URCC San Francisco will have more than 1 Filipino champion on the card.
Following last night’s URCC 28 event, promotion president Alvin Aguilar told Dojo Drifter and other members of the press that the URCC’s first card in the US, set for January 2017 in San Francisco, will feature three current champions.
On the US card, flyweight champ CJ de Tomas, who defeated Alvin Ramirez at URCC 28 via decision to retain his belt, is pegged to take on American Derrick Easterling, who’s 5-3 as a pro.
“If CJ [de Tomas] beats him, then that means he’s on his way and he’s something special, especially on the world scale,” says Aguilar.
Additionally, newly crowned women’s champion Geli Bulaong will also be on the card. Her targeted opponent is Keri Anne Taylor, who has competed in kickboxing and is set to make her pro MMA debut in Bellator this month. She trains out of team Skrap Pack, alongside husband Gilbert Melendez, who’s a UFC contender and former Bellator champ.
Two-divison champ Chris Hofmann, who holds belts at middleweight and light heavyweight, will also be on the card. His opponent has yet to be named.
The URCC founder and president also mentioned a forth name for this card, citing that flyweight Carlo Laurel may find himself on the US card as well.
The URCC has planned events in San Francisco this January and LA in the succeeding months. Aguilar also recently expressed that there have been talks to do an event in Arizona or even Amsterdam.
Following URCC 28, Aguilar also shared that the promotion will hold its first ever event in Beijing, China in March as well.
“It’s high time we made URCC a global brand,” he says. “All these people are trying to be a global brand, pretend to be a global brand…yeah, maybe. But dito, galing sa atin to’, tunay na Pinoy. We started this from the mean streets of Manila all the way to the cage. All of us were born fighters to begin with.
“All of the promoters [here], everybody you around here are all practitioners, they’re all mixed martial artists who’ve had experience in MMA. So we’re real fighters taking real fighters all over the world.”