Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), established in 2002 as Southeast Asia’s first professional mixed martial arts tournament, wasted no time in grabbing the attention of Northern California’s MMA market at the onset of 2017 with four championship affairs on display, pitting one side of the Pacific Ocean versus the other inside the Kezar Pavilion on January 7th. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge will dull against the aurous shine of URCC’s flyweight, lightweight, middleweight, and women’s flyweight belts at URCC 29: Conquest.
Main Event: CJ ‘The Goldenboy’ De Tomas (8-0) vs. Derrick Easterling (5-3) for the URCC Flyweight Title
CJ De Tomas is known as ‘The Goldenboy,’ and the current URCC Flyweight Title holder plans to remain the champion until he ages into ‘The Goldenman.’ Sharpening his craft out of his own gym, De Tomas Muay Thai & MMA Training, he’ll have nobody but himself to blame for relinquishing a spotless record and dazzling belt while away from his home in the Philippines.
Derrick Easterling has an equivalent number of fights on his resume as De Tomas, though he understands the sharp pain of defeat. Strategizing a game plan behind the walls of Performance Fitness & MMA in Albany, California, Easterling plans on forcing the gut-wrenching emotion upon URCC’s 125-pound champ and adding an invaluable treasure to the rich history of MMA in ‘The Golden State.’
Co-Main Event: Will ‘The Kill’ Chope (33-11) vs. Fabricio ‘Guerreiro’ Alves (20-4) for the URCC Lightweight Title
Will Chope may be called lot of things as a prizefighter, but inactive isn’t one of them. Day-in and day-out at his gym, Juggernaut Fight Club in Singapore, as well as between the bells in live action, Chope is able to flip ‘The Kill’ switch, competing six times in 2016 and claiming the URCC Lightweight Title. Lighting the fuse for another explosive year, the busy twenty-six year-old foresees a defense of his 155-pound kingdom at URCC 29 as a sign of a heavy workload on the horizon.
The hot streak of Fabricio Alves’s early career has cooled as of late, but he’s prepared to get back on track at URCC 29. A native Brazilian sculpted out of Academia Ronildo Nobre, Alves has invested countless rounds with quality Northern California fight teams, such as: Performance Fitness & MMA and MMAGOLD. With Alves’s last loss being scored a split-decision at Bellator 136, it’s safe to assume he’ll do everything he can to remove the judges from the equation on his hunt for URCC’s 155-pound crown.
Feature Bout: Chris Hofmann (5-1) vs. David ‘Tarzan’ Douglas (9-6) for the URCC Middleweight Title
Chris Hofmann, who doubles as both URCC’s light heavyweight and middleweight champion, played ‘Eeny Meeny Miny Moe’ and decided to open the cage door to a challenger of the 185-pound belt; his first title defense since earning it a month ago at URCC 28: Vindication. After suffering a loss to open his professional campaign, Hofmann and his team at B.A.M.F Mixed Martial Arts in Manila have honed a specific skill set to ensure the past never resurfaces.
Earlier this year, David Douglas snapped a four-fight skid at Dragon House 22 in February with a TKO finish before the opening five-minutes evaporated. Training alongside the rowdy fighters from Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Douglas intends on hitting Hofmann with a ‘Stockton Slap’ of reality about where the URCC’s middleweight marker belongs.
Co-Feature Bout: Gehi Bulaong (2-0) vs. Jaimelene ‘Queenie’ Nievera (4-2)
It didn’t take long for Gehi Bulaong to begin racking up belts, and she defends them with a similar speed. At URCC 28: Vindication, Bulaong collected the URCC Women’s Flyweight Title with a second round finish. Furthering her progression as a mixed martial artist with Submission Sport in Pasig, Philippines, leading woman of URCC’s 125-pound division predicts an unprecedented run at glory.
As regional royalty in the Bay Area, Jaimelene ‘Queenie’ Nievera will fill the Kezar Pavilion with her peasants while vying for URCC’s precious accessory. Nievera’s previous outing was a losing effort at Bellator 165, which closed the door on a three-fight win-streak. Slithering into the championship brawl at URCC 29, ‘Queenie’ anticipates a return to her throne at Dragon House MMA with the pride of conquering the outsider and curing her fever for gold.
Other Bouts Include:
Carlo Laurel (3-4) vs. Anthony Do (4-1)
UFCC delivers a historic evening of MMA in their inaugural visit to Northern California. If any fight fanatics miss one event in 2017, don’t let it be URCC 29: Conquest on January 7th.