The official recap and results for URCC 24 from the URCC Facebook page.
URCC 24 “Uprising”
November 30, 2014
SMX Convention Center
#10 – Featherweight Superfight
Eric Kelly (9-1) (MuayFit) versus Lu JianBo (13-2) (Xi’An Sports)
In the main event of the evening, Eric “The Natural” Kelly made his triumphant return to the URCC stage as he made quick work of China-based Jianbo Lu, submitting his Chinese foe via armbar to take the URCC Superfight title earlier at the SMX convention center.
The heavily favored Kelly quickly showed why he’s hailed as one of the best featherweights in Asia as he caught Lu’s lowkock before taking him down.
As soon as the fight hit the ground, it was all Kelly as the pride of Muayfit quickly took Lu’s arm and went for the arm bar. The stalwart out of Xi’an sports tried to fend it off but eventually gave in, tapping out just two minutes into the contest
“I always concentrate and focus on the fight and I never rush. All I know is he’s a good stand up fighter, I just came here and performed my best and fight hard,” Kelly said.
With the win, Kelly improved to 10-1, bouncing back from his loss to Honorio Banario last February. Lu fell to 1-1.
Eric Kelly defeated Lu JianBo by submission, rd 1, 2:00
#9 – Heavyweight Championship
Igor Subora (4-1) (Sprawl) versus Marcus Valda (1-0) (DEFTAC)
In the much anticipated heavyweight title bout, Igor Subora played the role of the spoiler as he finished two SEA Games Gold medalist Marcus Valda in just 27 seconds to retain the URCC Heavyweight title earlier at URCC 24 Unrivaled.
The pride of F.I.S.T gym connected on a huge left which staggered the DEFTAC heavyweight. Subora then pounced on Valda, landing elbows and punches prompting the referee to stop the fight.
It was actually Valda who started the fight well as he managed to push the champion on the ropes early by starting aggressively. However, Subora recovered well and regained his footing as he nailed a solid left jab which led to Valda’s downfall.
Subora improved to 5-1 while Valda lost his first fight, dropping to 2-1.
Igor Subora defeated Marcus Valda by KO, rd 1, :27
#8 – Featherweight Championship
Ricardo Sapno (6-1) (BeeFit) versus Reydon Romero (6-4) (DEFTAC)
Fighting the biggest fight of his career and having a shot at another URCC title Reydon “Red” Romero grabbed the opportunity and didn’t let go.
Like a rabid wolf smelling blood, Romero jumped on Ricardo “El Matador” Sapno before choking him out via a rear naked choms in the 3:32 mark in the third round to win the URCC Featherweight Title in front of a sold out crowd in the SMX convention center.
It was a total domination from the DEFTAC star as he quickly pounced on Sapno in the first round, landing brutal ground and pound as he took mount in the waning moments of the round. In the second round, controversy came out as Sapno repeatedly nailed Romero while the latter was entangled in the ropes. But Romero came back strongly as he retook control and almost ended the fight via brutal ground and pound before the bell sounded signifying the end of round two.
In the third round however, it would be an all different story as Romero made sure that no bell would save Sapno as he dominated from the get go before taking Sapno’s back and choking him out.
It was a good bounce back victory for Romero who lost the Bantamweight title to Dave Galera last April. He improved to 8-4 while Sapno dropped to 6-2.
Red Romero is your new URCC Featherweight Champion
Reydon Romero defeated Ricardo Sapno by submission, rd 2
#7 – Featherweight
Adrian Hillana (1-1) (Submission Sports) versus Ali Khatibi (1-0) (DEFTAC)
Adrian Hillana spoiled Ali Khatibi’s return to the ring as he submitted the Khatibi via rear naked choke in the first round in a hotly contested featherweight contest earlier at URCC Uprising.
Hillana got taken down early but managed to sweep Khatibi and take control in the ground. The pride of Submission Sports MMA then took Khatibi’s back and slapped on a rear naked choke which Khatibi tried to fight off before eventually tapping out before the round ended.
It was a hotly contested fight with the crowd cheering on for both men. Hillana landed an unintentional low blow while in the clinch which prompted the referee to halt the contest momentarily after a furious start to the match.
Hillana improved to 3-1 while DEFTAC’s Khatibi dropped to 1-1.
Adrian Hillana defeated Ali Khatibi by submission, rd 1
#6 – Roy Doliguez (3-1) (Elorde MMA) versus Franklin Donglay (2-1) (Team Torogi)
In what could be the best fight of the night, Roy Doliguez squeezed out a well deserve split decision victory over the tough Franklin Donglay in the pinweight barn burner at URCC 24: Uprising earlier.
The former champion boxer got the nod of two judges, 29-28 in a fight that went down to the wire.
The Submission Sports got the better of the exchanges in a tight first round which saw both fighters swinging for the fences. Showing his boxing repertoire, Doliguez was able to land the cleaner punches in what could be the round of the night.
Donglay tried to turn the tide in the second round as he secured an early takedown, but Doliguez was also relentless off his back. Donglay also floored Doliguez after an exchange of punches but failed to capitalize on it as Doliguez recovered well.
By the third, it was all Doliguez as he landed solid body shots before securing a last minute takedown to wrap up the fight.
Doliguez improved to 4-1 while Donglay lost his first fight, dropping to 2-1.
Roy Doliguez defeated Franklin Donglay by split decision
#5 – Andrew Benibe (4-4) Maic’s Gym) versus Reysaldo Onyok Transmonte (4-2) (Muay Thai Makati)
Reysaldo “Onyok” Transmonte eked out a close split decision victory over Andrew Benibe in the bantamweight match earlier at URCC 24: Uprising.
Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Transmonte while one scored it 29-28 for Benibe after three close rounds.
It was a close fight all through out the round with Transmonte connecting early while standing while Benibe tried to secure early takedowns. The biggest blow of the round came at the third when Transmonte landed a right and followed it up with a thunderous leg kick which staggered Benibe.
It was another tough loss for Benibe who lost via submission in URCC 23 against Will Chope. Transmonte improved to 5-2 while Benibe dropped to 4-5.
Reysaldo “Onyok” Transmonte defeated Andrew Benibe by split decision
#4 – Meshaal Al Khuzeen (Baylon MMA) versus Jaime Vargas (Fist Gym)
Baylon MMA’s Meshaal Al-Khuzeem remained unscathed in the URCC as he dominated Jaime Vargas enrout to a TKO victory in the third fight of URCC Uprising tonight.
Al-Khuzeem came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as he refused to touch gloves with Vargas and pushed the F.I.S.T gym stalwart into the corner early. Al-Khuzeem then secured a takedown wherein he worked on his brutal ground and pound.
Vargas, who is making his MMA debut today, looked hapless as Al-Khuzeem secured full mount, prompting referee Christian Wong to stop the contest at 3:12 seconds in the first round.
The 159 pound Al-Khuzeem improved his record to 3-0 while Vargas dropped to 0-1.
Meshaal Al Khuzeen defeated Jaime Varga byTKO, rd 1, 3:12
#3 – Lino Tagacay (5-4) (Philippine Army Team) versus Jay Oldo (Team Torogi)
URCC veteran Lino Tagacay dominated from the get-go leading to a convincing unanimous decision victory over Jay Olod in their Bantamweight bout tonight at URCC 24 Uprising.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27.
“The Terminator” was relentless on his takedowns from the onset as he quickly secured a massive takedown early in the first round before working on Olod from side control. The fight went that way for the first two rounds, with Tagacay patiently working on Olod from the side and taking full mount before the round ends.
However, things got interesting in the third round when Olod staggered Tagacay with a thunderous right midway through the round. But the veteran from DEFTAC managed to recover and secure a takedown to end the fight.
Tagacay improved to 6-4 while Torogi’s Olod dropped to 1-1.
Lino Tagacay defeats Jay Oldo by Unanimous Decision
#2 – Lito Adiwang (3-1) (Tribal Sumbission) versus MJ Abrillo (2-3) (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Lito Adiwang continued his winning ways in the URCC as he submitted MJ Abrillo in the second round of their Pinweight bout in the second fight of URCC 24 Uprising.
Dubbed as the Lightning Kid, the 20 year old stalwart out of Tribal Submission managed to slap a kimura on Abrillio while on half guard. The moment Abrillo attempted a sweep, it was all over as it only tightened Adiwang’s hold which made Abrillo tap at the2:45 mark of the second round.
Adiwang improved to 5-1 and if he continues to impress, he could be n his way to a URCC title bout.
It was an action packed first round which saw both fighters exchanging strikes before Adiwang connected with the first take down. Adiwang managed to control the first few moments of the bout but Abrillo turned the tides midway as he swept Adiwang and started landed brutal elbows.
In the second round though, it was all Adiwang as he secured an early takedown, passed Abrillo’s guard and submitted the pride of Yaw Yan Kampilan.
With the loss, Abrillo dropped to 0-4.
Lito Adiwang defeated MJ Abrillo by submission, rd 2, 2:45
#1 – Rocky Vergara (Legion MMA) versus Ric Myler Empil (Fight CORPS)
Ric Myler Empil made an impressive debut in the URCC Pinweight division as he made quick work of Rocky Vergara at URCC 24: Uprising in the SMX convention center today.
Empil won via referee stoppage after Vergara verbally submitted in the 3:33 mark of the first round.
The 22 year old stud out Fight Corps MMA secured an early take down on the set before working on Vergara in the mat. The moment it hit the mat, it was all Empil as he quickly secured side control before putting Vergara into an unconventional hold, prompting Vergara to submit.
Empil improved to 1-0 while Vergara, who also made his debut tnight fell to 0-1.
Ric Myler Empil defeats Rocky Vergaraby TKO, referee stoppage, rd 1, 3:33