WITH their recent victory in the Universal Reality Combat Championship held at the Baguio Convention Center, Team Lakay stalwarts remain to be the undisputed mixed martial arts team in the country today.
Eight out of nine fighters who recently saw action in the event as part of the month-long Baguio Flower Festival won against their counterpart convincingly led by George Lusadan’s rear naked choke in the first round victory against Team Biagtan’s Leonard Caliwa.
URCC founder and President Alvin Aguilar said the prospect of having more fighters in their fold is possible, citing Baguio fighters’ physique and fighting ability especially in mix martial arts.
“We’re hoping to discover more fighters from Baguio City because of their talent and skills in mix martial arts, and who knows, the next Manny Pacquiao of MMA could come from Baguio,” Aguilar said after the URCC event dubbed as Tribal Wars.
Even lady fighter Gina Iniong proved her worth in the event after subduing Sonrex Patanao, a Pro-Am mix martial artist with a 5-0 win-loss record before Iniong downed Patanao with a rear naked choke also in the first round.
The fight started out slow as the two lady fighters were sizing up each other, but the pace soon picked up, as the female fighters started exchanging kicks and punches.
Iniong, the more experienced fighter, finally took down Patanao and controlled her on the ground. As the fight progressed Iniong was able to sink a rear naked choke to take the victory over Patanao.
“We’re considering two fighters to join the URCC in our next event coming from Baguio City,” added the URCC top honcho who refused to name the two fighters.
Aguilar, meanwhile, is optimistic the inclusion of lady fighters in other URCC upcoming events would finally gain ground with the success of the Iniong-Patanao exhibition match.
“Both fighters are good,” said Aguilar, adding: “We need to have more lady fighters in the URCC because there are talents out waiting to be discovered.”
Aguilar also said they are now finalizing the deal with the Asian Mix Martial Arts Federation for local fighters to see action in the ESPN sponsored tournament in Singapore. (Roderick Osis)