The Bay Area Gold Rush of URCC 32

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.

Nohelin Hernandez

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

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Fabricio Guerreiro

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.

Brady Huang

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.

 

 

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URCC 32: Preview

From one edge of the Pacific Ocean to the other, Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) will, once again, deliver a sport ‘as real as it gets’ with mixed martial artists prepared to showcase skill sets that are out of this world.

URCC’s initial visit to the Bay Area, URCC 29 on January 7, 2017, crowned a pair of Northern California’s combatants as champions of the Philippines-based promotion, and history may repeat itself, as a triad of titles seek their rightful owners, on September 30, 2017 at URCC 32.

Main Event: Nohelin ‘Suave’ Hernandez vs. Ryan Dela Cruz for the vacant URCC Featherweight Title

Nohelin ‘Suave’ Hernandez (4-1) can even make the ugly side of the game look pretty. Suffering the first blemish of his career in his last outing, Hernandez hopped at the chance to hoist URCC gold above his head. Flip-flopping between bantamweight and featherweight, a constant throughout Hernandez’s career is the clan of killer comrades helping hone his craft at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California.

Tattooed from head-to-toe, Ryan Dela Cruz (7-3) was eager to ink a contract to contend for a belt. Ditching the tropical, easy-going island life in Hawaii, Dela Cruz, who trains out of 808 Fight Factory, plans to crash along the Bay Area’s shoreline with the power of a tsunami.

Co-Main Event: Fabricio Guerrero vs. Thomas Diagne for the URCC Lightweight Title

After earning the URCC championship at 155-pounds, Fabricio Guerrero (21-5), unfortunately, wasn’t able to continue his winning ways at Conquer Fighting Championships 3 against Efrain Escudero, a savvy veteran in the sport. Scanning Guerrero’s resume, he has suffered a checkered record, splitting wins and losses, since 2013; therefore, a return to the win column should coincide with his narrative.

Thomas ‘No Mas’ Diagne (6-7-1) anticipates no more defeats, and the URCC Lightweight Title would shine a ray of sunshine on his warrior spirit, which has battled with finding momentum in MMA’s unforgiving game. With his hand held high over Guerrero, Diagne’s record will move to .500 over an opponent with nearly twice the experience.

Feature Bout: Brady ‘The Kung Fu Warrior’ Huang vs. Ian Dela Cuesta for the vacant URCC Bantamweight Title

Since his last visit inside URCC’s cage, URCC 29, Brady ‘The Kung Fu Warrior’ Huang (5-0) has cycled through three other opponents, each of which was a first-round stoppage. As the hometown hero, Huang, a product of Dragon House MMA, intends on wearing the zero in his loss column around his waist with the URCC Bantamweight belt at the end of his bout.

Ian Dela Cuesta (9-8), along with his teammate in the main event, hails from Hawaii and hopes to pack a twelve pound strap in his luggage for the return flight home. Though Dela Cuesta may enter URCC 32 with an air of confidence, having submitted his last opponent in the first frame, he hasn’t strung together a pair of victories since 2012.

URCC 32 also includes:

Kailan Hill vs. Ahmed White in the middleweight division

Daniel McWilliams vs. Jumoke Hunter in the welterweight division

Bren O’Neal vs. Salaiman Ahmadyar in the lightweight division

Victor Tirado vs. Brandon Faumui in the lightweight division

Luis Vargas vs. Justin McClain in the featherweight division

Tom Cook vs. CJ Hagerty in the middleweight division

David Wright vs. Ladale Noa in the featherweight division

David Douglas vs. Angelo Trevino in the welterweight division

If you’re alien to the realm of regional MMA, URCC 32 will offer invaluable insight to its onlookers: the level of athletes on the local circuit is unbelievable. For tickets to URCC 32, go to urccmma.eventbrite.com or order the online pay-per-view at urcc-usa.cleeng.com.

Derrick Easterling Lands A Brutal KO to Defend His Belt at URCC 30

August 12, 2017—Derrick Easterling maintained ownership of his URCC (Universal Reality Combat Championship) Flyweight Title on the opposite end of the Pacific Ocean at URCC 30.

Easterling set off a tsunami in the second round after sending shockwaves through the nervous system of Jiar Castillo, the number one challenger to Easterling’s reign.

Check out Easterling’s handiwork, perfected at Performance Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts in the Bay Area, from a clip produced by @Jolassandra:

Derrick Easterling: A Champion Making A Debut at URCC 30

At the onset of 2017, Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) crossed the Pacific Ocean and parked the Philippines based fight promotion in San Fransisco’s harbor. During this event, entitled URCC 29: Conquest, Derrick Easterling (6-3) claimed ownership of the vacant URCC Flyweight Championship with a second-round submission. At URCC 30, Easterling will travel west to defend his prizefighting keepsake.

On August 12, 2017, the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon, Philippines will fill to capacity to capture the clash of URCC’s Champion opposite the number one contender, Jiar ‘The Twister’ Castillo (2-3).

Since the bumpy start to Castillo’s career, he has reeled off a pair of successive victories. The shine of URCC gold caught Castillo’s eye, and he, along with his team at Xtreme Boxing Club, would prefer the 125-pound belt to remain on familiar soil.

Easterling will enter as the champ, but the audience may perceive him as a glorified enemy. Regardless of the cheers before the bell, the goal for Easterling in his debut to the tropical island, as is the case every time the cage door locks behind him, resides in action speaking louder than words, thereby hypnotizing the audience to sway in his favor. By implementing the game plan crafted in Easterling’s headquarters, Performance Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts, he will continue to dot the Pacific Rim with a rabid fanbase.

Continue following norcalmixedmartialarts.com (@norcalfightmma) to discover if Easterling added another notch to his twelve-pound belt at URCC 30.

URCC 29: One Side of the Pacific Ocean Versus the Other

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-6-10-28-pmUniversal 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. Continue reading