Eduard Folayang makes his URCC return this December - Photo by Anton Tabuena
URCC, the Philippines' longest running MMA promotion, will have 10 bouts for their 10th anniversary show this November. There will be 4 title fights involving some of the country's biggest stars in Eduard Folayang, Eric Kelly, Froilan Sarenas, and Jessie Rafols.
The Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) which is based in the Philippines is one of the longest running MMA promotions in Asia. On December 1, they will be heading to the country's biggest Arena to host their 10th anniversary show aptly titled as 'URCC 22: Dekada'.
As their milestone event approaches, URCC officials have informed BloodyElbow.com about the 10 fights that are currently set for the card. 4 title fights will be the card, and it will involve some of their biggest homegrown stars in Eduard Folayang, Eric Kelly, Froilan Sarenas, and Jessie Rafols holding top billing on a stacked card.
Headlining the card is URCC champion and ONE FC star, Eduard Folayang (12-2), facing a relatively unknown yet dangerous fighter in Lowens Tynanes (3-0), an undefeated fighter with an impressive amateur record and wrestling credentials. The American fighter is 11-0 in the amateur circuit, and while he has displayed good hands in his bouts, his main skill is with wrestling having been a multiple time state wrestling champion in the US.
Stylistically Lowens can provide a good test to the popular Filipino fighter as he has dominated the Asian scene but still lacks experience against legitimate wrestlers. It seems like a high risk, low reward situation for Folayang, but according to the URCC brass, they're really interested in seeing how this Wushu star performs against a style that is very common in western MMA.
Co-headlining the card is fellow URCC champ and ONE FC star in Eric Kelly (8-0), who will be facing an Australian in Brad Terrey, a Phuket Top Team product who has also been competing in Muay Thai.
Froilan Sarenas (3-1) will be defending his URCC middleweight title against a yet to be announced opponent, and for the 4th title fight on the card, Jessie Rafols (6-3) puts his bantamweight title on the line against Keiff Mangusan (3-1).
Also on the card, look out for Caloy Baduria, a three division champion during the URCC's earlier days, Super-Fight champ Reydon Romero, top pinweight prospect Jonathan Sumogat, and pro-boxer turned undefeated Mixed Martial Artist Roy Doliguez.
The event is expected to be streamed live on YouTube, and here's the full fight card so far:
URCC 22: Dekada
December 1, 2012 -- SM MOA Arena, Philippines
- Eduard Folayang vs. Lowens Tynanes [Super-Fight Title]
- Eric Kelly vs. Brad Terrey [Featherweight Championship]
- Hideo Morikawa vs. Reysaldo Transmonte
- Jessie Rafols vs. Keiff Mangusan [Bantamweight Championship]
- Froilan Sarenas vs. Rodrigo Praxedes [Middleweight Championship]
- Caloy Baduria vs. Panchito Estoro
- Reydon Romero vs. Sulpiano Laurio
- Jonathan Sumogat vs. Russel Iniong
- Roy Doliguez vs. Dennis Salazar
- Jun Jun Sinco vs. Lito Adiwang
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