Lakay dominates URCC 5 ‘Unleashed’-A A +A
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
THE Universal Reality Combat Championship’s 5th staging in Baguio last March 2 at the Baguio Convention Center once again showed the dominance of Baguio bred fighters even against formidable foreign fighters.
Former Team Lakay fighter Egly “The Jester” Diaz, now fighting out of Tribal Submission gym, stopped French man Florian Garel of Taiwan Top Team via a rear naked choke in the first round of the main event.
The lanky and undefeated Diaz chased Garel with a barrage of punches and thigh kicks but was caught with a left hook that broke his nose a few minutes into the first round. In a scuffle, Diaz was able to take down the French man to the ground and gained an upper hand on top of Garel. Diaz then noticed the heavy bleeding from his nose.
“I did not notice nor felt the severity of his punch until I took him to the ground and was on the top mount where I saw the blood dripping from my nose,” Diaz admitted.
Diaz controlled the ground game and unleashed a rear naked choke after Garel attempted to roll over to prevent the mounted Diaz from his punches. The referee then saw the French man tap out in submission and stopped the fight.
Meanwhile, four out of the five Team Lakay fighters edged their opponents in fashion, stating their brilliance in the ground and pound skills and stand-up fight.
Lakay’s Jonathan Corton, in his URCC debut, lost against team Torogi’s Franklin Donglay who improved his MMA record to four wins with no loss in the first match of the evening.
Stephen Loman avenged the loss of Corton in the second match as he demolished Team Tororgi’s Alvin Velasco and went on to win via a technical knock-out, while Jay Olod of Team Torogi won over Renan Ramos of Ground and Pound MMA via submission on the third match.
In a unanimous decision, Lakay’s Tristan Rebuyaco grabbed the flyweight division over Ricardo Dacuyan of Submission Sports, while Edmundo Velasco of Team Torogi defeated boxer Alejandro Anas of Highland gym.
Tribal Submission’s Kieff Mangusan succumbed twice to the Jujitsu skills of Team Lakay’s Dave Galera in a triangle choke. Galera’s patience in the ground game paid off when he repeated his triangle choke, this time making sure the referee saw Mangusan tap out in submission.
Cebuano fighter Vaughn Donayre of Yaw-Yan Ardigma/ Deftac Cebu easily disposed Highland gym’s Robert Buminang with a powerful knee kick which left the boxer unconscious for a few seconds in the first round.
Nineteen-year-old Lito Adiwag of Tribal Submission dominated the older Fernando Venus of Ground and Pound MMA, winning via TKO improving his record to 3 wins without loss.
The second main event saw the will power of evenly matched fighters Roldan Sangcha-an of Team Lakay and Adam Cacay of Fight Corps MMA.
Sangcha-an, fresh from a recent victory over a Kazakhstan elite fighter, stood up to the tenacity of Cacay as both fighters showed no signs of frailty at the end of the second round. An extended third round ensued via judge’s call to determine a clear cut decision saw Sangcha-an land a body kick to Cacay’s torso that left him crunch in pain while Sangcha-an rained in his punches.
The referee stopped the fight and declared Sangcha-an the winner via TKO after Cacay could clearly not defend himself.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 06, 2013.