Bicolanos Rule in 7 of Eruption’s 11 Bouts
A good way to gauge the popularity of mixed martial arts in a certain area is to hold an event. If it attracts enough athletes, sponsors, and spectators, you know it’s picking up steam.
Eruption in Ibalong came at just the right time. Fans are growing in number, public and private institutions aretaking notice, and gyms are springing from every corner.
Legazpi City isn’t exactly an MMA hotbed like Baguio, Manila, or Davao. But Eruption’s turnout is an unequivocal reminder that the scene is growing in the regional circuit. And like the unpredictable Mayon Volcano, it is ready to flare up at the slightest sign of heat.
On August 13, heat came in the form of 11 supercharged bouts pitting local talents against fighters across the country.
Local Fighters Sizzle
A blistering demo from the group representing Magdaraog Martial Arts System opened the event. Later on, guest international fighters Brandon Vera (ONE heavyweight champion), CJ De Tomas (UFC flyweight), Burn Soriano (ONE flyweight), and proud Bicolanos Ramon Gonzales (ONE flyweight and D1FC champion) and Jeremy Miado (ONE strawweight) were each called inside the cage to give inspirational talks. By the time they were done, the crowd’s anticipation had reached fever pitch.
Local bets were in no mood to disappoint as seven of them snatched victories in this event supported by the City Government of Legazpi, Congressman Joey Salceda, Boysen, Air 21, Kalibrant Marketing and Advertising, RH Inn, AOM Transport, Forza, Images by Ryan Studio, Karravva Media and Digital Marketing, McDonald’s, Izumi Wellness Center, Alamat Resto Bar, Architectonica, Lotus Blu Hotel, Embarcadero de Legazpi, Initial Arts, Mayon Skydrive ATV Adventure, 94.7 Spirit FM, Ayala Mall Legazpi, Fox 89.9, Glad Fitness Center, MNL Junkshop, Tap Secret, and Happy Hut.
Eruption’s first installment was peppered with fight-finishing blows and submissions, most notably in the main event where Jayson Margallo bludgeoned Julbirth Tubiano with a barrage of punches from the top. A first GNP finish was indeed sweet victory for the Oragon who had to change game plans after original opponent Genil Francisco pulled out because of dengue.
“Pinakagat ko muna siya sa strikes, then dinala ko sa ground,” says Margallo. “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Team R-Lan, Lion’s Den MMA, kay Sir Albert Montalban, sa mga teammates ko, kay Coach R-Lan, Coach Brian, at sa lahat ng bumubo ng Eruption.”
The co-main event was no different as Elias Duran Sapo made quick work of young Davaoeño sensation Edilberto “Scooby” Coquia, Jr. The visiting seventeen-year-old crumbled under the pressure instigated by Sapo and succumbed to a fiery GNP, also in the first round.
Jake Baylon (Guerrero MMA) def. John Mark Cabasag (Yaw-Yan Fervilleon/Black Falcon) – Corner Stoppage
Jupiter Lora (Lion’s Den MMA) def. Jelord Alvarez (Hyper MMA) – Unanimous Decision
Wilson Managuio (Hyper MMA) def. Jun Gallano (Lion’s Den MMA) – Guillotine Choke, 00:30 of Rd 1
Crispin Rabanera (Lion’s Den MMA) def. Franz Galvez (Hitman MMA) – Referee Stoppage Due to Injury – Shoulder Dislocation, Rd 1
Herbert Locre (Lion’s Den MMA) def. Jovanie Bualan (Yaw-Yan Fervilleon/Black Falcon) – RNC, 00:57 of Rd 1)
Dahner Palmario (Hitman MMA) def. Roden Galan (Kingz MMA) – RNC, 2:26 of Rd 1
Richard Ludovice (Lion’s Den MMA) def. Ric Pluma (Hitman MMA) – Unanimous Decision
Niño Mondejar (Lion’s Den MMA) def. Mark Angel Gonzales (Team Kyokushin) – Guillotine Choke, 1:40 of Rd 1
Takuto Shibata (Team Zendoukai) def. Benetton Muni (Lion’s Den MMA) – RNC, 2:00 of Rd 1
Oyo Cruz – Hitman MMA (Winner by Default)
Elias Duran Sapo (Lion’s Den MMA) def. Edilberto Coquia, Jr. (Team iFlex Spartan) – GnP, 1:54 of Rd 1
Jayson Margallo (Team R-Lan/Lion’s Den MMA) def. Judiberth Tubiano (Elorde Don Antonio) – GnP, Rd 1
More of Eruption Soon
Lion’s Den Productions’ Albert Montalban fantasizes an MMA scene where all the promotions help each other to elevate the sport. No crab mentality, no nothing. He also dreams of making Eruption a pro league, as well as building a foundation for their local fighters. But for now, he is happy to have earned the support of Brandon Vera and other fighters and organizations. That’s apart from serving his kababayans a great show.
Mark “Sexymundo” Raymundo is a copywriter and an amateur fighter with a perfect record of 21-0. Nah, he’s just a copywriter.
Girlfriend and fellow copywriter Eunisse De Leon is in charge of the photos, only because she has a decent camera.
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