Philippines MMA pioneer URCC relaunches, switches from ring to cage

URCC cage, courtesy Paulo Tabuena,
URCC cage, courtesy Paulo Tabuena,


Philippines’ Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) has made a huge modification on its production for their future events as the longest running mixed martial arts promotion in the region switches from a ring to a cage.


URCC hosted a re-launch July 31, 2014 at Republic Club in Manila, Philippines as one of the most important events of the oldest MMA show in Southeast Asia, which featured three MMA bouts making use of the URCC cage for the first time.

The said promotion has created some of the most talented fighters in Asia today like Eduard Folayang, Eric Kelly, Kevin Belingon, and UFC-signed fighter Mark Eddiva.  Numerous other fighters have gone on to have successful careers as not only fighters, but coaches at both home and abroad.

Citing that it was noticeable that some of the fighters who got accustomed to the ring had problems fighting internationally in a cage, URCC founder Alvin Aguilar finally brought about the transition, as he told Bloody Elbow’s Anton Tabuena who was in attendance,

“I had to prepare all of our fighters because we are going to be sending our fighters abroad. If they’re not used to fighting in a cage, then it might be a disadvantage. That’s the only reason why. As I’ve said, we have to showcase Filipino Mixed Martial Arts to the world, so no more adjustments. I want them to go out there and kick ass without having any adjustments to the cage.”

The URCC re-launch was their first show in six months following URCC Fight Night – 1 in January. Their last major event was in November 30, 2013 for URCC 24 – Uprising headlined by Eric Kelly and Jianbo Lu,

“The reason why we haven’t had any major events during the first part of the year, is because we’ve been doing the same thing, going around the provinces on all these events. Now, I want the URCC to be way bigger than it has ever been. Of course, that needs a lot of preparation, a lot of people to meet, and I’ve had to pool some resources. But here we are, and this is the start,” Aguilar told Tabuena.

URCC is expected to make some announcements in the coming weeks with regards to their next major show which will likely be in the last quarter of 2014.