Allen Wycoco survived an exhausting bout before stopping Dondon “Rugbiboy” Serrano while Will Chope retained his belt against Brian Paule in the Universal Reality Combat Championship 85: Underdog last week at the DD Night Club in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Wycoco, a former amateur boxer based in New Zealand before joining the Dyincredible Fighting and Fitness Center, relied on his superb boxing experience to exploit Serrano’s lack of stamina, scoring a fourth technical knockout win and retaining the bare-knuckle boxing welterweight belt.
“My coach instructed me to use my boxing skills, footwork, and clinching wisely. I’m tired, but he seemed more exhausted than me, so I kept fighting,” said Wycoco, 32. “I salute Serrano for fighting with a lot of heart. I know he’s tired, but he still wanted to fight. I caught him though.”
The unbeaten Wycoco, coached by active mixed martial artist Rolando Dy, landed various combinations on Serrano in the third and fourth rounds before the referee halted the fight with 2:44 remaining, improving his win-loss record to 2-0.
Chope, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, quickly avenged himself in the first few seconds of the first round by submitting Brian Paule with a rear naked choke, thus retaining the URCC welterweight interim title.
“I’m a man of my word, and this is my 136th MMA professional fight. I’ve dedicated 12 years to the URCC, and I’m thankful to Alvin [Aguilar],” said the 32-year-old Chope after the fight, improving his win-loss record to 42-19.
The URCC fight card, organized by founding President Alvin Aguilar and URCC co-owner/General Manager Aleksandr Sofronov, is supported by Crazywin and the DD Night Club.
In the preliminary fights, Rhyle Lugo blasted Richard Lachica in the second round via technical knockout in their featherweight fight, while Tokartzhy Ushqyn defeated Dave Morata in the second round through a technical knockout win during their lightweight encounter.
In a bare-knuckle featherweight fight, Dan Ascano knocked out Gerardo Sismundo in the first round.
In bouts sanctioned by the Philippine Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Jerald Vellarde bested John Vallega via unanimous decision in the lightweight division while Catherine Soria crushed Jessa Sarabia in the third round via technical knockout in the women’s strawweight battle.
Tristan De Mena defeated Shidjiroh Delantar in the second round via a technical knockout win in a light heavyweight bout, and Paolo Cruz whipped Gemil Clarinio with a rear naked choke in the first round of the amateur bantamweight bout.
In slap battle bouts, Boy Kagang Jeffrey Castos beat Alex Tuazon Boy Tattoo via a unanimous decision win and Makahighlord Gerald Gabonada bashed Milarde Hugo Pongde via a third-round technical knockout victory.