URCC 25: Takeover is set for the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Oct. 23. The ten-fight card will be headlined by a bout that will see Malaysia’s Jian Kai Chee challenge Filipino Red Romero for his 145-pound strap.
It will be the first numbered URCC card in nearly a year. It will also be the organization’s second event at the 20,000-capacity indoor arena and the first time that the long running Filipino promotion has used a cage for an official card.
The challenger, Chee (4-5), comes from a Muay Thai background and is coming off a stoppage loss at the hands of Amir Khan on a ONE FC card in Cambodia, while Romero (7-5) was last seen losing to Yojiro Uchimura in the opening round of Rebel FC’s 145-pound Grand Prix.
The URCC bantamweight belt became vacant when holder Dave Galera signed on to fight at UFC Fight Night 34, but a new champion is set to be crowned, as Reynaldo Transmonte meets Benibe in a rematch.
Transmonte (5-2) is riding a three-fight winning streak, but needed a split decision to beat Benibe when they fought last November at URCC 23. Their rematch will be for the 145-pound title that was vacated by Will Chope when he signed with the UFC.
Benibe (5-7-0-1) will be fighting for the title for the second time and will be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak dating back three years. Transmonte scored a split decision win over him the first time they fought.
There will also be two 189-pound fights on the card with Mark Palomar making his pro debut against Caloy Baduria (8-4-1) and Chris Hofmann (0-1) welcoming newcomer Nickson Kola to the URCC.
Meanwhile, former lightweight champion Angelito Manguray (4-3) returns to the URCC. The dentist will be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak when he takes on Miguel Mosquera (0-1).
URCC 25: Takeover
SM Mall of Asia Arena
October 23, 2014
Red Romero vs. Jian Kai Chee
Andrew Benibe vs. Onyok Trasmonte
Caloy Baduria vs. Mark Palomar
Chris Hofmann vs. Nickson Kola
Angelito Manguray vs. Miguel Mosquera
Alvin Ramirez vs. Jessie Paul Del Valle
Hideo Morikawa vs. Mike Bunag
Drex Zamboanga vs. Joseph Mercado
Arnel Lomibao vs. Alvin Solinap
Carlo Laurel vs. Myler Empil
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