Two titles were on the line at URCC 23: Unrivaled on Saturday night in Manila, and BloodyElbow.com was on deck at the SMX Convention Center to cover all the action from Filipino MMA event. Headlining the show of one of the longest running promotions in Asia is Dave Galera vs. Reydon Romero, which was for the interim bantamweight title.
Galera aggressively took the fight to Romero, and while the latter managed to get some scrambles going, for the most part, it was the Team Lakay product in Galera who was in control. He constantly took Romero down, landing vicious ground and pound until the end came at the 3rd round. The TKO win extends his unbeaten streak to 5 fights, and won him the bantamweight strap in the process.
Team Lakay is known as the best team in the Philippines, and while it already boasts champions from promotions such as PXC and ONE FC this win by Galera now adds yet another title to an already decorated fight team. To put things in perspective, the URCC now has 5 out of their 10 champs coming out of the famed MMA camp.
Also getting a huge win that night is 6-foot-4 featherweight, Will Chope, who continued his impressive streak to 11 wins. Taking on the long time contender in Andrew Benibe, the Baguio-based American made the most of his long overdue title shot.
After setting up a few chokes standing, Chope managed to take the back which set up the fight ending submission. The "World's Tallest Featherweight" improved to 6-0 in the promotion, and is now likely to get a shot at unifying the featherweight belts against Ricardo Sapno once the Davao champ returns to active training again.
Fan favorite Alvin Ramirez also competed on the card, as he moved up two divisions to take on Chinese prospect, Fei Guo Lin. In what ended up to be a razor close decision win for the Chinese fighter, Ramirez once again showed his trademark grit and entertaining fighting style against the much bigger fighter. He may not have won the nod of the judges, but it's show stealing fights like these that has made him one of the most popular fighters in the country regardless of record.
Check out the full results below:
Dave Galera def. Reydon Romero by TKO (Punches), R3 [Interim BW Title]
Will Chope def. Andre Benibe by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1 [Interim FW Title]
Vaughn Donayre def. Rex De Lara by Decision (Split)
Edmund Velasco def. Angelito Manguray by TKO (strikes), R2
Fei Guo Lin def. Alvin Ramirez by Decision (Unanimous)
MJ Abrillo def. Qing Long by Decision (Unanimous)
Melchor Cases def. Mark Somes by Decision (Unanimous)
Reynaldo Transmonte def. Suri Guga by Submission (Kimura), R2
Roy Doliguez def. Lito Adiwang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R2