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When one concept clicks, others are bound to follow. K-Pop and novelty songs aside, sports is one of the most infectious trends Filipinos love pursuing. [firstpara] At the moment, Boxing and fighting to be precise. Nobody ever said we can even credit ourselves for the most popular fighting techniques being used today; it just so happen that one Manny Pacquiao excelled and ruled the world by means of such.

Such is the case for Universal Reality Combat Championship, or URCC, a fight promotion founded in 2002 that catapulted mixed martial arts to the mainstream here in our country.

Fight fans has more access to MMA than ever before, and we’re not only talking about live events, pay-per-views, or cable television. Last Saturday saw URCC 16: Reckoning televise its show courtesy of the World Wide Web.

This is URCC’s first time to be streamed live over the internet, powered by PLDT MyDSL’s Watchpad. (Check out www.pldtwatchpad.com to know more.)

With enough medium to showcase the best we have to offer, it will only be a matter of time before mixed martial arts equals boxing in popularity. While it will take some time to familiarize ourselves with the entire Pinoy MMA community, several fighters has caught our fancy as of late.

Here are 5 Pinoy MMA fighters to watch closely, in the instance that Manny Pacquiao or Brandon Vera decide to finally hang their gloves.

Roy “The Punisher” Docyogen (7-0-0)
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URCC Pinweight Champion
Weight: 119lbs; Height: 5’5”

One of the most complete fighters in Pinoy MMA, Roy “The Punisher” Docyogen can finish fighters off in more methods than you can imagine. With an unprecedented 7 wins and no losses, Roy undoubtedly deserves to be the URCC Pinweight Champion.

He barely weighs less than the average male, being a Pinweight and all, but his outstanding ground game is more than enough to make up for his lack of fearful presence.

He has snagged victories by means of rear naked choke twice in his MMA career. He is also pretty active compared to other Pinoy MMA fighters, competing at an average of 2 fights per year.


WORDS BY: MIKEY AGULTO

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