URCC 27: URCC partners up with Resorts World, Plans for 2016 and Releases Fight Card

Universal Reality Combat Championship 27: Rebellion Press Conference took place in Passion Restaurant, Maxims Hotel. The press conference was hosted by Douglas “Elvis Presley of Japan” Masuda. During the press-conference that took place in Maxim’s Resort. President and Founder, Alvin Aguilar and Executive Vice President Operations of Resort’s World Manila, Stephen Reilly announced then signed Universal Reality Combat Championship’spartnership with Resort’s World Manila then Mr. Aguilar gave some parting words, “The sky’s the limit for the URCC”. Then, Mr. Masuda introduced the ring girls for the said card, which are Angela Chua and Athena Baetiong.
After that announcement was made, was the revelation of the complete fight card of the said event that will take place on April 23, 2016 on Marriot Grand Ballroom. Alvin Aguilar also talked about the vision of the what’s to come for the year 2016. URCC aims to make 10 more events this year, but kept details under the radar for now. Then, during the Q&A portion, Carlo “The Samurai” Laurel took no breaks from talking mad trash about his opponent, Alvin “Sindikato” Ramirez. He even peeled a picture of Ramirez infront of the crowd when asked about what was his plan when he faces Sindikato.  
On the said event, five title fights will be highlighting the card URCC 27: Rebellion. It will be for the Featherweight, Lightweight, Flyweight, Pinweight and Light Heavyweight Championship.  Headlining the card will be DEFTAC standout, Red “The Filipino Bolo Punch” Romero who will be going up against Korea’s Do Gyum Lee. This fight will be his second URCC Featherweight title defense(first successful defense was against Malaysia’s Jian Kai Chee).
Meanwhile, the Co-Main Event will be for the lightweight strap and will be fought by two warriors, namely Will Chope of Fight Corps MMA, a former UFC Fighter and Richie Redman of Legacy Gym Boracay, a former PXC Fighter.

Then, three highly anticipated match-ups will finally come intro fruition starting from one of the youngest up and coming fighter with an unblemished MMA record of 5-0, CJ “Goldbenboy” De Tomas will be fighting to take the flyweight title from flyweight kingpin, Hideo “Death From Tokyo” Morikawa, who will be defending his title for the very first time and previously defeated Goldenboy’s father, Charles De Tomas. Also, pinweight standouts Fritz “Kid Tornado” Biagtan of Biagtan MMA and Eddie Estrada of Yaw-Yan Buhawi will go all-out for the vacant pinweight title.
Lastly, URCC Veteran Caloy Baduria of Elorde MMA finally gets another shot at the light heavyweight title. But, will have to fight it out against DEFTAC’s standout, Chris Hofman.
Here is the complete URCC 27: “Rebellion” card:
Featherweight  Championship
Red Romero vs Do Gyun Lee
Lightweight Championship
Will Chope vs Richie Redman
Flyweight Championship
Hideo Morikawa vs CJ De Tomas
Light Heavyweight Championship
Chris Hoffman vs Caloy Baduria
Pinweight Championship
Eddie Estrada vs Fritz Biagtan
Bantamweight Bout
Andrew Benibe vs Drex Zamboanga
Flyweight Bout
Carlo Laurel vs Alvin Ramirez
Welterweight Bout
Jericho Tomagan vs Jet Hermida
Pinweight Bout
Solomon Dultra vs Jojo Tabang

A New Addiction Has Emerged in The Philippines

I first tried it in the 90’s, when my cousins told me they were doing it and it was the “cool” thing to do.  Like most teens I tried it because I wanted to impress my older cousins and I wanted to be “part of the group”.  I didn’t think much of it at the time, it was really no big deal. Looking back at it now, 16 years later, I realize that first session with my cousins was the start of a lifelong addiction.

Since then I would do it in spurts. Never really went out of my way to find it but when I did come across people who do it, it was that much easier for me to join in. I tried it again with some people I met in University but that didn’t last very long, maybe a couple of months.  When I started working I came across some people that were really heavy into it, these guys were seriously addicted. Although I joined some of their sessions, I didn’t allow myself to get hooked.  I had a lot of other priorities at that time and I didn’t want to lose my focus.

This year, 2015, at 36 years of age I’d have to admit that I’m a full-blown addict.   It consumes my thoughts day and night.  It affects every aspect of my life now. My work my personal life, the way I deal with problems the way I interact with people.  Everything.   I find myself sneaking out at night, sometimes 6 days a week to join a session. I’d be gone for hours. 

It’s sounds bad, I know, but jiu-jitsu has really made a positive impact in my life.  I always encourage my friends and family to try this art.  People from all walks of life practice Jiu-jitsu.  I haven’t met anyone that’s regretted putting on that BJJ Gi! 

An estimated 2,000 people attended the event over the course of two days.  The organizers awarded a bronze, sliver and gold medal winner for each division.  Not all participants received a medal however as the great Rickson Gracie once said, “Sometimes you don’t have to win. You cannot win. But that has nothing to do with losing.”

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene in the Philippines is definitely thriving.  Don’t be the only one left standing, find the nearest gym near you and sign up to Slap, Bump & Roll!

This past weekend at Commercenter in Alabang it became apparent that I’m not alone in my addiction.  Filipino men and women across the country attended ArteSuave Manila to test their skills against other BJJ practitioners.  Those that didn’t compete came to watch  and support their teammates. 

It was amazing to see the diversity of BJJ practitioners that attended the event.  They had competitors as young as 19 and some almost in their 40’s.  Participants that are professional MMA fighters in the local MMA scene and even some UFC fighters.   I saw engineers, students , lawyers and business men all giving 110% to taste BJJ glory. 

Underrated yet could be the most effective

 Underrated yet could be the most effective

There so many different types of martial arts around the world but do you know which one is really the most effective in real life situation?
If your main goal is to learn some practical and effective combat techniques then Arnis- The Filipino martial Art is perfect for you.
Arnis- The Filipino martial arts, is the national sports and martial art of the Philippines, and not boxing just in case you did not know.
Unlike boxing and other popular combat sports, Arnis –FMA is not a mainstream sport however it does not mean that this martial art is less exciting and most of all less effective.
This fast and brutal art form is underrated yet could be the most effective. In fact Filipino Martial Arts are part of the combat program being used by elite military force of U.S and Russia.
Grand Master Rodillo ” Rodel” B. Dagooc
According to “Grand Master” Rodillo ” Rodel” B. Dagooc  Arnis –FMA, this art form is not limited to using Sticks contrary to the initial impression of most of the people. 
 The Grand Master made it really clear that this art form is very practical art as he said “ Arnis-FMA is not limited to sticks and blades because they also have some empty hand techniques”
If you are not convinced? I suggest read about how native Filipinos fought the invaders many many years back, using this martial art.