URCC Fight Night reinvigorates Andrew Benibe for comeback fight

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Former URCC bantamweight champion Andrew Benibe was ringside during the recent URCC Fight Night to corner his teammates Jued Castillo and Ferdinand Batac.

That night, the standouts from Maic’s Gym went 1-1 as Batac was submitted by Arjay Bongala while Jued Castillo notched his first victory inside the URCC cage with a second-round submission win.

“Well, nag-perform naman sila at par, though yung isa didn’t win pero he did well, he did well,” Benibe tells Dojo Drifter, referring to Batac’s performance. “Mejo nakakuha lang ng unlucky break pero ok naman yung pinerform niya. Dominant siya nung first two rounds until he was caught by the toe-hold pero ok naman, he did well.”

Outside the cage, Benibe is very active in sharing the knowledge he has acquired through his years of fighting, evident in how detailed his instructions were during the bout. His background in strength and conditioning plus his vast knowledge in kettlebell sport has also helped him in developing training techniques that are adaptable not only to MMA but with other disciplines as well, which has helped his team.

urcc maic's andrew benibeOverall, Benibe is happy with how his teammates fought in their respective fights that night and admitted that the competitive atmosphere of URCC Fight Night made him reconsider getting back inside the cage.

Last seen in action at URCC 26 a year ago in Clark, Pampanga, Benibe says a return to the cage is still up in the air. But if he ever returns to action, a rematch with current champ Jerson Estoro is on top of the list.

“Actually yes, [I’m open to returning],” he says, “Siyempre when you have students and fighters na would train regularly, you train with them also so na-ge-gauge mo yung condition mo and napapa-second opinion din ako sa mga students ko. And they say na I should fight at least one or two more [times].”

“Pero ngayon wala pa. Grey pa lahat,” he said. Pero hindi na 50-50, medyo lumamang na ng konti. Mga 60-40 na.”

“If Jerson comes back to the Philippines, bakit hindi diba? We could do it again. Ako, ok lang sakin.”

In addition to that, he sees a bout with up-and-coming bantamweight Drex Zamboanga as another interesting option.

Zamboanga was penciled to face Benibe at URCC 27 until the latter was forced to pull out of the fight due an injury. Instead, the Toughguys MMA standout fought Dennis Domingo, winning via first-round submission.

“Drex Zamboanga pwede din,” he said. “Mahusay naman yung bata eh. Why not?”

Mike Miguel

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