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.

Brandon “The Truth” Vera: “I don’t know the direction [the UFC is] going with”


Brandon “The Truth” Vera Talks About the UFC and ONE Championship


UFC veteran Brandon “The Truth” Vera is not a fan of the UFC’s recent decisions regarding its fighters and other employees.

Now residing in the Philippines, the former UFC heavyweight contender questions the new owners’ strategy following the UFC’s $4.2-B sale to talent management conglomerate WME-IMG. “With the new owners, it’s a conglomerate of investors, actors. I don’t know the direction they’re going with,” says Vera in an exclusive interview with MMA Philippines. “I know they cooled off Asia. [But] I know there’s still going to be UFC gyms here.”

The UFC recently announced their 2017 schedule, and while three of the events are targeted to happen in Asia, the specific countries and dates will still have to be revealed. Following the cancellation of UFC Fight Night: Penn vs. Lamas last October, Filipino fans are divided with regards to a UFC event being held here in 2017. Some are still hoping that the ‘rescheduled’ event would happen sooner than later, albeit with a better card, while others are pessimistic that the UFC and/or its local partner SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. (SMLEI) would not risk another event following the dismal ticket sales reported for the cancelled event.

As the founder and co-owner of Alliance MMA, what disturbs Vera the most are the number of fighters and employees publicly airing their grievances with the UFC or parting ways with the promotion. “The fighters aren’t happy. They’re firing all the old guard staff there. The plans they have laid out so far don’t make sense. They’re getting rid of their commentators, the old matchmaker, I don’t know what they’re doing.”