It’s going to be a war among the world’s best MMA fighters, with the Filipinos battling South Koreans in a 3 versus 3 format, even as Arvin Chan and Will Chope clash for supremacy in the Universal Reality Combat Championship 81 Tuesday night at the Cove in Okada Manila Parañaque City.
Sugar Ray “Mammoth” Estroso, along with former URCC champion Caloy “The Bad Boy” Baduria and Boss Bullet Manlilic, will try to keep the Philippines’ undefeated streak in three fights in this prestigious main event card entitled Decades of Success.
But the South Koreans, composed of Jeong Minhun, Choi Wontae and Jeon Youngjun reminded the Filipinos that they did not travel to the Philippines just to lose.
“We travelled very far, so we will do whatever it takes to bring home pride as well,” Minhun said.
Estroso and the rest of the gang welcome the challenge from their South Korean counterparts, saying they are not bothered by the height disparity of their 6-foot, 5’8” and 5’7” foes.
“Anything can happen inside the cage,” the 5’6” Estroso said. “Once we hit them with punches, they will experience how tough Filipinos are. We never back down on any challenges or fights.”
“This will be a very challenging fight for the Philippines. I am also curious to see how Caloy Baduria will do in a 3 versus 3 format as this will be his first time,” said URCC founding president Alvin Aguilar Aguilar, who joined by URCC Global Chairman Arnold Vegafria during the fight’s news conference at the Cove in Okada Manila on Monday.
Veteran mixed martial artist Arvin Chua expects a difficult fight against former UFC campaigner, American Will “The Kill” Chope in their interim URCC welterweight bout in the other main event presented by Okada Manila and supported by Winzir.
“I fought a lot of fighters but I expect this to be more challenging,” Chan (9-5 win-loss card) said.
But just like the Koreans, the 32-year-old Chope (38-18) said he won’t go home empty-handed.
“I want to take the belt to my wife so you need a lot of luck my friend,” he said. “But I have to be careful because Arvin Chan has improved a lot.”
Both Chan and Chope made it to the welterweight limit at 169.6 pounds after the weigh in.
For inquiries about tickets sale, please go to www.urcc.online and download our app https://apps.wix.com/place-invites/join-lp/b4e05b90-55a0-40a8-8fac-17ccf4a2c074?ref=pre_banner_top which is available for iOS and Google.
In other MMA undercard bouts, Dunlee Stewart will face John Tirona in a 170-lb bout, followed by Gester Maglaque meeting Mariano Jones of Costa Rica in a 185-lb clash. Kimbert Alintozon faces Junie Kimayong in a 125-lb affair; while Rhyle Lugo battles Alex Aballe (145 lbs) and Eros Baluyot sees action against MJ Abrillo (125 lbs).
In the thrilling bare-knuckle actions, Damsa Abrenica meets Joseph “King Pinoy” Cabral, ondon Serrano squares off with Sherwin Niro and Denzel Dimaguila fights Mark Jalaron.
Details of the fight and future fight cards are available to download at https://apps.wix.com/place-invites/join-lp/b4e05b90-55a0-40a8-8fac-17ccf4a2c074?ref=pre_banner_top, which is available for iOS and Google.