Having already cementing its place in Asia, the Universal Reality Combat Championship, or URCC, continues to make its name in the United States — this time debuting in the state of Hawaii.
And the inaugural event on the island of Oahu did not disappoint, with a majority of the pro fights ending by technical knockouts via submissions or strikes.
In the co-main event, Fil-Am Ryan Dela Cruz had to relinquish his 145 title to Tim Teves, after a referee stoppage early in the second round.
However, in the other main event of the evening, Micah Mahikoa got the decision after three intense rounds with Kaeo Meyers.
But the knock out of the night went to Ian Dela Cuesta, who put Anthony Yost of Minnesota to sleep barely a minute into the first round.
“I really did believe I was going to finish him. Maybe not that fast or that kind of fashion but I can’t argue with it. I’m happy with it.”
URCC has had two events in California already — however, promoters knew that this debut event in Hawaii was going to be special.
“We saw tons of great excitement from new fighters and repeat fighters from different islands of Hawaii, neighbor islands. We had Oahu. We had Kauai. So it was great to see all of Hawaii be here tonight,” said Kathleen Kaleikini.
“It was an inner island battle and anytime you bring in inner islands, just Oahu alone, there’s a lot of good battles within the island,” said Kamaka Luke. “But when you bring the outer islands it’s a battle. Because everyone is trying to claim territory. So it was awesome. Good fights, good promotions.
After making its debut here in the aloha state, the URCC will return to the mainland in Oakland, CA this July.