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.

IN PHOTOS: URCC 27 Rebellion. 5 New Champions. 9 Awesome Fights.

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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.

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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.

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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…)

The Hard Grader: Why CJ De Tomas’ Goal to Fight in the UFC is No Laughing Matter


“Sabi ko nung nagsa-start palang ako, ‘…pag nasa 20’s na ako, nasa UFC na ako.’”


URCC 27: Rebellion, the URCC’s first event in partnership with Resorts World Manila and ABS-CBN Sports + Action, did not disappoint.

Five new champions were crowned. Only one of the nine bouts went the distance; five ended in the very first round. And the one that went to the scorecards was a clean sweep.

As is every fight fan’s bad habit when watching local MMA fights, we ask: Who has what it takes to compete at the highest level?

While all winners (and most losers) impressed, being the hard grader that I am, one fighter from URCC Rebellion readily comes to mind: CJ “Golden Boy” De Tomas.

De Tomas out-struck and out-wrestled former URCC flyweight champion Hideo Morikawa to become the victor via unanimous decision.


By out-wrestle, we mean lift him up off the ground for thunderous slams.