An ambitious new Philippines’ MMA amateur league, Underground Battle (UgB), is set for their fifth installment on July 25, 2014 in Cainta, Rizal.
UgB is the fight league started by The Goat Locker Boxing Gym. It was conceptualized to inspire young people to get involved in the fastest growing sport in the world and to develop champions from the grassroots level.
Jefe Ferdie, owner and creator of UgB, has a different perspective when it comes to taking care of his fighters. His was driven to launch the league to look after the welfare and well-being of the local fighters. This was done because of Jefe’s trust in “paying it forward”, which translates into their Tagalog slogan, “Dahil sa fighters, para sa fighters.”
UgB 1 was held May 25, 2013 at the Goat Locker gym and more than 500 guests watched the fighters rumble in the cage. Twelve fights were held featuring boxing, Muay Thai and MMA. Three teams participated in that first event.
Their second event was held on July 28, 2013 at the Sta. Lucia East Mall. It was the first-ever “mall battle” in a 30-foot cage in the Philippines. More than 2,000 people showed up to watch the event which was participated in by 28 teams.
Underground Battle 3 was also a success as more teams had since joined the amateur league. From the north, Team Torogi of Baguio City sent their fighters to compete, as well as from the south, Team Biagtan who traveled all the way from Bicol.
On May 9, 2014, UgB 4 went down at Skipper’s Beach, Olonggapo City. They claimed their fourth event as the first ever “beach battle” in the world. Fighters from Tribal Submission in Baguio and Reamico BJJ in Bicol participated. The crowd was treated to a night full of action and unparalleled excitement as they experienced MMA in its purest form.
UgB 5 on July 25th will again take place at the Sta. Lucia East Mall in Cainta, Rizal.
Underground Battle 5
July 25, 2014
Entertainment Area, Phase 3
Sta. Lucia East Mall, Marcos Highway
Start time 17:00PST
Tickets can be purchased here.
Sam Mison vs. Brian Paule
Tomoki Hara vs. Arlan Faurillo
Mario “The Monster” Sismundo vs. John Farnican
Renato Jabiniao vs. Amir Mohammed
Vic Racoma vs Arnel Lumibao
Mark Diologo vs. Martin San Luis
JP Avilla vs. Joco Mabute
Fritz “Kid Buhawi” Biagtan vs. Ramil Bumagat
Muay Thai Rules:
Jessdan Dela Pena vs. Rankene Mara
Drex Zamboanga vs. Norman “Nigel” Pacase
Jermin Mejes vs Konnery Algen