The Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) had its first-ever "Fight Night" at the Valkyrie Nighclub, The Palace Pool Club, where the highly anticipated brawl between actors Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos was also scheduled.
Many of you might have heard or read on social media of the apparently disappointing outcome (draw) of the exhibition match, but for us who were able to watch the spectacle firsthand, the defeaning booing and cheering is all you need to hear to describe the crowd's delight.
To let you in on all the fun we had that wild night, FHM lists the lessons learned from the not-too-shabby "Bigwasan" bonanza:
Injuries seen live are hella more painful
Need we say more? Jericho Tomagan and John Adajar was supposed to settle some unfinished business from three years ago (Academy Fighting Championship), if not for Tomagan suffering a shoulder injury early in the first round. It was cringing to witness him writhe in pain while Adajar capitalized, and eventually the referee stopped the fight to give "The Outlaw" his first professional win.
Rudy Tomjanovich's saying is also applicable in MMA
Before the much-awaited bigwasan, the actual main event between Light Heavyweight champion Chris Hoffman and Arvin Chan proved to be truly a thrilling one. The challenger initially seemed to have overwhelmed the champ with a flurry of punches, until the latter landed a game-changing kick that dropped Chan to his knees. From that point on, it was all ground, pound, and Hoffman. Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion, indeed.
Tall dudes have no place at cageside
A lesson learned the hard way. One of our writers, who stood an awkward 6'2", was heckled by an entourage member of one of the actors. It doesn't matter if you're standing behind one of the Octagon's posts, which are actually already obstructed, some people can get petty with having even an just inch of their view blocked. As if most of them are really there for the fight.
(What really) matter(ed) over mind (games)
If only these two had focused more on conditioning rather than verbal wars and cheap—"urine"—shots, Kiko shouldn't have been catching his breath at the end of the match and Baron could've looked less lost inside the ring. While it paid dividends in terms of promotion, the two antagonists paid the price of a rather underwhelming head-to-head. Although it did help a lot in drawing attention for the other, more competitive cards.
Baron is one tough SOB
Despite the amount of punishment he took from an ultra-aggressive Kiko in the opening round, Baron appeared to be up for another round once the final bell rang. Whether it was his training with brother, Olympian Donald Geisler or his shield of total inebration, his toughness (and maybe, stubborness) against his rival's consecutive blows made the fight more interesting.
Draw = scripted
At the end of the day, fight fans are the hardest to satisfy. If the Octagon didn't get covered with blood or somebody didn't end up knocked out cold, the match was boring. Maybe not for those present at the venue.
People seem to forget Kiko and Baron are actors, not mixed martial artists, even regular basag-ulos. If you're looking for technically precise punches, flawless footwork—basically a "legit" brawl, then buy tickets to the other URCC fights, and not once-in-a-blue-moon exhibition dramas like this one.
Photography Eve Baswel