MANILA—Honorio “Rock” Banario of Baguio knocked out Alcer Lozada in the second round to keep his URCC lightweight crown in the URCC-Colt 45 Digmaan III held recently at Grand Oases Convention Center in Davao City.
Banario was supposed to fight Angelito Manguray, but a rib injury suffered by Manguray forced the organizing URCC to tap Lozada.
Lozada surprised MMA fans with his aggressive stand in the first round of the two-round (10-minute each) contest.
In the end, Banario’s superb striking technique made the difference as he stopped his foe with 26 seconds gone in the second round of the event presented by Colt 45.
The win was the fifth straight for the Lakay MMA star who is being considered to fight in major tournaments next year.
Sharing the limelight with Banario in the event backed by PCSO and Tribal Gear was Isaac Tuling, who took the URCC Mindanao bantamweight title over Benjie Lumacad via submission.
Sharing the spotlight was Jonathan Sumogat who needed only 47 seconds to score a rear-naked choke (submission) win over Daniel Solis in the bantamweight division of the event also supported by Frenzy Condom, Chris Sports and Bulls Gloves with Solar Sports, Pinoy Extreme, TFC Bro and Amp TV 46.
Other winners in the fight card were Flash Val Casas (pinweight), Glen Balaba (bantamweight), Orlemer Celeste (feather), Edward Manteza (feather) and Ricardo Sapno (feather).
Casas beat Eric Malusay by submission (guillotine choke) in the first round; Balaba won by technical knockout over Jhun Del Valle in the first round; Celeste pummeled Marlon Perucho by submission (punches); Manteza downed Armando Cole by submission (rear-naked choke); and Sapno stopped Lorde Rey Yamit also by submission (guillotine choke).