Igorot fighter wins URCC belt

JERSON Estoro of Fight Republic won the bantamweight title of the Universal Reality Combat Championship after stopping Andrew Benibe of MAIC’s Gym/Benibe MMA via referee stoppage in the fourth round.

It was a tough win for the Atok –Kibungan, Benguet fighter, who suffered a cut on the left eyebrow after an accidental head butt in the third round.

“We were in the clinch and I was able to hit him with a knee, unfortunately he accidentally hit my head and I felt the fight will be stopped anytime because the blood just won’t stop,” said Estoro in the local dialect.

Estoro, who trains in China with fellow Igorot Ryan Willis, knocked down Benibe in the fourth round, and the referee stopped the fight in 3:52.

“I never felt nervous if they stopped the fight because I thought I was way ahead in the score card,” said Estoro.

With the victory, he improved his record to 6 wins and 3 losses.

Estoro said he was better shape that Benibe who was gasping for air towards the end of the second round.

Benibe started strong, scoring several takedowns in the first and second rounds.

But Estoro came back in the third, landing cleaner shots that slowed Benibe down and almost stopped the defending champion with a knockdown late in the round.

“He was a tough opponent but my conditioning was superb so I was able to come out as a better fighter and with the knee to the body, I knew the fight was over,” Estoro said.

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