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.


Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson makes his case for title shot; considers Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit worthy opponents

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“I know in my heart that I can finish Robbie Lawler”


Stephen Thompson, currently ranked #2 in the UFC’s welterweight division, is in the Philippines for a week-long media tour. MMA Philippines sat down with “Wonderboy” for an exclusive interview regarding the welterweight title picture and the movement among the division’s top five.

This writer in particular wanted to know whether Wonderboy, after his demolition of former welterweight king Johny Hendricks, will have the next crack at the divisional title. As per Thompson, “Nobody really knows what the UFC is thinking! I think the welterweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in the UFC right now because there are so many guys at the top level who could be the champion at any time.”

That said, Wonderboy is ready and willing to go against Lawler next, believing that he possesses the tools to dethrone the spirited champion. “Now, everyone at the top five except Tyron [Woodley] has fought Lawler and lost, so why not give the new guy a crack at it? I know in my heart that I can finish Robbie Lawler, take that belt home, and be a good champion.”

The kickboxing clinic Thompson put on Hendricks allowed Wonderboy to break through the welterweight division’s top five, leading some to argue that a title shot might be too early for the karate wunderkind. Should he need to fight one more time against one of the division’s top contenders, Thompson named two fighters that he feels would provide him with the most challenge. (more…)

UFC Media Tour Alert: Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in Manila this February 22 to 26


Fresh off the kickboxing clinic he put on Big Rigg, Wonderboy is coming to Manila!


Less than two months after the UFC signed with Cignal TV as their exclusive broadcast partner in the Philippines, Filipino UFC fans will be served instant gratification as Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, currently the #3 ranked welterweight fighter in the UFC, will be visiting the Philippines for a week-long media tour. The said tour will have Thompson appear in a series of activities and TV guestings, culminating in a public workout session at the SM Mall of Asia on February 25, Thursday. (more…)