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WLC S01 Season Finale Weigh-In



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What is the WLC?

The Warrior’s League Championship started with a dream by its organizer and main visionary Carlo Agulto and the National Muay Thai Kickboxing Council of the Philippines. Conceptualized at the Gulp Club in Panay Avenue in Quezon City, the WLC became a regular fixture in its home at the Busters Bistro, with 10 Mixed Martial Arts fight nights in one tournament season (think Bellator MMA).

The tournament events are jointly undertaken by Warrior’s League Championship Entertainment & Production, Inc. (WLCEPI) and National Muay Thai Kickboxing Council of the Philippines (NMKBCP). At present, it is the only MMA event conducting two to three fight cards a month. It has attracted not only male but also female warriors and as well as foreign fighters.

The Tournament Format

The WLC highlights ten weight categories: super flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight, and super middleweight.

All fights are professional bouts and are officially sanctioned by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) and officiated by the NMKBCP. The fighters are awarded by the WLCEPI, in accordance with the GAB’s rules and regulations.

During tune-up and pre-qualification bouts, the fighters are required to wear head protection. These bouts are three rounds of three minutes each.

For semifinals and championship bouts, the fighters are no longer required to wear head gears. These bouts will also be for three rounds but are scheduled to be five minutes each. Winners of championship bouts will be awarded a championship belt and will have to defend their title the following tournament staging.

WLC Season 1 Finale

The culminating event of WLC Season 1 will be on February 28, 2015, 7:00 pm at the San Andres Sports Complex, San Andres St., Malate in Manila City. VIP tickets are priced at PhP 1,500 per entry and will include seating and buffet.

WLC S01 Finale Fight Card

Zamboanga-Hara Super Bantamweight Championship Match

Filipino MMA warrior and National Wrestling team member Drex Zamboanga faces off against Japanese Judoka Tomoki Hara as the main event of the WLC Season 1 finale.

Both Zamboanga and Hara are undefeated in their MMA careers. Also a practitioner of Brazilian Jiujitsu and Karate, Zamboaga of Tough Guys Gym will trade blows with Hara of Zandokai, a former AFC champion.

Grudge Match for the Lightweight Championship

A highlight match is the bout for the WLC Lightweight Championship between Jiujitsu practitioner and National Wrestling team member Neil Larano against pro boxer Mario Sismundo. It will be a classic grappler vs. striker bout that will tear the roof off the San Andres Sports Complex.

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All fighters from the 10 deep card made weight for the season finale of inaugural season of the Warrior’s League Championship. Here are the results:

Warrior’s League Championship Season 1 Finale Weigh-in results*
February 27, 2015 – Busters Bistro, Panay Avenue, Quezon City

WLC Super Bantamweight Championship: Drex Zamboanga (135) vs. Toboki Hara (135)
WLC Lightweight Championship: Neil Larano (153) vs. Mario Sismundo (154)
WLC Super Flyweight Championship: Jovan Galarosa (113) vs. Erdie Bautista (113)
WLC Bantamweight Championship: CJ de Tomas (1st attempt: 126, 2nd: 125) vs. Felixander Bagayao (120)
WLC Featherweight Championship: Rex de Lara (144) vs. Amir Mohammed (145)
WLC Super Lightweight Championship: Arben Escayo (163) vs. **
Catchweight (189lbs) Bout: Mark Palomar (189) vs. John Andajar (189)
Super Flyweight Bout: Jomar Bislig (110) vs. Romelito Liloc (110)
Super Flyweight Bout: Alejo Corpuz (114) vs. Jerome Concepcion (110)
Bantamweight Bout: Nilo Vidal (125) vs. Jian Castillo (125)

*All in pounds
**Don Don Aron, the original opponent, failed a medical exam. An opponent has been found and has made weight

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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross



During the post-game of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, reigning Coach of the Year Leo Austria said that NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao called Chris Ross the “N” word that caused the commotion.

According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng nigger or ganiyan,” said Austria. “I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team.

“But that’s the thing he doesn’t want to hear so nagflare up yung bata so I cannot blame him.”

Guiao though denied that he blurted out racial slurs against San Miguel’s Chris Ross.

“Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi,” clarified the fiery tactician moments after their 98-109 defeat, their third straight after starting the 2018 Philippine Cup with two straight wins.

That tussle, according to Guiao, was just filled with trash talking against each other, as he felt the need to retaliate. In fact, Guiao was even caught by the TV camera saying “son of a bitch” towards the Filipino-American point guard.

“Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about.

“Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya.”

Furthermore, the 58-year-old was also caught by the cameras flipping the bird — in one quick motion — also against Ross.

“Oo. Kasama na rin yun.

“Pero ano naman eh, it’s part of, siguro, psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes, he also knows what he’s capable of,” the seven-time champion coach furthered.

But more than this scuffle, it really has become a stressful time for Guiao and the Road Warriors. They have now went down to 2-3 in the team standings, and the mentor sees the great need to end this slump immediately.

“We have to arrest it very soon. Ang susunod na laro namin ay versus Rain or Shine sa Friday. So we need to go back to 50 percent win-loss level para at least may chance ka na maka-playoffs. That’s going to be a crucial game for us,” he stressed.

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Kiefer Ravena shocked with Von Pessumal’s shove: ‘I did not expect that at all’



Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal have been teammates ever since they were in high school, winning three UAAP juniors crowns together. They won two championships together in the seniors level and even played together in Gilas. They were inseparable.

Friday evening however, they were playing for separate camps.

Ravena admitted that he never expected a shove to come from Pessumal during the NLEX Road Warriors’ clash with San Miguel Beermen.

In an off-ball situation, Pessumal charged at Ravena, sending the rookie down to the floor with 9:50 remaining in the final frame. He was then whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul, and Ravena sank one from the line.

“I did not expect that at all,” admitted Ravena after the match in which they lost, 98-109 — their third straight defeat after a 2-0 start. “But hopefully Von doesn’t take it personal.

“I’m just doing my job. They won the game.”

Ravena insisted that there wasn’t any physicality between him and Pessumal prior to that, but he thinks that his former Gilas teammate may have gotten irked by his staredown after blocking him on a fastbreak play early in the fourth.

“When that fastbreak happened — the same exact possession na I challenged him, I looked at him, and after that yun na yung nangyari,” said the 23-year-old guard. “But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.

“Probably nung tinignan ko siya.”

Moreover, the second overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft felt that that incident “started all the commotions during the end game (laughs). Yun yung pinaka-una eh. And with that, the team got fired up and it worked for them.”

He may be right, for the game saw more skirmishes after that: from teammate Michael Miranda kicking Chris Ross to the groin, and with his head coach Yeng Guiao figuring in a heated verbal war also against Ross.

But then, Ravena made it clear that it was never a plan of his to put down somebody, especially someone like Pessumal who he sees as a brother for life.

“You know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don’t become too personal.

“I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang,” said NLEX’s leading scorer.

It was somehow a night to remember for Ravena, but for all the wrong reasons. After Friday’s loss that sent their card to 2-3, the veteran internationalist now sees the need for him and the Road Warriors to push the panic button.

“‘Di na pwedeng sabihin palaging kailangan namin matuto eh. Pangatlong sunod na,” the second-generation cager expressed.

“Kailangan siguro naming umaksyon.”

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Downcast Chris Ross chooses to stay mum after heated altercation with Yeng Guiao



Through wins or losses, Chris Ross has always accommodated the members of the press asking for interviews and fans requesting for photo ops every after game. But Friday evening, the nine-year pro was despondent.

Visibly agitated with the events that had transpired during the San Miguel Beermen’s tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors, Ross, with his hoodie covering his head, left the Cuneta Astrodome without saying a word.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had figured in physical play after physical play and verbal exchange after verbal exchange with the frustrated Road Warriors.

Ross and Alex Mallari were both slapped with technicals after a confrontation with 9:06 left. This was just the start of many things to come for the Filipino-American defensive specialist

After knocking down a triple and receiving a taunt from Ross, Michael Miranda was assessed a disqualifying foul for an apparent kick to the groin against Ross with 4:35 left.

The tip of the iceberg came with 1:46 left to play and the game all but settled.

Yeng Guiao and Ross figured in a heated word war that resulted in Ross’ second technical foul for the game. Referees and players from both sides had to separate the two to prevent things from escalating.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria alleged that the fiery NLEX mentor said the “N” word, while some said Guiao called Ross a “bitch”.

Ross finished the game with four points, eight rebounds, and four steals in 37 minutes of action.

For sure, penalties and suspensions will come out of this game.

And it was better for Ross to stay silent.

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Jason Brickman flirts with triple-double as Mono holds off Singapore



After playing his worst game of the season last Sunday against Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, Jason Brickman bounced back, steering the Mono Vampire to a 91-88 road victory over the Singapore Slingers, Friday evening at the OCBC Arena.

The 26-year-old, who finished with just seven points and three assists in their 71-104 loss to Alab, tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. The league-leader in assists did not take a break, playing all 40 minutes.

But it was not a walk in the park for the Thailand-based squad.

Mono led by as much as 22 points, 60-48, with 7:46 left, 16 points entering the final frame. A furious fourth quarter rally by Singapore sliced the lead, turning the game into a single-possession contest with a minute left. The steady hands of Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary from the stripe fended off Singapore.

Brickman’s compatriot Paul Zamar chipped in 13 markers for Mono.

Since torching Alab last January 3, Filipino-Canadian AJ Mandani has been on a slump, going just 3-for-11 from the field for nine points.

Mono’s World Imports Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary both finished with 26 points with the former hauling down 18 rebounds. For Singapore, Xavier Alexander paced the Slingers with 29 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

With the win, the Vampire kept solo third with a 7-4 slate. On the other hand, the Slingers dropped its second straight game since winning against Alab, falling to 5-6.

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