URCC 24 “Uprising” is set to go down on 30 November 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines. Eric Kelly returns, along with the Featherweight and Heavyweight title contentions.
“Uprising’s” main feature is a Superfight between Filipino MMA icon Eric “The Natural” Kelly and Xi’An Sports’ Jianbo Lu. This is going to be Kelly’s first fight back in the URCC since tapping Phuket Top Team’s Brad Terrey in the third round via armbar last December of 2012 at the URCC’s ten year anniversary event, “Dekada”. Kelly is training in Baguio City, Philippines for this fight and is said to be very pumped to get back in the ring and showcase his exciting MMA game.
Kelly is coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of fellow Filipino fighter Honorio “The Rock” Banario last February for the Inaugural One FC Featherweight Championship. He was outclassed and outworked by the much-prepared Banario. After the fight, Kelly admitted he wasn’t one hundred percent on that night. Confessed Kelly, “I fought Honorio with an eye injury I sustained in the fight with Terrey. I took the fight because it was for the title and I ignored the fact that my health was at risk the moment I signed the contract. I’ve learned a lot from that fight against Banario.” Kelly continued, “I will never fight again if I’m still hurt.”
Kelly is now coming off a nine month layoff to recuperate. He will have his hands full when he faces one of China’s rising prospects, Lu. Lu is a product of China’s Xi’An Sports University, the home of some of the toughest fighters in mainland China, like Jumabieke Tuerxun, Wang Guan, Meixuan Zhang, and Yuchun Yang. He is a national kickboxing champion who can put anybody to sleep with a single blow and has well-tested cardio. Lu is also a BJJ blue belt who trains very hard on his wrestling for the improvement of his overall MMA game. A win over Kelly would definitely make his career a more interesting one.
URCC 24 also features a Featherweight Championship scrap between the current champion Rolando “El Matador” Sapno and Reydon “Red” Romero. This match is expected to be a barnburner as both fighters always look to finish their opponents and are equally talented both on their feet and on the ground. This is a rematch from when Sapno emerged victorious by stopping Romero in the second round by punches at URCC Black Tie Brawl in 2011. We can expect fireworks in this fight. Sapno won’t give up his belt easily and Romero is hungrier than ever to be the URCC champion. Will Romero settle the score with Sapno?
And yet another title fight is set to happen when monstrous fighters collide in the URCC ring as Marcus Valda of Deftac tries to dethrone the Heavyweight Champ from FIST Gym, Igor “Sugar Free” Subora. Valda makes his first fight since 2009 repping Deftac, the most accomplished BJJ gym in the Philippines, and the two-time SEA Games wrestling gold medalist is known for his grappling prowess. Once he is on top of you, there are only two options: tap or sleep.
But his grappling will be tested once again as he takes on a massive fighter in Subora. The 6’3, 250 pounds Subora is on a tear, winning four fights all in the opening round since his loss to Pete Brooks way back in 2009. He is no doubt coming to this fight a much bigger and stronger fighter. Subora’s got nuclear bombs on both of his fists and has tremendously improved his ground game since he got the belt. This is a classic Striker versus Grappler match up.
Two hard-hitting flyweight fighters looks to get closer to the title picture as Submission Sport’s Roy Doliguez battles Team Torogi’s Franklin Donglay. Doliguez is a veteran URCC fighter who has tremendous boxing and submission skills. He has a 3-1 record including his unanimous decision win against long time URCC flyweight contender Alvin Ramirez and owns stoppage wins over Leo Occena and one of Baguio’s rising prospects Lito Adiwang.
Donglay is an accomplished Muay Thai practitioner who has been very successful in local Thai boxing competitions. He hails from one of the rising MMA teams in the country, Team Torogi. He owns two first round finishes over two up and coming Team Lakay prospects, John Cris Corton and Delfin Nawen. This is going to be an all out slug fest as two fighters will try to look for the early finish and put themselves in a title picture.
URCC 24 “Uprising”
November 30, 2014
SMX Convention Center
Igor Subora (4-1) (Sprawl) versus Marcus Valda (1-0) (DEFTAC)
Ricardo Sapno (6-1) (BeeFit) versus Reydon Romero (6-4) (DEFTAC)
Eric Kelly (9-1) (MuayFit) versus Lu JianBo (13-2) (Xi’An Sports)
Adrian Hillana (1-1) (Submission Sports) versus Ali Khatibi (1-0) (DEFTAC)
Roy Doliguez (3-1) (Elorde MMA) versus Franklin Donglay (2-1) (Team Torogi)
Lito Adiwang (3-1) (Tribal Sumbission) versus MJ Abrillo (2-3) (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Andrew Benibe (4-4) Maic’s Gym) versus Onyok Transmonte (4-2) (Muay Thai Makati)
*Meshaal Al Khuzeen (Baylon MMA) versus Jaime Vargas (Fist Gym)
** Melchor Cases out due to medical issues.
Lino Tagacay (5-4) (Philippine Army Team) versus Jay Oldo (Team Torogi)
Rocky Vergara (Legion MMA) versus Ric Myler Empil (Fight CORPS)