Team Torogi high on URCC wins

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Sunday, March 10, 2013


FROM a top caliber muay thai gym, Team Torogi is slowly showcasing its skills as Baguio’s emerging mix martial arts (MMA) gym following its impressive victories in the Universal Reality Combat Championships (URCC)-Baguio recently.

Torogi pitted four fighters in the fifth staging of the country’s first and biggest MMA promotion that saw three of them winning in their respective divisions.

Former South East Asian Games bronze medalist Jay Olod of the University of the Cordilleras led the charge with a rear naked choke win against Renan Ramos of Ground and Pound MMA Manila.

“I was rocked and I was caught with a left hook on our striking exchange but I managed to stand my ground against my opponent,” said Olod after the win.

Franklin Donglay of Baguio Central University scored his second win with an impressive first round knockout of Team Lakay’s Jonathan Corton due to knee strike.

Donglay knocked his second MMA win in his first URCC appearance.

Edmundo Velasco, who is also debuting in URCC, made an impressive showing by knocking out upcoming MMA fighter Alexandro Anas of Highland Gym in their first round encounter.

Velasco started strong with a huge body slam but Anas managed to stand up and mixed it up with solid punches and finished the fight early via ground and pound.

Not lucky enough was Alvin Velasco after he was overpowered by Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman via a technical knock-out with both fighters starting strong with their striking skills. But it was Loman’s takedowns that defined the match and went on to finish the fight via ground and pound.

Team Torogi’s head coach Brent Velasco said the team has a lot of potential but still needs to be honed. The team was accompanied by Pudz Carino, John and Ning Tudlong and coach Hero Latonio.

The team was powered by Derek Bautista, Jun and Rosy Car Sales, Nostalgia, Reg’s Binalot, Tita’s Transient House and Emprenta de Baguio. (Roderick Osis)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 11, 2013.

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