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URCC to invade China

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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BUOYED by the success of its inaugural international  mixed martial arts event in San Francisco, California last January, the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC)  is set to conquer new grounds beginning next month.

Next stop: Beijing, China.

URCC president Alvin Aguilar said eight of URCC’s world-class fighters will represent the country in the URCC XXX: Bakbakan na in China” at the  Beijing Sport University Stadium in Beijing, China on July 8.
    
Team Philippines will be headed by two-division URCC middleweight and light heavyweight champion Chris Hofmann of DEFTAC and URCC women’s world flyweight champion Geli Bulaong of Subsports Philippines.
    
They will be joined by  former lightweight contender Isaiah ‘The Messiah’ Ordiz of Boss MMA, rising star bantamweight Rodian ‘The Redeemer’ Menchavez of Catalan Fighting System,  Rex ‘Knockout King’ de Lara of Mumma Fight Factory,  knockout artist  Jojo ‘El Matador’ Orao of Elorde Tandang Sora,  new prospect  Paolo Castillo  of Abao Combat Club and  newly-signed bantamweight champion Ralf Francisco.
    
“This is our chance to shine and there’s no stopping the URCC and its  world-class fighters in showing the world what we can do,” said Aguilar, also the president of the Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP).
    
Aguilar said  no less than President Duterte has approved the URCC XXX in China  through the  China-Philippines Martial Arts Development Association and the Cross Straights Sports Development Bureau.
    
“After 15 years in the fight business, the future shines even brighter now as URCC and the China-Philippines Martial Arts Development Association  (CPMAADA) is now supported by President Duterte and officially endorsed by  the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Martial Arts Council.
    
“The establishment of CPMAADA can now fulfill its mission and vision which  is to give athletes and martial artists the exposure they  need in training and competition to become better and more  well-rounded athletes.”
    
Aguilar also said the China event will be  a fitting follow-up to URCC 29: Conquest held at  the Kezar Pavillion in San Francisco, California last Jan. 7.
    
The URCC 29L Conquest marked the beginning of its expansion worldwide, making the URCC the  first Asian MMA promotion to expand operations in the USA.
    
“Now, we will go to Beijing to prove how good the Filipino fighters are against  China’s best fighters,”  added Aguilar.
    
Aguilar also announced:
    
-- The renewal of partnership between the URCC and  San Miguel Corp. thru Red Horse brand.
    
-- The entry of Araneta Coliseum as the  official venue of all URCC events.
    
-- The possibility of a rematch between of last year’s controversial fight between actor Baron Geisler and model Kiko Matos, which ended in a draw.
    
-- The full support of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), headed by chairman Baham Mitra, in all URCC competition.
    
--Signing of agreement with  former San Juan  Vice Mayor Francis Zamora in  launching grassroots program for mixed martial arts,  jiu-jitsu and wrestling,” said Aguilar.
    
“We’re proud to announce that SMC, particularly the Red Horse brand renewed its partnership with us. The Araneta Coliseum was also finalized as the official venue partner for all URCC fight card for 2017,” said Aguilar
    
Two title fights are now in the official  MMA calendar --  URCC 31: Vendetta  in August and URCC 33 in November.
    
Mitra, on the other hand, said GAB  will  extend its  full support to URCC program  through strict implementation of rules and regulation during fight night to ensure safety and well being of the fighters.