New Blood goes to Tarlac for their Sixth Event
Tarlac is bound to witness an exciting local MMA tournament between promising Filipino fighters as The Clash in Tarlac: New Blood MMA Challenge will be holding its sixth event at Tarlac State University Gymnasium on May 21, 2016.
In the main event of the evening, resurgent Rex De Lara will try to extend his win streak to three as he faces veteran Arie Zarco.
After years of absence in the sport, Arie Zarco is making a comeback. “I am very excited. I have trained since the beginning of the year,” Zarco told MMA Philippines about his preparations for the main event bout. “I have all the enthusiasm to fight against De Lara. He is a great a fighter, and I will put all my effort.” Leaving the scene after a disappointing 0-2 start, Zarco is not planning to go home with a loss in the second stanza of his fight career.
Despite immigration issues, Balikatan 15 proceeded with 15 amateur and pro-am fights
Goodwill games are held to promote camaraderie and exposure for fighters both local and foreign. That’s what Balikatan 15 brought to the Marikina Sports Center on an action-packed Sunday evening.
Hybrid Yaw-Yan and Balikatan host, Sir Henry Kobayashi, apologized in behalf of the 5 Indian pro-am fighters that were not able to show up due to immigration issues. Nonetheless, fight fans were treated to an action-packed night that featured a stacked amateur/pro-am card, 2 of which bannered the India vs. Philippines matches.
Fredelyn Sayod of Hybrid Yaw-Yan won over Budo Kai Do’s Harpeet Kaur to score the Philippine’s only victory over India that night. Kaur’s straight punches and takedowns weren’t enough to rock Sayod, who displayed dominance with her ground and pound for most of the match.
The other India vs. Philippines bout featured Abhinay Dadwal vs. Christopher Peña. Dadwal’s explosive Budo Kai Do prowess worked to his favor as he scored big with his striking and ground game, earning him a unanimous victory over the Yaw-Yan Kampilan fighter.
Meanwhile, Samson College MMA’s Jomar Pal-iwen continues his knockout streak as he puts Christopher San Agustin to the mat. Known for his boxing and striking, Pal-iwen’s right hook KO gained him Knockout of the Night.
Do Gyeom Lee is the New URCC Featherweight Champion!
Last Saturday’s URCC 27: Rebellion saw a passing of the mantle from champion to challenger in the featherweight championship main event of the evening.
The challenger, South Korean Do Gyeom Lee, slayed URCC featherweight champion Red Romero with a ground-and-pound victory in the second round.
Lee barely survived the first frame when Red connected with an insane flying roundhouse kick and followed it up with a barrage of strikes. The Korean dropped several times as he was chased by Romero across the cage. Uncannily, he was able to recover and tried to land a few strikes before the bell rang.
Undaunted, Lee entered the second round aggressively. Standing southpaw, Lee tried a rushing 1-2-1 combination, with the third one connecting cleanly on Romero. Red backed up, trying to feint the damage done by Lee, but Lee smelled blood and went after him. Combining unrelenting strikes with vicious knees, Lee caught Romero with at least two knees, causing Romero to crumble onto the mat. Stepping over his visibly hurt opponent and raining down 6, 7, 8 unanswered strikes, referee Joey Lepiten had to call a stop to the contest, declaring Lee as the new URCC featherweight champion. (more…)