Champions stand tall at URCC XXX

Champions stand tall at URCC XXX
Chris Hofmann succesfully defended his URCC middleweight title at URCC XXX

No titles changed hands as all four champions that saw action retained their belts in impressive fashion at URCC XXX, Saturday evening at the Araneta Coliseum.

Reigning middleweight king weathered a leg-kick onslaught from Canadian challenger Robert Sothmann to score a first round stoppage win and record a second successful defense of his 185-pound crown.

Hoffman, the URCC's only two-divison champion, dropped Sothmann late in the round before unloading a barrage of strikes from top-position, forcing the referee to stop the contest.

Hofmann improves to 7-1 in his career, with seven straight victories.

Derrick Easterling also retained his championship in devastating fashion, knocking out inaugural Fight Farm Series winner Jiar Castillo in the second round.

Easterling floored Castillo in the opening minute of the second round, who brought the fight to the champion in the opening stanza, before ending the fight with brutal hammerfists.

Easterling successfully defends the URCC flyweight title for the first time after winning it back in January of 2017.

Fan-favorite Do Gyeom Lee of South Korea needed only a round to submit Jojo Orao to retain the URCC featherweight belt.

Lee grounded Orao from the opening bell, before capturing the Pinoy's back and securing the Rear Naked Choke.

The South Korean grappler successfully defends his title for a second straight time, pushing his winning streak to three straight.

In the strawweight championship match, defending titleholder Fritz Biagtan dominated Solomon Dultra en route to a third round stoppage win. 

Biagtan outstruck and outgrappled Dultra before forcing the challenger to tap to strikes in the third frame. 
Mark Striegl also made a succesful return to the URCC cage, submitting Filipino MMA pioneer Andrew Benibe in the first round with a masterful Americana.

URCC XXX Complete Results

Chris Hofmann def. Robert Sothmann via Referee Stoppage (Strikes), 4:44 R1
Derrick Easterling def. Jiar Castillo via KO, 1:16 R2
Do Gyeom Lee def. Jojo Orao via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Fritz Biagtan def. Solomon Dultra via Referee Stoppage (Strikes), 3:55, R3
Caloy Baduria def. Mark Palomar via Submission (RNC) 3:18, R1
Mark Striegl def. Andrew Benibe via Submission (Americana), 0:53, R1
John Adajar def. Jet Hermida via Submission 1:46, R2
Kiko Matos def. Billy Jack Sanchez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), 2:15 R1
Ernesto Montilla def. Nilo Vidal via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), 3:12, R2



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