The Universal Reality Combat Championship was founded almost 9 years ago, and has been one of the biggest and longest running promotions in Asia. They have hosted around 40 cards, and with this November event being their their 20th major show, the Philippines' top MMA promotion promised this milestone of sorts to be extra special.
URCC officials have exclusively confirmed to BloodyElbow.com a portion of that monumental card, and it pretty much guarantees that it will be their biggest card ever. On November 5, they will announce the first inductee to the URCC Hall-of-Fame, and they will also have at several titles on the line on a stacked card.
As of this writing, 5 title bouts have been officially signed and delivered, with at least one additional championship bout planned for the event.
Headlining the card would be a super-fight between two of the best bantamweights in the region. Undefeated URCC Champion, Kevin Belingon (9-0), who is widely considered to be one of the best bantamweights in the continent, is in for a stiff test. He will be taking on Jessie Rafols (6-1), who has been tearing up the Philippine circuit recently, winning his last bout with a savage beating of Hideo Morikawa that won him the the URCC Interim Bantamweight Championship.
Aside from being two of the best bantamweights in the region, this fight has a bit of a back story as well, with Rafols having already faced two of Belingon's Lakay Wushu teammates. He split both occasions, suffering his only career loss on his MMA debut to a dominant champion in Roy Docyogen (9-0), and choking out a fast rising prospect in Erwin Focad as part of his current 6-fight winning streak. It should be a very entertaining fight, and it's definitely a suitable headliner for the biggest URCC card in history.
Another high-profile match up on the card is Lakay Wushu's youngest champion, Honorio Banario (5-0), defending his URCC lightweight crown against his toughest opponent yet, Martial Combat champ, and recently signed MFC fighter, Sabah Fadai (6-1).
URCC Middleweight (179 lbs.) champion and excellent jiujitsu fighter, Froilan Sarenas (2-0) is set to defend his title against AJ Aguon (3-1) from Guam, who is more known in the region for taking Filipino star Eduard Folayang to a decision back in 2009.
Other title fights include a light heavyweight (189 lbs.) title bout between Australia's Nicholas Mann and Chris Luna of DEFTAC, who made a huge statement on his URCC debut. Massive Ukrainian Igor Subora (3-1) will take on Hybrid Yaw Yan's Ryan Palinawan for the recently vacated heavyweight title.
All of those bouts above have been finalized, but at least one more title bout is in the works. The vacant cruiserweight championship is set to be on the line, and it is likely to be undefeated Pete Brooks (3-0), taking on a yet to be named contender.
As mentioned, only a portion of the November 5 fight card has been finalized, but it already looks like URCC 20 will indeed be their biggest yet. This is definitely an event that people in the region shouldn't miss.
Stay tuned to BloodyElbow.com for more updates as we continue give you the best coverage from the Asian MMA scene. Check out the current URCC XX fight card after the jump.
[UPDATE - Sept 26]: URCC Matchmaker, Willy Carlos exclusively confirms that Pete Brooks' opponent has been finalized. He will take on Panchito 'Sugar Ray' Estrada for the vacant Cruiserweight title (199 lbs.).
November 5, 2011
World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines
- Kevin Belingon vs. Jessie Rafols - [Super-Fight Title]
- Honorio Banario vs. Sabah Fadai - [Lightweight Title]
- Froilan Sarenas vs. AJ Aguon - [Middeweight Title]
- Nicholas Mann vs. Chris Luna - [Light Heavyweight Title]
- Igor Subora vs. Ryan Palinawan - [Heavyweight Title]
- Pete Brooks vs. Panchito Estrada - [Cruiserweight Title]