Drifter Rundown: UFC Manila returns, ‘Bigwasan’ ends, and Backyard gets a brawl

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Missed out on the MMA action in the Philippines this week? Here’s your weekly dose of the Drifter Rundown.

[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]F[/mks_dropcap]rom the sold out URCC Fight Night to the biggest card in UFC history, Dojo Drifter has got all the corners covered in this edition of the Drifter Rundown.
 
 
URCC Fight Night
Following the massive URCC 27: Rebellion card last April, Asia’s longest running MMA promotion stepped on the gas pedal and returned with URCC Fight Night. A celebrity match aka ‘Bigwasan’ between Kiko Matos and Baron Geisler took the spotlight, but the fighters stood out and put on a show that night for the madding crowd. Chris Hofmann went up against Arvin Chan and claimed his victory while Yaw-Yan Kampilan’s MJ Abrillo submitted Eddie Estrada, a Yaw-Yan Buhawi fighter.

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Chris Hofmann and Arvin Chan in a striking exchange at URCC Fight Night.

John Dodson in Manila
A few months back, top welterweight Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson came to the Philippines and met with the fans. Just last weekend, it was John ‘The Magician’ Dodson‘s turn. Dodson, a part Filipino, did some exhibition drills with PXC title holder Jenel Lausa, BJJ world champ Eros Baluyot, and local MMA personality Erwin Tagle.

John 'The Magician' Dodson throws a flying roundhouse during his open workout.
John ‘The Magician’ Dodson throws a flying roundhouse during his open workout.

UFC returns to Manila
It’s always a good sign when UFC fighters visit the country. Following the John Dodson trip, UFC announced its going to have sequel in Manila this October. The first UFC event on Philippine soil was sold out. It became more memorable when Mark ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Muñoz announced his retirement after defeating Luke Barnatt. This time around, local MMA fighters are vying to get a coveted spot on the card.

GSP announces his return to UFC, Ryan Jimmo passes away
A thrilling and an unfortunate news struck Canada and the MMA community. Almost a week has passed since Ryan Jimmo, a 7-time UFC veteran, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run incident in Edmonton. Police have arrested two men who are linked with the incident.

On a brighter note, Georges St. Pierre, arguably the greatest UFC fighter, has announced he’ll return to fighting after a very long time away from the Octagon. It’s uncertain yet who will he face or when will his match take place, but a lot of middleweight fighters have commented on the former welterweight champ anticipated comeback.

Former PXC heavyweight champ plans to a ‘Big Hit’ in his return
The gigantic clash between Roque Martinez and Takaaki Oban at PXC 52 turns out as a prelude to the return of former PXC champ Kelvin Fitial. ‘The Big Hit’ is set to make his return against his familiar foe Martinez. Dojo Drifter spoke to Fitial and he said he’s excited to return to fighting. The addition of this heavyweight title holder is expected to leave an impact in the Asian region.

The countdown to UFC 200 begins
The biggest show in MMA history is upon us. Where will you be when UFC 200 happens? Catch the grudge match between DC and Bones along with thrilling matchups between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo, women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes, plus the return of Brock Lesnar. Dojo Drifter is hosting a viewing party at The Backyard Kitchen + Brew at The Grove by Rocwell, Pasig City. Watch all history unfold with all the crazy MMA fans while having good food and drinks.

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