Brandon Vera and Other Superstars Grace Inaugural Eruption Event


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.

Filipino MMA Champ CJ de Tomas is Now a UFC Fighter

CJ de Tomas

URCC Flyweight Champ Gets the Call


Undefeated URCC flyweight champ CJ “Goldenboy” de Tomas is the latest Filipino fighter to be signed by the UFC. He will be debuting against Naoki Inoue at UFC Singapore this June 17.

With an unblemished 8-0 record, de Tomas literally took down the main pugilists of his division, first against Carlo Laurel at URCC 26, then wrestling the URCC belt from Hideo Morikawa in a one-sided affair at URCC 27, and finally defending his belt against striking specialist Alvin Ramirez at URCC 28.

URCC 28: Vindication Photos and Recap


De Tomas, Lee, Bulaong, and Hofmann continue in their winning ways

The Marriot Grand Ballroom once again became host to a historic Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) fight night on Sunday, November 6, 2016 which featured the Fight Farm Finale, four championship bouts and the first-ever 3-on-3 exhibition match in the Philippines.

Fight Farm Finale


Jiar “Twister” Castillo proved that he is the top flyweight prospect as he got the unanimous nod from the judges to become the inaugural Fight Farm flyweight champion. The storied one-eyed-fighter seemed sharp as he went toe-to-toe against KO machine, Norman Agcopra.

The reality show featured fighters from the Academy Fighting Championship (AFC) and was shown on ABS-CBN Sports+Action.

Middleweight Championship


Light heavyweight champion Chris Hofmann showed John “Outlaw” Adajar how moving down a division won’t mess with his knockout power. With only three weeks to prepare, Hofmann dropped down 19 lbs to meet the welterweight Adajar at 185 lbs.

Hofmann dropped Adajar with a flying knee which forced the challenger to verbally submit 1:18 of the second round.

Post-fight, the now two-division URCC champion expressed his desire to be on the URCC San Francisco card in January.

Women’s Flyweight Championship

Filipina fighter Geli Bulaong became the first URCC women’s flyweight champion as she dominated Yan Qui Hui of China.

Referee Franco Rulloda was forced to stop the fight after a ground and pound flurry from Bulaong held the Chinese Sanda veteran helpless in the final seconds of the first round.