In 2 days, the Philippine’s biggest and longest running MMA promotion, the URCC, will be having it’s URCC 21: Warpath event at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, the Philippines. The event will mark the 10th anniversary of the URCC’s dominance in the Filipino MMA scene. The card will see a total of 10 fights, with a double main event featuring 2 super fights.
The URCC has a great track record of putting some of the most badass fights in Southeast Asia and it seems that this card is no exception. TFN takes a look at the match ups on the main card of the event and we give our take on who’s going to come out victorious in the Warpath.
Alcer Lozada Vs.Mark Striegl
This was not the match that was initially scheduled. Alcer Lozada was initially scheduled to face Andrew Benibe. However, Benibe got injured while training over 2 weeks ago. From what we’ve heard, he was shooting for a double leg with his training partner and got caught hard with a flying knee. That’s how hard these Filipino fighters spar. Due to the injury, the URCC had to find a new opponent for Lozada and boy did they find a tough opponent. The URCC offered the fight to grappling specialist Mark Striegl. This is a huge task for Lozada who is just 1-1 in his MMA career while Striegl is much more experienced with a perfect 9-0 record.
From our understanding, Lozada is a kickboxer while everyone knows that Striegl is perhaps one of the top grapplers in the Asian MMA scene. This is your classic striker vs grappler match. The key for Lozada is to defend the takedown and use his aggressiveness to get a quick KO. However, that’s easier said than done when you’re facing an opponent like Mark Striegl. Expect Striegl to go to his bread and butter especially since he’s taken this fight in such short notice. We don’t expect him to do anything crazy but to stick with what he knows best and secure the win.
TFN Prediction: Mark Striegl wins via submission.
Will Chope Vs. Angelito Manguray
The tallest man at featherweight in Asian MMA meets perhaps, one of the oldest fighters in Asian MMA today. Will “The Kill” Chope (9-5) goes one on one with Angelito “The Saint” Manguray (4-1). Will Chope, who usually fights at featherweight, will be fighting at lightweight for this fight. Many consider Chope as a complete fighter who has a solid ground game and has improved tremendously in his stand up. Out of Chope’s 9 wins, he’s gotten 8 finishes, of which 3 have been by KO and 5 have been by submission. The Saint on the other hand is fundamentally a striker having a Karate background. He is a very dangerous stand up fighter and has had all his wins come via KO within the first round.
On paper, things do not look good for The Saint. Will Chope is younger, bigger and has a longer reach; however, no one can count The Saint out. The Saint’s style of fighting is relentless and he seems to have an iron chin. We won’t be surprised if he tries to keep this fight standing. Chope on the other hand will most likely try for the take down and the submission. However, if he’s forced to stand, we don’t think he’ll mind either. At the end of the day, we see Will Chope’s experience in the ring/cage, youth and size being too much for Manguray to overcome. We would love to see Manguray win and have an underdog story come true, but we have to give the win to Will “The Kill” Chope.
TFN Prediction: Will Chope wins via Submission
Jerson Estoro Vs. Reysaldo Transmonte
This is one fight that many Filipino fight fans are waiting to see. Jerson Estoro (4-2) and Reysaldo Transmonte (2-1) are both stand up fighters by discipline. Estoro is a World Muay Thai Champion who is undefeated in Muay Thai in the Philippines while Transmonte has the reputation of being one of the best Muay Thai fighters in Filipino MMA. These 2 were scheduled to fight before but all the previous planned fights fell through.
Considering that there’s a high chance that both these guys are going to stand and bang, you can expect a quick finish. While both guys have respectable stand up games, we have to give the edge to Estoro. Furthermore, Estoro has been more active in fighting than Transmonte who’s coming off a long hiatus. We see Estoro knocking out Transmonte. One thing’s for sure, regardless of the outcome, expect fireworks from this fight. It’s going to be a war with 4 ounce gloves.
TFN Prediction: Jerson Estoro wins via KO
Alvin Ramirez Vs. Roy Doliguez
The first super fight of the night will see the always popular Alvin Ramirez (4-4) making his return to the URCC ring against Roy Doliguez (1-0). While many might see this as a lopsided match up due to Doliguez having only 1 fight, you have to know that he is a veteran boxer who has had more than 40 boxing matches. He’s no stranger to combat sports. Ramirez is undoubtedly a fan favorite among the Filipino crowd and he’s coming off a spectacular win over Mark Dialogo whom he knocked out with a head kick in the first round last November.
Many industry experts are saying that Ramirez has this in the bag and they can’t see him losing this fight. While we’re sure that Doliguez is a tough son of a gun who’s a rugged warrior, we have to agree with the pros on this one. Ramirez’s MMA experience and aggressiveness will take him far in this fight and we see him finishing this fight with a stunning KO finish.
TFN Prediction: Alvin Ramirez wins via KO
Froilan Sarenas Vs. Nicholas Mann
The second super fight of the night will be between Froilan Sarenas (3-0) and Nicholas Mann (3-1). Both fighters are on 3 fight winning streaks and from what we understand, there’s a bit of bad blood between the 2 and their respective camps. Sarenas is a very skilled grappler. However, he will be put to the test in this fight as he will be fighting a much bigger opponent in the form of Nicholas Mann. Furthermore, some have commented that Sarenas is a very small middle weight who should be fighting at a lower weight class.
The key for Mann to secure the victory would be to use his size and range to his advantage and perhaps go for a KO/ TKO finish. For Sarenas, he needs to try to get the big man down and use his superior grappling skills to submit the Australian. Who do we pick? While we do know that size means something, we feel that if Sarenas can take Mann down, he’ll be able to get the W.
TFN Prediction: Froilan Sarenas wins via Submission
URCC 21: Warpath will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, the Philippines this Saturday. For more information on the show visit www.urccmma.com