in round 1
Welterweight: Arvin Chan def. Paulo Mandrela by verbal submission in round 1
Bantamweight: Pepito Masangkay Jr def. Oyo Cruz by TKO in round 3
Bantamweight: Michael Fangki def. Arjay Bongala via unanimous decision
Flyweight:  Lucky Mateo def. Chris Aplicador by unanimous decision
Strawweight: Ariel Oliveros def. Eddie Estrada via TKO in round 1
Strawweight: Jhunie Kimmayong def. EF Sevilla by unanimous decision

Pro-am and Student MMA Combatants will be in Action at FORZA UNDERGROUND

Forza and founder Gonzalo A. Roque IV is bringing the most exciting, unique and foamy sporting event in the world of combat sports today, FORZA UNDERGROUND! Witness students from different schools clash head to head and participating Pro-am fighters to provide awesome spectacle. This explosive night of fights is sponsored by San Miguel Oktoberfest, Toby’s Sports and Vantage International which will take place at Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig on October 20, 7pm onwards.

John Adajar and Burn Soriano at the Brawlers Cup last November 
On September 9, the first ever Open Workout in Philippine MMA history was conducted at Fitness Armory Timog, Quezon City. More than fifty fighters both student and Pro-am participated to showcase their striking, grappling, strength and speed inside the cage. For striking, mitts were used to test the athlete, and for their grappling and ground game the athlete’s were tasked to take down the trainer, and used a life size body punching bag to test their ground and pound. There were only twenty six fighters selected to throwdown at the October 20 fight night by judges Burn Soriano “the 15sec spinning backfist KO man” (ONE Championship bantamweight stalwart) and John Adajar (Universal Reality Combat Championship welterweight contender). Two Hitman MMA standouts.
The roster was announced yesterday on Forza Facebook page.

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Forza is instrumental in promoting and advocating Mixed Martial Arts. This is an actual working model to encourage young fighters to train and get an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Aside from the competition, two of the best rock acts in the country Kjwan and Mayonnaise will also take the center stage.

You can enjoy these and more with your VIP ticket (Php750.00 free beer plus a free FORZA UNDERGROUND t-shirt) and Patron ticket (Php350.00 free beer), and will be available in few days at the Official FORZA Facebook page, Vantage International and selected Toby’s Sports outlet. So stay tuned!

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Adajar, De Lara, Zamboanga and Chan! CF BETS Line Up And Bout Order Is Set

URCC Battle Extreme Tournament of Superstars III:

De Lara vs Zamboanga 

We are all excited for yet another excellent night of Universal Reality Combat Championship at Casino Filipino Battle Extreme Tournament of Stars and in this, the 3rd series of CF BETS, cast includes former champion Rex De Lara who looks to kick off once gain for the top against contender Drex Zamboanga for the bantamweight title.
Who will come out on top, the veteran and talented former URCC bantamweight champion of MUMMA/Deftac/Fight Factory or the young and hungry stalwart of Tough Guys International? Find out on September 15 at Casino Filipino Pavillon, Manila.
Drex Zamboanga is currently riding a 3 fight win streak. On his most recent fight, it was a first round submission win over Sem Bicaldo at URCC 28: Vindication in November of last year. All 3 of his victories come by way of submission and 2 knockouts.
Rex De Lara comes into this bout riding a 3 fight win streak also. He last fought at PXC 53 where he scored a unanimous decision win over Darwin Sagurit in April 2016. De Lara returns to URCC cage to grab the bantamweight strap back.
John Adajar was seen last April battling it out with Dunlee Stewart at the 2nd CF BETS. The “Outlaw” is back, but this time Adajar is up against Lee Min Hyeok.
This is going to be Adajar’s third fight for 2017. “The Outlaw” is the busiest fighter of of Hitman MMA. He made Jet Hermida verbally taps out at URCC XXX just last month. His ground game was on point! In every of his fight, he do improve. Adajar will continue to showcase his improving ways to Lee Min Hyeok from South Korea. Teammates Oyo Cruz and Chris Aplicador will step into the cage as well to grace the big night of fights.
Lee Min Hyeok will look to pick up his second straight win as a pro when he makes his URCC debut on Friday.
Arvin Chan seeks to pull this one out and secure a victory. He is coming off a loss and insatiably hungry to get in the win column. Azkhar Mozharov choked him in the first round of the very first CF BETS nine months ago. Chan and Joseph Alulod are squared to match up on Friday for a welterweight bout.
The weigh in will take place at Casino Filipino Pavillon which is also the fight venue on September 14 day before the fight night. The coverage will start at 10:00 AM and will also include the fighters’ last interview along with weigh ins.
Are we going to see another heated face off between these fighters? Find out!

Here’s the official fight card:

Main Event
Bantamweight: Rex De Lara vs. Drex Zamboanga

Co-main Event
Welterweight: John Adajar vs. Lee Min Hyeok

Featherweight: Moon Seung Gyu vs. Roel Rio
Welterweight: Joseph Alulod vs. Arvin Chan
Bantamweight: Oyo Cruz vs. Pepito Masangkay Jr
Bantamweight: Michael Fangki vs. Arjay Bongala
Flyweight: Chris Aplicador vs. Lucky Mateo
Strawweight: Ariel Oliveros vs. Eddie Estrada
Strawweight: EF Sevilla vs. Jhunie Kimmayong

Spend your weekend with URCC at Casino Filipino Battle Extreme Tournament of Stars III! Tickets are still available through Casino Filipino branches and PAGCOR Entertainment Dept.

Hofmann, Baduria, Lee, Biagtan and Easterling: Victorious at URCC XXX

URCC XXX did not disappoint! The night and its trip to the Big Dome, Araneta Coliseum on August 12 was great as expected! Talk about being on the edge of my seat!
The stacked event was headlined by Caloy Baduria and Mark Palomar. Both fighters looked dominant all the while the matchup was standing. Fierce rivals were exchanging blows. Soon the elusiveness and flurry of punches were having affect and Palomar was sent down to the canvas. Baduria came close to submitting Palomar with a rear-naked choke and the fight was over.
Robert Sothmann suffered a first round TKO loss to Chris Hofmann in a fight that crowned the two-division Champion for the third time with the URCC middleweight title. The man is making record like it’s nothing! Hofmann’s punches in bunches on Sothmann down the floor made referee Eusebio stopped the fight and it resulted in fireworks.
I will say it again, Chris Hofmann has amazing confidence. And he pours his heart and soul into every fight making him 100% prepared and always completely ready for battle. His great work ethic and attitude will take him places.
Who else thinks that Baduria’s win now solidify his spot again as the no. 1 contender for the light heavyweight championship? Are we going to see the Hofmann-Baduria part 2 as well? We will see.
The strawweight championship is a No Mercy battle between two elite talents that need to shine. We witnessed incredible chins from this matchup. Fritz Biagtan landed mean strikes peppered with elbows and knees on Solomon Dultra. So he remained the ruler of his division. He took shots and superman punches from Dultra but refused to get outworked. What an insane start to the under card! The Fight of the Night for me!
And Do Gyeom Lee did it again! “The Undead” stopped Jeorey Orao in the opening round to successfully defend his featherweight belt for the second time. The Korean’s back was on point, reversed and escaped the choke from behind. The tansition was awesome from side control to a beautiful ground and pound and rare-naked choke to win the match via submission!
Kiko Matos and Billy Sanchez faced off in a fight that hopefully end their war of words. Kiko Matos appeared to be ready for anything that came tonight. He looked good with that round one submission win.
John Adajar and Jet Hermida have shown a desire to take the fight to the ground. There were many submission attempts but “The Outlaw couldn’t quite finish. He eventually made his opponent verbally tap out before the third round.
Second time’s a charm for Team Estroso after triumphing over Team Gatmaitan to win the three-on-three matches. All six of the competitors nearly set off a brawl inside the cage.
What would a marquee names up and down the card be without a few upsets?
The short-lived excited MMA fans thought the fight will last until three rounds. It’s unfortunate that former bantamweight champion Andrew Benibe got caught. He dropped after getting submitted by Mark Striegl via well executed Kimura in quick fashion.
Derrick Easterling and Jiar Castillo squared off in a standup and ground battle that pits two of the promotion’s best flyweights against one another. The flyweight champion spoiled Castillo’s hopes of bigger crowning achievement to his career in the second round. Easterling’s walk out music was an absolute gold already! He walked the stage and proudly representing with the Philippine flag waving.
Results:
Main Card
Chris Hofmann def. Robert Sothmann, TKO (referee stoppage), Rd 1
Derrick Easterling def. Jiar Castillo, TKO (referee stoppage), Rd 2
Do Gyeom Lee def. Jeorey Orao, submission (RNC), Rd 1
Fritz Biagtan def. Solomon Dultra, TKO (referee stoppage), Rd 3
Mark Striegl def. Andrew Benibe, submission (Kimura), Rd 1
3 vs. 3
Sugar Ray Estroso, Iyoy Espinosa, Patrick Dos Santos (Team Estroso) def. Mark Gatmaitan, Brian Paule, Jovit Laxamana (Team Gatmaitan), Rd 1
Undercard
Caloy Baduria def. Mark Palomar, submission (RNC), Rd 1
John Adajar def. Jet Hermida, submission (verbal tap out), Rd 2
Ernesto Montilla Jr., def Nilo Vidal, submission (RNC), Rd 2
Kiko Matos def. Billy Jack Sanchez, submission (RNC), Rd 1

Preview: Chris Hofmann vs. John Adajar for the URCC Middleweight Championship

URCC 28: Vindication will feature four title bouts. Four warriors will cement and defend their place as the Champions of their divisions.

Featherweight title holder Do Gyeom Lee will go in war with Ryan Dela Cruz as the maint event. CJ ‘The Golden Boy’ De Tomas vs. Alvin ‘Kastigo’ Ramirez is the co-headliners of the night. The two will compete in a flyweight championship bout. Geli Bulaong will be fighting China’s Yan Xiao Nan in women’s flyweight in hopes for obtaining the first URCC female championship crown.

John Adajar and Chris Hofmann stepping up on a less than 30 days short notice. They will face off against each other for the vacant middleweight gold. One of the rising contenders will try to stop a champion who is riding the hottest streak of his career. This well rounded fighter will look to shock the crowd and become the middleweight champion. This will be no easy task when he takes on a light heavyweight champion. The heavy hand striker has finished four of his last opponents by TKO or knockout. Don’t blink fight fans because this is going to be action packed.

URCC Light Heavyweight Champion, Chris Hofmann looks to push his winning streak to five. He is back in training. The champ is getting ready for his upcoming title fight later this year. All four of Hofmann’s last fights inside the URCC cage were victorious. The newly-crowned champ, Hofmann is coming off back-to-back TKO wins as he recently won a huge TKO victory over the URCC veteran, Arvin “Asintado” Chan last  June 25 at URCC: Fight Night 1: Baron Geisler vs. Kiko Matos and also a TKO victory against the very tough, Caloy “Bad Boy” Baduria of Elorde MMA last April 23 at URCC 27: Rebellion for the vacant light heavyweight title. We will see whether or not the huge momentum he picked up with these fights continue on November. Hofmann is always seen training with fellow URCC fighter, Alvin Solinap, Jericho Tomagan and former URCC flyweight champ, Richard “The Dancing Devil” Lasprilla at the B.A.M.F MMA Center.

John “The Outlaw” Adajar is a promising up and comer on the URCC’s Welterweight Division, The Outlaw successfully made his URCC debut last June 25 against his long-time rival, Jericho Tomagan. The Outlaw has been a top contender ever since his days as an amateur, he was the reigning Welterweight fighter at the top Amateur MMA Circuit, Academy Fighting Championship that is headed by the URCC matchmaker, Ronald Catunao. After the fight, Adajar stated this “I just shut Tomagan’s mouth for 1min and 27 secs of the very 1st round”. He also stated in an online interview that this fight is just a warm-up for his title fight in the near future.

Outside the cage, The Outlaw of The Fitness Armory/Hitman Training Camp does part-time modelling and will not make you think that he is indeed a pro-athlete. Don’t let his good looks fool you though, ’cause this guy can whoop ass and look good. Inside or outside the cage. PLUS, he’s also the International Director of Sales of Century Properties. But, will he continue his winning ways or will Hofmann spoil it and hold a title in two different weight classes at the same time? Find out on URCC 28: Vindication, November 6 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Resorts World, Manila.