Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) founder Alvin Aguilar said that lack of ground fighting skills is the reason why all five Philippine bets namely Rey Docyogen, Geje Eustaquio, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario all suffered defeats in the last edition of One Fighting Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena on May 31.
Banarrio, Eustaquio, Docyogen, Belingon and Folayang, all URCC standouts, are former sanshou [wushu contact fighting]fighters.
“I told these wushu guys to fix their ground game but they didn’t,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar, also considered the “Father of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the Philippines,” added that he would not allow anymore any of the URCC fighters to compete internationally unless they improve their ground game first which means honing their takedown and submission techniques to perfection.
“Anyway, these guys were a bit hard-headed as I told them they should work on their ground game as they represent not just the URCC but the country as well. I will not allow them to fight internationally or against international opponents anymore unless I see that that they have made the proper adjustments.”
Koji Oishi beat Banario in the second round of their featherweight title match. Belingon lost toMasakatsu Ueda via unanimous decision in the bantamweight grand prix final.
Folayang was defeated by Iranian Kamal Shalorus also via unanimous decision in the lightweight division. Yasuhiro Urushitani beat Docyogen via split decision in the flyweight division while Eustaquio lost via unanimous decision to American Andrew Leone in the other flyweight fight.
Aguilar vowed that the Philippines would rise again in the regional MMA field.
“We have a lot of upcoming guys who can take their place if they do not make adjustments [in their ground games]so we are good to go,” he said.
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