Martial artist Eric Kelly returns with big win

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Friday, December 6, 2013


IGOROT mix martial artist Eric Kelly marked his return to the ring with a huge win by stopping his Chinese foe in the main event of the Universal Reality Combat Championships event during the weekend at the SMX Convention Center.

After his taste of first defeat in February this year versus Honorio Banario for the One Fighting Championship's featherweight championship, Kelly is back to his winning ways by submitting Jianbo Lu in URCC’s event dubbed "Uprising."

After a brief exchange standing, Kelly was able to catch a kick from the Xian Sports University product to secure a nifty takedown that went straight to mount. Moments later, the Filipino got an armbar and tapped the Chinese kickboxing champ and BJJ blue belt to the delight of his hometown crowd.

Kelly thus improved his record to 10 and 1, eight of which came via submission while handling Lu’s first defeat in his second fight in mix martial arts.

Kelly's victory in the main event also saw two Baguio based fighters winning against their opponent in the event backed by Colt 45.

Ric Myler Empil of Fight Corp MMA and Tribal Submission's Lito Adiwang pulled off impressive victories in the undercard of the country's longest and first mix martial arts promotion.

Empil’s debut had the audience impressed by submitting Rocky Vergara of Legion MMA in the first round of their scheduled two round duel.

Adiwang, who fights out of Tribal Submission meanwhile improved his record to 4-1 with a Kimura victory against YAwyan Kampilan’s Mj Abrillo.

Two Baguio fighters however suffered setback in their young MMA careers as Team Torogi stablemate Jay Olod and Franklin Donglay fell against their Filipino rivals.

Jay Olod failed to impress the judges and suffered a unanimous decision loss against the more experienced Lino Tagacay of Deftac.

Donglay meanwhile had a split decision in favor of Submission Sports’ Roy Doliguez.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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