Universal Reality Combat Championship

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Universal Reality Combat Championship
Type Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded November 2002
Headquarters Manila, Philippines
Key people Alvin Aguilar (founder)
Website urcc-mma.com

Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) is the first professional mixed martial arts event based in the Philippines. Its inaugural event was held at the Casino Filipino Amphitheater in Parañaque, Philippines on November 23, 2002.[1] The URCC is under the supervision of the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), the government agency that sanctions games such as billiards, boxing and basketball. The URCC was founded in 2002 by Filipino BJJ Black belt Alvin Aguilar, who has been involved in the underground fighting scene for some time.

Notable Fighters[edit]

A number of URCC fighters have gone on to enjoy success fighting for mainstream MMA promotions. Chinese fighter Tiequan Zhang who fought at URCC 15 went on to fight for the WEC and the UFC and is currently ranked as one of the top featherweights in the world.[2] Dave "The Scarecrow" Galera, who won the URCC Interim Bantamweight at URCC 23[3] is the first homegrown Filipino Fighter to be signed by the UFC.[4]

Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang and Angelito Manguray all fought for ESPN Star Sports promotion Martial Combat in 2010 [5] while Folayang and Kelly both won fights at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion on September 3, 2011.[6]

Past events[edit]

# Event Date Venue Location
52 URCC - Relaunch July 31, 2014 Resorts World Hotel Paranaque, Manila, Philippines
51 URCC - Fight Night 1 January 31, 2014 BAMF MMA Center Paranaque, National Capital Region, Philippines
50 Colt 45 URCC 24: Uprising November 30, 2013 SMX Convention Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
49 Colt 45 URCC Bacolod Brawl 2013 October 18, 2013 L'Fisher Hotel Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
48 URCC/Tribal Gear Dutdutan Tattoo Festival 2013 September 27, 2013 World Trade Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
47 Colt 45 URCC 23: Unrivaled April 27, 2013 SMX Convention Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
46 Colt 45 URCC Baguio V: Unleashed March 2, 2013 Baguio Convention Center Baguio City, Philippines
45 Colt 45 URCC Cebu VIII: Survival January 19, 2013 J. Centre Convention Hall Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
44 Colt 45 URCC 22: Dekada December 1, 2012 SM Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
43 Colt 45 URCC Bacolod Brawl 2012 October 19, 2012 L'Fisher Hotel Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
42 Colt 45 URCC Davao Digmaan 4 August 26, 2012 Grand Oases Convention Center Davao City, Philippines
41 Colt 45 URCC 21: Warpath April 28, 2012 SMX Convention Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
40 Colt 45 URCC Baguio IV: Battleground February 18, 2012 Baguio Convention Center Baguio City, Philippines
39 Colt 45 URCC Cebu VII: Dominate January 13, 2012 Cebu International Convention Center Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
38 URCC/Rouge Magazine's Black Tie Brawl 2011 November 19, 2011 New World Hotel Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
37 Colt 45 URCC XX November 5, 2011 World Trade Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
36 Colt 45 URCC Bacolod Brawl 2011 October 16, 2011 L'Fisher Hotel Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
35 Colt 45 URCC University Challenge 2011 September 9, 2011 One Esplanade Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
34 URCC/Tribal Gear Dutdutan Tattoo Festival 2011 August 26, 2011 World Trade Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
33 Colt 45 URCC Davao Digmaan III August 21, 2011 Garden Oases Resort & Convention Center Davao City, Philippines
32 URCC 19: Collision April 2, 2011 World Trade Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
31 URCC Baguio III: Invasion February 19, 2011 Baguio Convention Center Baguio City, Philippines
30 URCC Cebu VI: Respect January 14, 2011 Cebu International Convention Center Cebu City, Philippines
29 URCC 18: Relenthless November 13, 2010 A-Venue Events Hall Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
28 URCC/Rouge Magazine's Black Tie Brawl 2010 October 29, 2010 New World Hotel Makati Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
27 URCC Bacolod Brawl 2010 October 17, 2010 Hotel PAGCOR Bacolod City, Philippines
26 Colt 45 URCC Davao Digmaan II October 17, 2010 Davao City, Philippines Garden Oases Resort & Convention Center
25 URCC 17: Havoc July 24, 2010 Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines A-Venue Events Hall
24 URCC 16: Reckoning March 27, 2010 A-Venue Events Hall Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
23 URCC Baguio II: Tribal Wars February 19, 2010 Baguio Convention Center Baguio City, Philippines
22 URCC Cebu V: Deliverance January 15, 2010 Cebu International Convention Center Cebu City, Philippines
21 URCC 15: Onslaught November 21, 2009 World Trade Center Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
20 URCC/Rouge Magazine's Black Tie Brawl 2009 October 24, 2009 Ranaissance Hotel Makati Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
19 URCC Bacolod Brawl 2009 October 17, 2009 West Negros Gym Negros Occidental, Philippines
18 Colt 45 URCC University Challenge 2009 September 12, 2009 A-Venue Events Hall Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
17 URCC Davao Digmaan 2009 August 23, 2009 Davao Convention Center Davao City, Philippines
16 URCC 14: Aggression July 18, 2009 A.Venue Events Hall Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
15 URCC Baguio I March 7, 2009 Baguio Convention Center Baguio City, Philippines
14 URCC 13: Indestructible November 22, 2008 A-Venue Events Hall Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
13 URCC Rouge Magazine's Black Tie Brawl 2008 October 18, 2008 Hyatt Hotel Manila Metro Manila, Philippines
12 URCC 12: Supremacy July 5, 2008 A. Venue Events Hall Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
11 URCC 11: Redemption November 25, 2007 One Esplanade Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
10 URCC 10: X June 30, 2007 The Fort Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
9 URCC 9: Unstoppable December 2, 2006 The Arena San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
8 URCC 8: Undisputed May 20, 2006 The Arena San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
7 URCC 7: The Art of War December 10, 2005 Araneta Coliseum Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
6 URCC 6: Unleashed Fury June 25, 2005 Casino Filipino Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
5 URCC 5: Beyond Fear October 23, 2004 Casino Filipino Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
4 URCC 4: Return to the Dungeon April 24, 2004 Casino Filipino Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
3 URCC 3: Siege at the Fort September 20, 2003 The Fort Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
2 URCC 2: Night of Champions April 12, 2003 Phil Sports Arena Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
1 URCC 1: Mayhem in Manila November 23, 2002 Casino Filipino Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines

Rules[edit]

URCC's rules are different from those of established promotions.[7]

Match length[edit]

URCC matches consist of two rounds, each lasting ten minutes. Intermissions between each round are two minutes in length. All title bouts will have a 5-minute third round in case of a draw after the two rounds.

Weight classes[edit]

Division Upper weight limit
Pinweight 119 lb (54 kg; 8.5 st)
Flyweight 129 lb (59 kg; 9.2 st)
Bantamweight 139 lb (63 kg; 9.9 st)
Featherweight 149 lb (68 kg; 10.6 st)
Lightweight 159 lb (72 kg; 11.4 st)
Welterweight 169 lb (77 kg; 12.1 st)
Middleweight 179 lb (81 kg; 12.8 st)
Light Heavyweight 189 lb (86 kg; 13.5 st)
Cruiserweight 199 lb (90 kg; 14.2 st)
Heavyweight Over 199 lb (90 kg; 14.2 st)

Ring[edit]

The URCC uses a five-roped square ring.

Attire[edit]

URCC allows fighters latitude in their choice of attire but 4-ounce fingerless gloves and a mouthguard are mandatory. Shoes and derogatory markings on ring attire are forbidden. It is within a fighter's discretion to use other protective equipment such as groin guards.

Victory[edit]

Matches are won via:

  • Submission
    • Physical tap out
    • Verbal tap out
  • Knockout
    • A fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious or unable to immediately continue.
  • Technical Knockout
    • Referee Stoppage (the referee stops the match after seeing that one fighter is completely dominant to the point of endangering his opponent).
    • Doctor Stoppage (the referee stops the match in the event that a fighter is injured via a legal blow and the ring doctor determines that he cannot continue).
    • Forfeited Match (a fighter's corner throws in the towel).
  • Decision
    • If the match reaches its time limit then the outcome of the bout is determined by the three judges. The fight is scored by a 10-point must system per round. A three step procedure per round is followed:
  1. Determine winner of round (can be draw),
  2. Determine if winner dominated round ,
  3. Fouls then factored in (subtract one point per foul from fighter).
    • Draws are acceptable in URCC matches.
  • Disqualification
    • A "warning" will be given in the form of a yellow card or a red card (any fighter who executes a foul technique shall be penalized with a talent fee reduction) when a fighter commits an illegal action or does not follow the referee's instruction. Two yellow cards shall lead to a disqualification "red card."
    • The referee's decision will always depend upon the level of violation committed by a fighter whether it's intentional or unintentional. Therefore, the referee may execute the "red card" even without showing the first two "yellow cards" as a caution for a disqualification
    • The referees are also authorized to execute the red "disqualification" card if a fighter has deliberately injured his opponent and can no longer compete.

Fouls[edit]

URCC considers the following to be fouls:

  1. Head butting.
  2. Eye gouging.
  3. Hair pulling.
  4. Biting.
  5. Fish hooking.
  6. Any attacks to the groin
  7. Strikes to the back of the head, which includes the occipital region and the spine. The sides of the head and the area around the ears are not considered to be the back of the head. (see Rabbit punch)
  8. Small joint manipulation (control of four or more fingers/toes is necessary).
  9. Intentionally throwing your opponent out of the ring.
  10. Running out of the ring.
  11. Purposely holding the ropes. Fighters cannot purposely hang an arm or leg on the ropes and it will result in an immediate warning.
  12. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
  13. Striking downward using the point of the elbow.
  14. Throat strikes of any kind including without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
  15. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
  16. Grabbing the clavicle.
  17. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
  18. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
  19. Stomping on a grounded opponent.
  20. Kicking to the kidney with a heel.
  21. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
  22. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
  23. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
  24. Spitting at an opponent.
  25. Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
  26. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
  27. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
  28. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
  29. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
  30. Flagrantly disregarding the instruction of the referee.
  31. Timidity, including without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
  32. Interference by the corner.
  33. Throwing in the towel during competition.
  34. Exceeding numbers of cornermen.
  35. Unauthorized cornerman.
  36. Any lock which puts strain on the neck joint.

Match conduct[edit]

  • If both fighters are on the verge of falling out of the ring or become entangled in the ropes, the referee will stop the action. The fighters must immediately stop their movements and will then be repositioned in the center of the ring in the same position. Once they are comfortably repositioned, they resume at the referee's instruction.

Current champions[edit]

Division Champion Team URCC Record (W-L-D)
Pinweight Philippines Roy Docyogen Lakay MMA 10-2-0
Flyweight Philippines Kevin Belingon Lakay MMA 11-3-0
Bantamweight Philippines Dave Galera Lakay MMA 5-0-0
Featherweight Philippines Red Romero Deftac 7-4-0
Lightweight Philippines Honorio Banario Lakay MMA 8-2-0
Welterweight Philippines Eduard Folayang Lakay MMA 12-4-0
Middleweight Brazil Rodrigo Praxedes Phuket Top Team 2-1-0
Light-Heavyweight Australia Nicholas Mann Hybrid Yaw-Yan 4-2-0
Cruiser Weight
Heavyweight Ukraine Igor Subora Sprawl MMA 4-1-0

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