“P*tang In*!” was all we could say as the night grew longer and the beer cup stacks rose higher in Universal Reality Combat Championship’s (URCC) 25th offering. We let out the primitive howl so many times our parents should have asked us to kneel down on mongo seeds, carry thick books on both hands, and recite a thousand Hail Mary as punishment.
Thankfully, mom and dad weren’t at the SM Mall of Asia Arena for “Takeover”, the URCC’s first major event to feature a steel cage instead of the promotion’s conventional square ring--a move they made to better prepare their fighters for international competition and to improve the general action.
The switch to a steel cage worked its magic right away as eight of the nine fights ended in brutal fashion, with the space affording the fighters no place to run and no pesky restarts to save them. Have a look at some of the night's most brutal scenes along with our quick recaps!
1) Caloy Baduria Survives an Onslaught to Mount an Impossible Comeback
If you’ve ever played with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, you have a pretty good idea of what Caloy Baduria and Mark Palomar did in the co-main event of the evening. Both competitors stood in front of each other dishing blows to see whose head comes off first. Palomar was more conservative with his striking, working his jabs and straights in the opening sequence, while Baduria came out with looping hooks, hoping to decapitate his opponent.
A right cross from Palomar landed flush on Baduria, dropping “Bad Boy”. Palomar pursued Baduria with a barrage of strikes, turning his opponent into a human punching bag.
But Baduria lived up to his moniker, showing everyone that he’s a masamang damo who just won’t go down. Recovering like Wolverine after the muscled Palomar momentarily gassed, Baduria began retaliating, landing a couple choice shots on Mark’s chin. After getting hit a few times, Palomar started to run away from Baduria, who combined body shots with his wild hooks and overhands. One more body shot connects to the midsection of Palomar and he crumbles. Crazy, crazy turn of events for the two light heavyweights!
The lasting image: Fatman Baduria showing us the body that beat Mr. Olympus.