MMA fans, hold on to your seats as the big names of Philippine MMA collide!
Colt 45 URCC XIX: Collision looks to be one solid night of brain-pounding and bone-cracking action as it will feature 10 MMA fights from some of the biggest names in our country today.
Headlining the night is the much requested and awaited rematch of YawYan Buhawi’s Alvin "Sindikato" Ramirez and the longest reigning champion from Lakay MMA, Roy "Punisher" Docyogen. These two will once again fight for the Pinweight title, which Docyogen calls his own since 2006. Ramirez lost via hard-fought decision to Docyogen in November 2009, where we saw Docyogen, for the first time, rocked and almost out of his wits. Since then, Ramirez notched two impressive wins, albeit against debuting opponents. While Docyogen fought only once and won against his first international opponent, defeating soundly Jordan Ogo of Saipan, last year. The question here is has Ramirez improved enough to knock Docyogen off his perch?
Co-headlining is a fight between South and North, as Docyogen’s teammate, Honorio "Rock" Banario, tries to steal the Lightweight title from Davao’s KO King, Angelito "Saint" Manguray. Manguray has been undefeated in the URCC and in his lone outing in Martial Combat, pummelling his opponents to oblivion. While Banario, also undefeated, tries to be the 4th Lakay fighter to be the current champion in the URCC. Will this fight end in the 1st round, as both fighters finished all of their opponents within that round?
This night will also feature the first interim match of the URCC as Bantamweight contenders Hideo "Death From Tokyo" Morikawa and Jessie "Finisher" Rafols fight for the topdog position as the current champion, Justin "Shocker" Cruz, takes a hiatus from fighting to focus on (another form of fighting) firefighting. Morikawa and Rafols has been very impressive and both undefeated (in this weight class), so it is just natural to make them fight to find out who truly is deserving of the title fight. Will Morikawa succumb to Rafols relentless attacks or will Rafols fall prey to the devastating knees of Morikawa?
Many fans feared this fighter will not be in the card after his original opponent got injured and bowed out of the fight. However, URCC knew MMA fans have been clamouring to see this champion in action. Once again, the Flyweight champion Kevin "Silencer" Belingon will fight in the ring as he is pitted in a Superfight against Davao’s wonderboy in Isaac Tuling. Belingon’s original opponent, Ryan "Lion" Diaz, had to bow out due to rib fracture and Tuling was brave enough (or crazy enough) to step in and give Belingon a good fight. Tuling, undefeated in both Davao Digmaan events, is set to upset the champion. Will Tuling have the strength and skillset to win against one of the most dominant champions of the URCC?
In the undercard, fans will be treated to a grudge match, both fighters swore will be to death (though this will not be allowed in the ring), as Bernard "Hitman" Soriano battles his former teammate and sparring partner Charles "El Tigre" De Tomas. Karl Rodriguez, the brother of former Light-Heavyweight Champion Fritz "Mandrill" Rodriguez, is debuting against former pro boxer-turned-MMA fighter Dowen "Rampage" Dela Tonga. Visayas Flyweight Champion Agustin "Demolisher" Delarmino is set to have a victorious debut in Manila against the always-game, Bruce Lee-looking Jilmar "Stone Cold" Tangayan of Davao. Andrew Benibe and Michael Dan Rubio will fight for significance in a deepening Featherweight division. Franz Altarejos and Red "Filipino Bolo Punch" Romero will look for a win after both came up short from their last fight. Deftac’s Chris Luna is starting a MMA career and will be welcomed by a grisly veteran Frank Navarro.
Big names will collide. Who will leave unscathed and with pride intact?
Find out in Colt 45 URCC XIX: Collision on April 2 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
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Match 1 (Featherweight 140-149): Bernard "Hitman" Soriano vs. Charles "El Tigre" De Tomas
Match 2 (Featherweight 140-149): Karl Rodriguez vs. Dowen "Rampage" Dela Tonga
Match 3 (Flyweight 120-129): Agustin "Demolisher" Delarmino vs. Jilmar "Stone Cold" Tangayan
Match 4 (Featherweight 140-149): Andrew Bernibe vs. Michael Dan Rubio
Match 5 (Featherweight 140-149): Franz Altarejos vs. Red "Filipino Bolo Punch" Romero
Match 6 (Light-Heavyweight 180-189): Chris Luna vs. Frank Navarro
Match 7 Superfight (Catch weight 135): Isaac Tuling vs. Kevin "Silencer" Belingon
Match 8 – Interim Bantamweight Title Match (130-139): Jessie "Finisher" Rafols vs. Hideo "Death From Tokyo" Morikawa
Match 9 – Lightweight Title Match (150-159): Honorio "The Rock" Banario vs. Angelito "The Saint" Manguray
Main Event – Pinweight Title Match (110-119): Alvin "Sindikato" Ramirez vs. Roy "Punisher" Docyogen
* Fight card subject to change.
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