URCC 22: Eduard “Landslide” Folayang AimsTo Stay Unbeaten Inside The URCC Ring

tynanes vs folayang

Two explosive and exciting MMA fighters are set to clash when undefeated Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (12-2-0) squares off against Lowen Tynanes (3-0) at URCC 22 “DEKADA” on Saturda, December 1, 2012 at the SM Arena in Manila, Philippines.

There’s no doubt that Eduard Folayang is one of the biggest MMA stars in Asia, while Lowen Tynanes is a hungry up-and-coming fighter whose slowly making his name in this awesome sport of mixed martial arts.

Both fighters are hoping to secure another victory and increase their stock on both the local and national scene.

Fighting out of one of the best MMA teams in Asia, Team Lakay,  Folayang has shown glimpses of stardom dating back to his days as a Sanshou fighter. Since turning professional in MMA in June of 207, Folayang has gone undefeated over the first five fights of his career.

Improving each and every time, Folayang displayed his best performance against Feilpe Enomoto at ONE FC 5 – Pride of a Nation. The strikes were pinpoint, the pressure was persistent, and the game plan was nearly perfect in unanimous decision win over Enomoto.

Folayang is on a tough challenge on Saturday as he takes on one of the best prospects to ever come out o Hawaii. Training out of Team Tynanes, Lowen has emerged as one of the most exciting and dangerous lightweights within the state.

Lowen has an impressive 15-0 record as an amateur, two-time National Highschool Wrestler All-American, two-time Hawaii Highschool State Wrestling Champion and he is the 808 Battleground Champion.

When Folayang and Tynanes collide at URCC “Dekada”, much will become known about both men’s talent and potential. The strategies that each fighter deploys should be telling towards their capabilities due to the challenges the other presents.

Striking and wrestling have been the bread and butter for Folayang in his previous bouts. However, Tynanes will have a slight height and reach advantage as well a dangerous submission game once the fight hits the ground.

URCC 22 “Dekada” will also feature a featherweight bout between undefeated MMA featherweight fighter Eric “The Natural” Kelly (8-0) and Bradd Terrey.

Two more Filipino fighters will try to get the W against their foreign foes as URCC middleweight champion Froilan Sarenas (3-1) will go up against Rodrigo Praxedes (1-1), while Reysaldo “Onyok” Transmonte (2-2) faces Hideo “Death from Tokyo” Morikawa (4-1).

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Although URCC 22 may feature bouts with more nationally recognizable names, the Super Fight pitting of Folayang versus Tynanes may be one of the most exciting match-ups. Expect an unpredictable tangle that will shake out the SM  Arena.


URCC 21 Results: Mann decisions Sarenas, Doliguez scored his second win, Chope calls out Sapno after submitting Manguray

Universal Reality Combat Championship showed once again why they are the longest and biggest MMA promotion in the Philippines.

Most of the fights at URCC 21: WARPATH ended in either a submission or TKO. The atmosphere at the SMX Convention Center was unbelievable as the crowd once again, played a big role in the very successful URCC 21.

In the main event, Nicholas Mann proved to us that size advantage can really help you get the win. The Australian born fighter looked very sharp against Sarenas, showing his speed, power and accuracy over the smaller Filipino fighter. Erwin Tagle, a close friend and trainer of Sarenas told us that his fighter was quite distracted by a foot injury he sustained during practice, “Sarenas did not pursue to take Mann down because every time Sarenas attempts for a take down, he is feeling the pain in his foot. He can’t change levels that’s why Sarenas rarely shoots in for takedown.”

In my opinion, it was an awesome fight. Kudos to both guys who agreed to take this fight and showed us a very exciting contest.

In the co-main event, Doliguez made a statement that he really deserved a title shot against the current URCC pinweight king, Roy “The Punisher” Docyogen, by beating a very versatile fighter in Alvin Ramirez.

Doliguez displayed his boxing prowess in the first minutes of the fight, throwing heavy body shots and uppercuts to the 22-year-old Ramirez. Doliguez became more dangerous when he started connecting heavy leg kicks to the much younger fighter.

There are few times where Ramirez scored some good take downs, but Doliguez backs up easily. The 27-year-old Doliguez showed that he is really working hard to improve his grappling game.

We had the chance to talk to Doliguez hours before his fight with Ramirez and he told us that he will going to throw not only heavy punches, but also more heavier and stronger kicks, “You will see me throwing a lot of heavy kicks and punces later, I’m very confident that I will win this fight, I am the more stronger and more athletic than Ramirez, after this fight, I am hoping to fight Docyogen for the title. I know I have all the tools to beat him.” added Doliguez.

I am really impressed with Doliguez’ perfomance last Saturday, he looked very sharp, dangerous and extremely huge. I think Doliguez is ready for a title shot. I mean, his fighting style against Docyogen’s is a good recipe for an insane pinweight championship contest. If that fight happens, it will surely be an unforgettable night of fast-paced, bone-breaking, heart-stopping mixed martial arts fight!

Speaking of an unforgettable fight, Will “The Kill” Chope booked his arguably most memorable win to date against the ever-dangerous Angelito “The Saint” Manguray. The Kill improved his mma record to  10-5 (wins-losses) and recorded his 5th straight win in  just 4 months.

The 22-year-old Chope came out very aggressive against the 45-year-old Manguray in the early seconds of the first round, utilizing his massive reach advantage to top Manguray.

After finishing Manguray via rear naked choke, Chope calls out the current URCC featherweight champion, Ricardo Sapno. Let’s see if URCC will give him a title shot, which I think he really deserve.

Here are the fight results of URCC 21: WARPATH

Nicholas Mann def. Froilan Sarenas via unanimous decision

Roy Doliguez def. Alvin Ramirez via unanimous decision

Jerson Estoro def. Reysaldo Transmonte via unanimous decision

Will Choe def. Angelito Manguray via 1st round submission (RNC)

Mark Striegl def. Alcer Lozada via 1st round submission (RNC)

Jonathan Sumogat def. Mark Joseph Abrillo via 1st round submission (RNC)

Miguel Alo def. Mario Sismundo via 2nd round submission (Armbar)

Rasel Inion def. Mark Dialogo via 1st round submission (Armbar)

Isaac Tuling def. Charles de Tomas via 2nd round TKO (punches)

Adam Cacay def. Fred Lim via 2nd round submission (Armbar)

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URCC 21: Froilan Sarenas is ready to slay a bigger opponent on Saturday

URCC Middleweight Champ, Froilan Sarenas - Photo by: Mr. Paolo Tabuena

Everyone is thrilled for the upcoming URCC 21: WARPATH, simply because the fight card is stacked with very exciting fights and very promising MMA prospects. In my opinion, this card is one of the best fight cards in URCC history.

The very agile Alvin Ramirez will once again prove that he is still capable to get the belt from the current pinweight champion, Rey Docyogen. But one man will try to stop Ramirez’ dream to get the pinweight belt and that is Roy Doliguez, a 31-year-old fighter from Elorde MMA who’s coming off from a very impressive first round submission (punches) win over Leo Occena in August of 2011. The winner of this fight could catapult himself into title contention.

Another exciting fight that I’m really looking forward to see is a super fight between Filipino submission ace, Froilan Sarenas and a surging Australian fighter, Nicholas Mann. Both Sarenas and Mann are title holders in the URCC; Sarenas is the middlweight champion and Mann is the light heavyweight champion.

This is a very exciting match up because both warriors are always looking for a quick finish, as all of their fights have never been past the second round. I would personally like to see who has the best cardio between the two fighters, but I guess the fight will be over quickly. Either one of them will get submitted or KTFO.

Froilan Sarenas is a seasoned grappler, winning several gold and silver medals in the regional, national and even international Gi and No Gi grappling tournaments.

We had a short chat with the current URCC middleweight champion, Froilan Sarenas and asked him his thoughts on probably the toughest fight of his career to date.

MMAOrient: What is your martial arts background?



MMAOrient: We heard that you’re a former swimmer. Why did you choose MMA over other sport?


Yeah, I used to swim when I was a kid up until college. I just wanted to learn grappling and Jiu-jitsu and it just progress from there.

MMAOrient: What and who molded you to become the person you are?


A lot of things, but mainly family, friends and martial arts.

MMAOrient:  What do you do outside of training?


Eat and sleep.

MMAOrient: You are a brown belt in BJJ under Master Fabricio Martins. Do tell us something about the acceptance of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Philippines.


I am still a purple belt. Right now, jiu-jitsu here in the Philippines is becoming popular, there are a lot of people training and competing.

MMAOrient: What is your favorite submission/strike to use in any fight?


My favorite strike will be the knees from the clinch, submission wise, it’s the choke from the back.

MMAOrient:  Do you like to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?


Of course, take them to the ground and submit them.

MMAOrient: If you weren’t a pro fighter, what do you think you will be doing for a living?


Swimming coach.

MMAOrient: What is your ultimate goal in your fighting career?


Just be the best fighter I can actually be.

MMAOrient:  We all know that all fighter have a busy schedule but for sure there are things you love outside the gym and cage. What does Froilan Sarenas do in his free time?


I like to do many things, I have a lot of hobbies. But right now, it’s mountain biking.

MMAOrient: You’re currently 3-0 and won your last fight in a very impressive fashion. Describe that for us.


In my last fight, I really wanted to make it a little exciting for the fans.

MMAOrient: What are your preparations to achieve the same result this time around at URCC 21: WARPATH against a much heavier opponent?


I did the same training I always do, I just added a couple of sessions on weight lifting.

MMAOrient: What can you tell us about your opponent Nicholas Mann?


I know that he’s big, he’s strong and he kicks and knees a lot.

MMAOrient:  What do you think will be your biggest advantage over him?


My jiu-jitsu game.

MMAOrient: Which team are you training with in preparation for this fight?


I trained with my team, Submission Sport Philippines and I did my strength and conditioning at Sky Fitness and also spent sometime at Legacy Gym Boracay.

MMAOrient: Any predictions for your up coming clash with Mann?


I will win. 

MMAOrient: Any last words for him?


Good luck.

MMAOrient: When are you going to make your One FC debut? There are speculations that you’ll be fighting in ONE FC Manila. Tell us something about it.


 I don’t know if it’s true but if they ask me, it’ll be an honor to fight in One FC.

MMAOrient:  Any people/sponsors you would like to thank?


I would like to thank Submission Sport Philippines, Atos Philippines, Legacy gym Boracay, Sky Fitness, Aloha Boardsports, Alliance Global and Toyz.

A win over a much heavier Nicholas Mann will surely catch One FC’s attention and could possibly put Sarenas into the ONE FC Manila fight card.

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