By: Alfred Johannes T. Gealogo
Isaac Tuling (BeeFit Pythons Pit) makes Charles De Tomas (Yaw Yan Kampilan) quit
Beefit Python’s Isaac Tuling was a picture of frustration in the 1st round. Charles De Tomas had a great game plan that practically took away Tuling’s strikes. No offense to Tuling who eventually won, but he looked like a wrestling dummy in the 1st. Aside from surviving a very nasty kimura that would’ve made others surely tap out, Isaac did not have any answers for Charles’ pressuring on the ropes and takedowns. When not going for a far side armbar or kimura from sidemount, Charles employed some excellent ground and pound that opened up a cut on Tuling’s forehead. When Round 1 ended, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Tuling would quit. Round 2 was much the same as the 1st with Charles getting the fight on the ground and dominating from the top position. He only needed 31 seconds to win a decision when things were reversed. Charles shot for a takedown and Tuling was able to sprawl and throw punches to his opponents head. Charles tried to continue his takedown but when his arms only grabbed air, he had to tap out due to either exhaustion or Tuling’s hard punches.
Cenojas MMA’s Jonathan Sumogat just might be the next big thing from Mindanao. He basically went into the fight with a gameplan and executed it beautifully. Mj Abrillo of Yaw-Yan Kamplian wasn’t able to throw anything as he was immediately taken down and dominated by the “Spartan” Sumogat who used very good ground skills to control his opponent from the top and dish out damage. Abrillo tried to defend but Sumogat’s accurate strikes was just too much and this forced him to give up his back prompting Sumogat to land a rear naked choke that ended the fight at the 6:32 mark of the fight.
Mark “MUGEN” Striegl (Team Buffet ) outclasses Alcer Lozada (Kamphuis-Fabricio)
Mark Striegl of Team Buffet defined dominance in his fight against Alcer Lozada as he took everything Alcer gave and then showed everyone a level of MMA not before seen in the URCC ring. Striegl was calm inside the ring and patiently stayed in the pocket as Lozada threw some head kicks. When Lozada gave the slightest opening, Striegl quickly took down Lozada where he began a Jiu-Jistu clinic. Alcer tried to escape the from the bottom but Team Buffet fighter was able to maintain his position and land some good shots. When they were again standing up, Lozada forced a clinch that proved costly. Mark patiently stayed in the clinch and threw a knee that dropped Lozada setting up a fight ending rear naked choke early in the first round.
Will “The Kill” Chope (Team Buffet) wins war against Angelito “The Saint” Manguray (BeeFit Pythons Pit)
In one of the most anticipated fights on the card, Will Chope and Angelito Manguray spent 2:53 seconds of the first round in a back and forth battle that got the crowd going. 48 year old Manguray proved that age is but a number as he took the fight to the much taller Chop who stood at 6 feet and 4 inches. Will was able to use his 10 inch reach advantage to keep Manguray at bay but the fighting doctor clearly landed much of his power punches and I saw Will get a bit wobbly at least twice. To Chope’s credit, he never let up and kept on attacking and when the fight went to the ground, the much longer Australian who has a love affair with Baguio sunk in a rear naked choke after getting Manguray’s back. At the end of the fight, Chope got the mic from URCC host Boyet Singson and declared that he will be going after Ricardo Sapno’s Featherweight belt.