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Posted: April 23, 2012 in URCC

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This is the picture posted by Andrew Benibe on his Facebook page showing where he got cut during training.

In an unfortunate turn of events, Andrew Benibe of Maic’s Gym/Benibe MMA suffered a nasty cut in training that inevitably ended his chances of facing Alcer Lozada and hitting two birds with one stone which was to avenge Mike Banayad’s loss and gain a #1 contender slot for a championship. This isn’t really news to those who are friends of Andrew in Facebook who’ve known about the bad cut for more than a week, but the question is, who will replace him?

I was hanging out with my very good friend Willy Carlos, the URCC’s one and only

Mark Striegl is undefeated in 9 fights with 7 wins by submission.

matchmaker and he mentioned a name that definitely would be an exciting  fighter to replace Andrew Benibe with and match-up against Alcer Lozada. With URCC 21 being the promotion’s 10th anniversary event, they couldn’t just throw anyone in. It has to be someone legitimate, and at 9 wins and 0 losses, Mark “Mugen” Striegl of Team Buffet is someone you could definitely consider “legit”. Winning 7 out 9 fights by submission, Striegl is bound to give everyone an exciting fight when he goes against Lozada who is also a fighter who favors the ground. Although Alcer has good kicks, he has recently fallen in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (he’s been collecting medals) and it shows in his fights. Even if this fight is on short notice, if you’ve been following the movements of Team Buffet, then you’d know that they fight almost every other week so they’re always in shape.

This is definitely good news for the fight fans. As for Andrew Benibe, get well soon bro and we can’t wait to see you back in the ring!

Mark Striegl is ½ of Team Buffet with the other half being Will “The Kill” Chope who’ll also be on the URCC 21 card facing off against Angelito Manguray. Congratulations guys with the success of GODs FC!

The above article isn’t official yet. For a formal statement, check out http://urccmma.com and further updates and breaking news!

Special thanks to the very hardworking http://mmaorient.com and Andrew Benibe for the pictures!

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Unprecedented.

That’s one word to describe the coming ONE ASIA MMA Summit 2012 this coming June. Imagine 150 of the most influential movers and supporters of MMA in Asia getting under one roof and discussing how to bring rapid progress to the sport we love. Owners of different promotions, media bigwigs, heads of elite MMA gyms, popular fighters, government partners and others will be listening to experts and brainstorming on how Asian MMA could move forward. This is something Dana White would never do in the US.

As a die-hard fan and an observer, I can only imagine what kind of fight cards could come out of this summit. Being housed in the US$ 8 Billion Marina Bay Sands resort and casino, these owners are bound to meet other owners and match makers and they’re gonna have fun. After a few drinks, they’ll exchange details. Then they’ll be amiable with fighters criss-crossing their promotion, and then we’ll see crazy fights that we could’ve only dreamed of before. As a fan, I think that’s one of the things that i might get from this summit.

But what about those who are actual players in the MMA scene like the trainers? How do they think this summit would affect them and their fighters? I asked Mark Sangiao, the guy who has fought countless times in the ring and in Wushu competitions and now trains Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Roy Docyogen and Honorio Banario among others and this is what he had to say.

“ONE FC is so big and I believe that they will remain to be the biggest promotion for a long time. They have given fighters a stage to show what they got and I think some of them would be noticed and will eventually fight in the UFC. I believe that after this summit, our fighters will be given more exposure through more fights and this will only make them better.”  

Pete Brooks, the URCC Cruiserweight Champion, shared what he thought should be some of the topics to be brought up in the summit and I totally agree with what he says. He talks about MMA politics, seeing fights the fans want and steroid use in MMA and better compensation for fighters.

“I want to see politics out of Asian MMA. I don’t know the story why some fighters are being blocked from fighting and I understand this is a business and companies need to make money but MMA is about THE FIGHTERS and THE FANS, and there are certain fighters that the FANS want to see…..Also, this should mean better paydays for the fighters. What promoters really need to realize is that most of these up and coming fighters are not independently wealthy, especially in the Philippines. There are some who beg for fights but are held back because of the lack of opportunities. If a fighter wants to, he should be able to fight 4-5 times a year. Contract stipulations should not stand in the way of that…..If fighters are looking to make a name on the international scene, they should show that they are clean and are not cheating to make themselves better. I want to see steroid testing in Asian MMA. Other than that, I’m really excited about where ONE FC is going and can’t wait to see more great shows!”

Another URCC Champion shared his thoughts, the King of the URCC Welterweights Eduard Folayang couldn’t be more pleased that the summit is happening. He very much looks forward to seeing more of his URCC counterparts fighting internationally and showcasing their skills.

“I think it’s good for everyone involed in MMA in Asia. The sport will be promoted more and everybody could share in the different improvements in the sport. More talent will be discovered and URCC fighters will be will be able to showcase their talent in the world because of the exposure they could get through media coverage.”

Franz Von Muhfeld, a part-owner of the URCC and events and production guru talked about how the summit will benefit the fighters and truly make them better in the long run.

“I think that the summit is a positive move in the region. It will benefit the fighters by opening up new audiences and new markets. I also believe that there will be a “technology exchange” of sorts in the offing, because the fighters will be exposed to different styles and skill levels around Asia…exposure will bring excellence, not to metion the excitemenet and awareness the move will deliver to the fans”

Lastly, I was able to get a hold of Bubbles Aguilar, the First Lady of Filipino MMA and part-owner of the URCC, Asia’s longest running promotion at 10 years now. Read on about her thoughts on the positive things this summit would bring for Asian MMA and the URCC’s roster of fighters.

“This will definitely put Asian MMA on the map as a stronghold of MMA worldwide. This is the first of its kind where top Asian MMA promoters, MMA teams and gyms, media outfits and potential sponsors will get together with one plan in mind, and that is to develop Asian MMA further and take it to greater heights. This will definitely be a good way for the URCC and its fighters to be known in the Asian MMA circuit and a way for us to expand our brand through continued partnership with other MMA promotions in Asia and we are excited to be part of this very historic event”.

Whatever the outcome is, I hope that ONE Asia MMA Summit 2012 does what I think it is destined to do. That one day, Asian fighters, promotions, and gyms will be treated as at par with their western counterparts. That Asia would be considered where the best fighters are. Where having a Ferrari (when the time comes that fighters are paid Anderson Silva money) after a few fights is a bonus but what it really is all about are the fights, the fans and the camaraderie that goes along with all of it.

 

 

Special thanks to Bubbles Bermudez-Aguilar, Franz Von Muhfeld, Mark Sangiao, Eduard Folayang and Pete Brooks for their time and thoughts !

 

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Kevin Belingon (in red shorts) delivers a head kick towards Isaac Tuling's skull where "The Silencer " stopped Tuling during URCC 19 Collision.

ONE FC 3 – War of the Lions was a momentous occasion for a lot of people. It was an event that will be remembered fondly by those who were able to witness it live, those who saw it on Youtube, and by the promotion, the trainers and fighters. Well, at least those who won. Losing is something that doesn’t sit well with highly-competitive fighters and it’s just you handle that energy and urge to get back and redeem yourself inside the ring. Some fighters actually regress after one-sided losses and begin the end of their careers.

Don’t count Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon as one of them.

“The Silencer” has always been known for his aggressive stand-up. If you make a mistake in front of Kevin, he will capitalize on it and surely the next time you fight inside a ring or anywhere, you will never make the same mistake again. You give him a window of opportunity, he will knock you out. His aggressive style is what draws people to watch him but there are times when you must temper aggression for a more patient approach, especially when facing a specialist like Imanari. I literally cringed when I saw Kevin throw a leg kick at a downed Imanari. I thought it was like offering Rousimar Palhares your leg, or offering a bone to a dog.

Well, you’ve all seen what happened. A loss is a loss. What’s killing me though is that in one of this year’s biggest event, my countryman and one of my favourite fighters wasn’t able to showcase what he got. Even if he lost the fight eventually to a sub, I would’ve loved it if the world saw how Kevin Belingon fights. Go search his fights in Youtube and enjoy. If you love action, then you’ll surely love his fights.

Anyways, enough of what I have to say. Let’s hear it straight from Kevin Belingon himself.

Q:  Hi Kevin! What a tough loss against Imanari. Would you say you made a mistake that eventually gave him the submission win?

Kevin: Definitely. I made a mistake by coming in like that. I made that mistake and he caught my leg. Kudos to him, he saw an opening and made the most out of it. He’s a great fighter especially with subs and I tapped. No excuses. I’m now determined to just bounce back and win my next fight.

Q: Were you able to train against subs, especially leg subs knowing that you’re going against Imanari, who is a well-known leg-lock specialist? Even your one-time opponent Justin Cruz has a very painful submission defeat to Imanari.

Kevin: Yes. I really trained hard for this fight. Coming in, I knew that he was very dangerous on the ground I just really wanted to slug it out from the stand-up. Unfortunately he caught my leg in a very tight hold and I wasn’t able to pull out an answer for his attack.

Q: What are your immediate plans for the future? Are you going to fight in the URCC first before going back to ONE FC?

Kevin: All I’m set on doing is to train harder and to improve my ground skills, especially my Jiu-Jitsu. I haven’t been offered anything yet so I don’t know if my next fight will be in the URCC ring or the ONE FC cage.

Q: Kevin, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Any words for your fans in the URCC and ONE FC?

Kevin:  Thank you so much for all the support that you are giving me and God Bless! You will see a better fight from me next time.

 

Special thanks to Mr. Hochi Abaya for lending me the picture of Kevin from URCC 19!!!

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Angelito Manguray sends a right straight crashing through Honorio's jaw in their URCC 19: Collision fight.

In what is turning out to be one of the most awaited matches on the URCC 21: Warpath fight card, Will “The Kill” Chope and Angelito “The Saint” Manguray have spat out words that have brought it to the forefront of the mma masses that will flock to the SMX Center on April 28th. Manguray came out with a video saying that Chope has been disrespectful and will “let his fists do the talking” come fight time. Reports have come out that Chope may have called his older adversary an “old carabao” that got Manguray’s camp incensed.

Let’s allow the fighters to clear things up shall we?

I have always found Angelito Manguray as a level-headed man with wisodom and perspective on his side. Seeing him on a leaked video stating that he feels disrespected and will just give his answer in the ring was surreal. As much as it was refreshing to see someone actually do that, it was very suprising to see Angelito being the one to be on one especially since his moniker “The Saint” is very much deserved.

“I really didn’t feel disrespected” said Manguray when we were able to chat for a while. “Some of his friends called me an old carabao in FB. Well, you know the saying, everything becomes better with age. So I wasn’t offended. But one thing’s for sure, he called me out.” As for Will Chope, he doesn’t think anything he did was remotely disrespectful. He’s a guy who just wants to fight. And he doesn’t want easy fights, he wants to be in wars and I think he got what he prayed for in “The Saint”. “Angelito almost took Honorio 20 minutes inside the ring. He’s tough. I know I’ve got to be strong on my toes and quick with my hands. My ground base is solid. Conditioning will surely be the key in this fight. When asked about the video where Manguray appeared and said he was disrespectful, Chope had this to say, “The video was good, surely created some good hype for our fight. He seems to be a quiet guy. The reason I want to fight Angelito is because of his match from Martial Combat. If I’m disrespectful if I call someone out, then so be it. I just want to get into tough fights and keep improving.”

“When he called me out, I really took it as a compliment. Will Chope didn’t disrespect me. He was asking for tough opponents and specifically mentioned my name. It felt good more than anything, to be recognized as one of the toughest in the URCC.” Hearing these words, you might get to thinking that maybe their fight won’t be an explosive one after all. There’s too much respect and calm from both fighters, especially from Manguray. But then, he had this to say in closing, “As a professional MMA fighter, things shouldn’t be hyped up to make me throw punches. I just switch on my fighter mode and start hating my opponent when the all the smoke clears and we’re in the ring. After the fight, I’ll just switch it back to friendly mode and start trusting people again. That’s how I work”.

Enough said right?

Watch them fight in URCC 21: Warpath on April 28, 2012.

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