Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera becomes new URCC Interim Bantamweight Champ
Will “The Kill” Chope is the new URCC Interim Featherweight Champ
MMA fans who attended the URCC 23 Unrivaled at the full-packed SMX Convention Center in Pasay were treated to a spectacular night of fights inside the famed URCC ring.
The URCC Bantamweight division of URCC crowned a new Interim Champion, as Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera defeated Red “The Filipino Bolo Punch” Romero in the third round of their main event fight.
It was a great battle between the two, as Galera had a good strategy answering the bell in the opening round like being fired straight up out of a cannon, charging straight to Romero and then went for the takedown. Romero did a great job in sweeping from his guard and this fight has become a see-saw battle, both fighters taking turns, trading vicious ground-and-pound punches and elbows in the first round. There was a confusion in the second round when Dave Galera stood up and let go of his submission hold (RNC) for the second fight in a row, as he thought the referee had stopped the fight via a tapout by his opponent. After that, referee Joey Lepiten let the fight continue, and Galera immediately jumps back on top of Romero for a ground-and-pound until Romero successfully got another sweep for his turn to throw bombs at Galera. In the third, Galera was again successful with his takedown and this time around he made sure he got the finish as he threw unanswered punches that prompted the referee to stop the fight.
In the Interim Featherweight title fight, Will “The Kill” Chope did a quick work on his opponent Andrew Benibe as he didn’t waste too much time to get the clinch and easily got his opponent’s back. Andrew Benibe had no answer to Chope’s grappling skills and add to that, his 6’4″ frame which all proved to be too much for Andrew Benibe to overcome. Benibe tapped out and in the process awarding the win to Will Chope via Rear naked choke in the first round to become the new Interim Featherweight champion of the URCC.
The URCC fans at SMX Convention also witnessed an action packed Bantamweight battle between Fei Guo Lin against Alvin Ramirez. Both fighters traded punches and head kicks from the very beginning. Fei Guo Lin the bigger fighter from China tried to apply pressure early on with his striking, sending Ramirez’ back to the ropes, but the gritty Yaw-yan Buhawi fighter answered back with his own striking arsenal launching a variety of strikes such as spinning back fists and spinning kicks even with his back against the ropes. It was a close fight in my opinion, with the Chinese also landing clean blows despite not being able to take full advantage of his size against the smaller Ramirez. The fight went the distance and ended up with a decision win in favor of the URCC debutant Fei Guo Lin.
Dave Galera def. Red Romero via TKO Round 3
Will Chope def. Andrew Benibe via RNC Round 1Vaughn Donayre def. Rex De Lara via Split Decision Round 3
Edmund Velasco def. Angelito Manguray via TKO Round 2
Fei Guo Lin def. Alvin Ramirez via UD Round 3
MJ Abrillo def. Qin Long via UD Round 3
Melchor Cases def. Mark Somes via UD Round 3
Onyok Transmonte def. Suri Guga via Kimura Round 2
Roy Doliguez def. Lito Adiwang via RNC Round 2*Note: Noticed the rounds in URCC 23 Unrivaled were held as 3-five minute rounds. Previous events in URCC held 2-ten minute rounds with a 5-minute 3rd round extension if fight cannot be decided after two rounds.
*Official: “Froilan Sarenas vs Arvin Chan match cancelled. Both fighters weighed in over the limit. Froilan opted to fight. Arvin decided not to”
Feature Story. SevBJr a.k.a. Zilvidu, chief photographer for mmaorient.net was at URCC 23 Unrivaled Ringside for photo coverage at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines on April 27, 2013.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RitratoZilviduTwitter: https://twitter.com/Sev_BJr