Kelly wins, Folayang loses in URCC Dekada


MANILA, Philippines – Neutralized on his back, Filipino bet Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang of Lakay yielded to Lowen Tynanes of King of the Cage late Saturday night in the headliner of URCC 22: Dekada at the SM Mall-of-Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The rock-solid Tynanes, who earned the URCC Superfight belt, took the fight on the mat and exposed Folayang’s weakness.

Folayang, an Asian Games and SEA Games medalist in Wushu, suffered a gash near his right eye after taking a forceful elbow as blood smeared all over his face prompting the referee to stop the fight early in the first round after consulting the doctor.

In the penultimate bout, Eric “The Natural” Kelly won over the bigger Brad Terrey via submission in the deciding third round.

With his right eye completely shut due to swelling since the first round, Kelly mustered enough strength to pull off an arm bar after clobbering Terrey while on a full mount.

Meanwhile, Froilan Sarenas got overpowered by Rodrigo Praxedes of Phuket Top Team in their middleweight title fight.

Praxedes, who prevailed via unanimous decision, dropped Sarenas in the second round with a crisp right straight.

In the other title fight, Jessie Rafols of D’ Elements Gym submitted Kief Mangusan of Tribal Submission on a rear-naked choke in the opening round to retain his bantamweight crown.

Rafols took down Mangusan and was on side control. Rafols tried to finish off his opponent with a kimura but was unable to get the leverage to inflict enough pain on Mangusan’s right arm.

Mangusan has his moments and looked as if he’d go on to win after attempting a guillotine choke but Rafols was able to squeak out and turn the fight around.

In a clash of heavyweights, Caloy Baduria (Elorde MMA) stopped Panchito Estoso (Ground and Pound MMA) in the opening round of their action-packed fight.

Both fighters traded blows from the get-go with Baduria, packing more power to his punches, able to send Estoso down twice. Estoso failed to recover after the second knock down as Baduria pummeled him for the finish.

Also winning via referee stoppage was Reydon Romero (Deftac), who clobbered Sulpiano Laurio (Sprawl) to win at the 4:16 mark of the first round of their featherweight fight.

Getting the judges nod were Dennis Salazar and Reysaldo Transmonte. Both winning via unanimous decision over Roy Doliguez and Hideo Morikawa respectively.

In other fights, Lito Adiwang (Ground and Pound MMA) gave Jun Jun Sinco (Deftac Dumaguete) a debut to forget as the referee stopped their fight in the second round due to strikes.

Jonathan Sumogat improved his URCC record to 4-0 after forcing Russel Iniong to tap out on a rear-naked choke in round one.

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  • Jon Paul Fernando Buada

    Great Fights! However, the future of Kely and Folayang were at stake. They had to go back to URCC to defend their belts instead of fighting last month for ONE Fighting Championship belts. Eric ‘The Natural’ Kelly was up against a 170 lbs welterweight. Size disadvantage was clearly seen (Kelly is a 145 lb featherweight). Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang  had to defend against a 3-0 Professional, 15-0 Amateur Record and high caliber wrestler. There was a reason this Lowen Tynanes was undefeated. He’s even more scarier than the Jon Tuck who knocked out Folayang in guam. This Lowens guy should be in the UFC with Tuck. URCC gave the fans such delight. However, URCC, who gave Kelly and Folayang a headstart in their early career, nearly destroyed them in the process. Yes, Folayang will come back and become stronger and Kelly is still an undefeated fighter. But in no way was that matchmaking nearly perfect. Eduard’s fans went home last night in dismay. We wished that the Kelly fight would have been the main fight because it had too much testosterone and Kelly got the victory despite of his bulging closed eye. Both fighters from my hometown left the SM Arena with scars. I hope and pray that they still think it was a good decision to turn down the ONE FC championship spots just to give back to their home organization. But please the next time, think of the fighters first before the fans. The fans don’t feel the physical pain and emotional stress that these fighters go through. Respect.

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