September 30, 2017—The executives of Universal Reality Combat Championships (URCC) are under the assumption, especially at the conclusion of their most recent event, URCC 32: the Bay Area’s mixed martial artists possess the Midas Touch.
When URCC traveled from Philippines to Northern California earlier this year, URCC 29, two of the area’s athletes were crowned as top predators in URCC’s divisional food chain: flyweight Derrick Easterling and lightweight Fabricio Guerreiro. On the San Mateo Event Center’s grounds for URCC 32, a new pair of names within the region turned dreams into URCC gold, while Guerreiro defended his title for the first time since earning it.
Not only did Hernandez pack on ten extra pounds since his last bout, competing at featherweight instead of bantamweight, he was an additional ten-pounds heavier, with URCC’s 145-pound strap around his waist, after defeating Ryan Dela Cruz in the main event of URCC 32.
For three solid rounds, Hernandez tattooed Dela Cruz with a precise and powerful technique carved out of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), and the judges awarded the decision to the fighting pride of Gilroy.
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It's been a long time coming. I've worked diligently for over 6 years for a moment like this, and it paid off tonight. I wanted to come out here and prove that my last fight was a fluke by challenging a tougher opponent and even moving up a weight class. Weight doesn't win fights, fighting wins fights. Thank you to my team; I've learned to take knowledge from everyone and worked very closely with different people. You guys are awesome. Lastly, thank you to all the fans that came out here to support me live. You guys are huge motivators. I appreciate all the messages I received, wish I could give you all hugs right now! Much love everyone 🤙🏼 #mma #sanmateo #aka #boxing #wrestling #kickboxing #jujitsu #judo #sambo #bjj #muaythai #combat #sport #fitness #fit #gym #intense #speed #powerball #LA #cali #bayarea #gilory #champion #teamsuave
Win or lose, the URCC Lightweight Title was staying in the Bay Area, but the details as to which mantel would house such a trophy had to be sorted out between Fabricio Guerreiro, the defending champion, and Thomas Diagne, a challenger also from along the San Francisco Bay’s shore.
Since the previous three of Guerreiro’s four losses were by decision, the Brazilian native, who now calls the upper half of ‘The Golden State’ home, pushed the pace and forced a TKO stoppage before the third round’s final buzzer.
Continuing a trend of finishes within the opening five-minutes, Brady ‘The Kung Fu Warrior’ Huang was branded the URCC Bantamweight Champion after strangling Ian Dela Cuesta with a triangle.
With three victories via TKO/KO and two by submission, Huang is transferring his knowledge acquired at Dragon House MMA in San Francisco into a well-rounded practitioner with endless potential.