URCC 27 Rebellion Delivered. As Always.
Filipino MMA fans gathered to witness a parade of slobber-knocking action in URCC 27: Rebellion at the Marriott Grand Ballroom on April 23, 2016.
It was a rather quick night, with eight of the nine bouts leaving the judges out of the equation; five of which ended in the very first round. Here’s a rundown of the night’s hard-banging bouts, shared through the lenses of our talented photographers Yin Quintin and Raul Landingin.
In the first bout of the evening, after multiple tries Solomon Dultra makes Efren Marinias tap with a perfect arm bar in the very first round.
Submission Sport’s Geli Bulaong submits Kafagway MMA debutante Jen Damaso with a standing guillotine in the first after the two engaged in multiple grappling exchanges.
Drex “The T-Rex” Zamboanga dominates late replacement Dennis Domingo in the standup and on the ground, finishing him with a rear naked choke in the first round. (more…)
Askren and Aleksakhin Engage in a Grueling Grappler-vs-Striker Battle
The best MMA fans in Asia (that’s us, by the way) was again treated to world-class MMA action last night, April 15, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines for ONE Championship: Global Rivals.
The night was electrifying. The fights were great. The champ donated to charity. A 5-0 sweep for the most decorated MMA team in the Philippines, Team Lakay. Another successful night for ONE.
In the main event of the evening, ONE welterweight kingpin Ben “Funky” Askren took his opponent, Russian sambo specialist Nikolay Aleksakhin, to wrestling school as he dominated the grappling exchanges with his world-class wrestling and grinding ground-and-pound en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Unlike his last visit to Manila last April 2015 – the fight against Luis Santos was ruled as a “No Contest” after an accidental eye poke from Askren at 2:19 of the first round – the welterweight champ finally showcased the skills that made him one of the best welterweights on the planet.
“It’s been 20 months since the last time I entered the cage. I feel a lot of excitement and I’m working on this for a long time,” Askren told the press following his unanimous decision victory. “I need to get into the cage and show them what’s hell,” he added. (more…)
Jeremy Pacatiw is Headed to the PXC Pro League
Team Lakay’s Jeremy Pacatiw won against D’ Elements MMA’s Ralf Francisco via Unanimous Decision during the main event of PXC Laban MMA 4 at Baguio Convention Center on February 27, 2016. This event coincided with the 2016 Panagbenga Festival, and it was just as successful as when the promotion mounted their first event last year.
In the first round, Pacatiw used his wrestling to bully Francisco on the ground, at one time attempting a rear naked choke. The second the bell rang for the next frame, Pacatiw went straight for a powerful takedown. For most of the round, Francisco was pinned on the ground and Pacatiw maintained the dominant position.
There were a lot of action on the ground during the first and second salvos, but in the third round, both fighters exchanged strikes and kicks with each other. Then again, Pacatiw was able to take Francisco down but and went for a massive beating in the last 10 seconds of the bout. (more…)