Alvin Aguilar addresses drug-testing rumors linked to UFC Manila cancellation

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Alvin Aguilar, the founder of the URCC, the Philippines’ first and largest MMA promotion, weighs in on drug-testing rumors that surround the recent cancellation of the UFC Manila card.

The UFC recently announced that its Manila card, set for October 15, would be canceled and rescheduled for a later date following the injury and withdrawal of its headliner BJ Penn.

Shortly after this announcement, rumors began to spread that the cancelation was due to “crazy drug testing issues” imposed by the government, according to a Tweet by BleacherReport writer Jeremy Botter, citing MMATalk as the first to report this news.


This rumor was then connected to the war on drugs being led by newly appointed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, with some insinuating that this was the cause of the cancelation.

Amidst these rumors, URCC founder and president Aguilar went to social media to give his thoughts on the matter. He posted on his Facebook account:

I personally started the mixed martial arts movement in Southeast Asia 14 years ago. To do this, we had to go to the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) and present the rules of mixed martial arts. After numerous hearings, we made MMA in the Philippines a duly recognized and regulated professional sport. Our country was the first in Southeast Asia to do this.

Now recently with the cancellation of the worlds biggest promotion here in the Philippines – UFC Manila; foreigners and even Pinoys (WTF??!) have been saying a lot of crap about our regulations. The general theme is that the show has been cancelled because of “ridiculous and extreme drug testing” being implemented by our President.

Just to make things clear we have ALWAYS had drug tests for everybody in our shows for the past FOURTEEN YEARS.
Fighters, judges, referees, ring announcers and even promoters, all get tested. These tests are done annually. It is nothing new and it is something I fully support. Who would want an MMA fighter on Shabu fighting or a fighter judged by an official on shabu? These tests are also done in the U.S. And everywhere else where there is proper regulation.

My logic is, If there is nothing to hide why worry about the drug test??!! If you are on drugs then you got no business in our business. SIMPLE.

Foreigners will always judge us in the negative no matter what. They can not be blamed for their ignorance. The only time they hear about the Philippines is when something bad happens here or when Manny Pacquiao is fighting. A mistake a lot of foreigners make is using your own culture to judge other peoples culture. Read well and do some real research before you talk and criticize.

The ones that really get to me are the Pinoys who are so quick to judge and condemn our country. Porke may sinabi ang puti naniwala kaagad kayo. Kung alam niyo lang na mas matalino at mas magaling tayo sa mga nagsasalita against us.

Do some research and find out the REAL reason for their cancellation here. I know it and maybe some of you do, but resorting to blaming our President Duterte and our war on drugs is just irresponsible.

Thankfully, we have been blessed to have one of the best people to sit as GAB chairman (no disrespect to former chairmen) in Abraham Mitra. I’ve met the man and TRUST ME, we will see HUGE growth in all of the sports under his watch.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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