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URCC 25 Recap and Results: Andrew Benibe Takes Bantamweight Title



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South East Asia’s longest running MMA promotion Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) hosted their 25th major event at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday night. After more than a decade hosting shows in a traditional ring, the organization had a new look as they finally debuted URCC’s cage.

Headlining the card was Andrew Benibe and Reysaldo ‘Onyok’ Transmonte, in a rematch of their 2013 bout that ended in a razor thin split decision. They may have clashed in a new fighting surface and a much longer bout, but the two bantamweights simply picked up where they left off. Each stanza was very close and competitive encounters, and as the 5th and final round was about to start, it seemed like it was heading to the scorecards again.

At this point, they have already faced off for a total of 7 rounds and 35 minutes of ring time, yet the two were still inseparable with seemingly no clear cut winner on this evenly matched rivalry.

As the final round started though, Benibe displayed a sense of urgency as he felt he could very well be on the wrong side of yet another close decision. Not wanting to leave it to the judges, he upped the output and was starting to throw with more volume. He landed combinations and after almost 25 minutes of back and forth action, those punches finally took a toll and Onyok dropped. Benibe then quickly swarmed and managed to finish the bout with mere seconds remaining in the bout.

Not only did the grizzled vet manage to take revenge and put a stamp on that rivalry, he also claimed the vacant URCC Bantamweight Title in the process.

When asked who he wants next, he respectfully called out UFC veteran Dave Galera, who had to relinquish that very title Benibe now holds when he left the promotion late last year.

The co-headlining bout featured former 2-division champion Caloy Baduria facing off against fellow striker Mark Palomar. The bout lasted less than 4 minutes, but it certainly stole the show in a huge way. Palomar landed a right hook that hurt and dropped Baduria early, but then the long time URCC star displayed the grit that made him a fan favorite throughout the years.

After the knockdown, Baduria quickly shook off the cobwebs and had that smirk on his face as he egged on his opponent to keep exchanging bombs with him. Like most of his opponents throughout the years, Palomar found out the hard way that brawling with the heavy handed Baduria is a dangerous game. The Elorde product had his hands low and he rolled with Palomar’s punches, while constantly countering with power shots of his own. A few more punches from Baduria, Palomar dropped to the canvas and the crowd erupted after seeing a monumental come from behind knockout.

With the victory, Baduria improves to 9-4 with his losses coming from fellow URCC champs and established stars such as UFC’s Zhang Tiequan and Eduard Folayang.
Standing out on a fight card filled with exciting finishes, was Chris Hofmann as he took on Nickson Kola. After a brief exchange, the DEFTAC prospect landed a brutal hook that put his opponent out cold for an extended period.

Alvin Ramirez also put on a show on his URCC return as he knocked out Jessie Paul Del Valle in the second round. Win or lose, the Yaw-Yan Buhawi product has always delivered with entertaining bouts which has endeared him to Filipino fight fans.

47-year-old Dentist turned MMA champion, Angelito Manguray may have competed for the last time in the URCC and he took on yet another fighter almost half his age. Using a Karate stance on the feet, ‘the Doctor’ then showed that even at his age it’s never too late to learn new tricks, as he employed some rubber guard when the fight went to the mat. Unfortunately for the former lightweight champ, he wasn’t able to do enough to win on the scorecards and the decision was awarded to Miguel Mosquera.

Also picking up quality finishes on the card were Hideo Morikawa, Carlo Laurel, and Alvin Solinap.

The telecast of URCC 25: Takeover will be shown on October 26, Sunday 10:40pm at GMA 7.

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URCC 25: Takeover Results
October 23, 2014 – SM MOA Arena, Philippines

Carlo Laurel def. Ric Myler Empil by Submission (Triangle Choke), R1 0:48
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Alvin Solinap def. Arnel Lomibao by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R2 1:48
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Drex Zamboanga def. Joseph Mercado by Decision (Unanimous)
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Hideo Morikawa def. Ryan Jakiri by TKO (Elbows), R2 1:24
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Alvin Ramirez def. Jessie Paul Del Valle by TKO (Punches), R2 1:36
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URCC 25: Takeover Results
October 23, 2014 – SM MOA Arena, Philippines

Miguel Mosquera def. Angelito Manguray by Decision (Unanimous)
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Chris Hofmann def. Nickson Kola by KO (Punch), R1 1:00
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Caloy Baduria def. Mark Palomar by TKO (Punches), R1 3:59
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Andrew Benibe def. Reysaldo Transmonte by TKO (Punches) to win the URCC Bantamweight Championship, R5 3:59
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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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