URCC champ Chris Hofmann calls Big Dome moment a dream come true
Santino Honasan on Aug 14, 2017 05:18 PM
"I mean, people who I don’t know came to watch me at the Araneta. It was really a dream come true."
Chris Hofmann ran up to the cage wall and sat there for a bit after stopping Robert Sothmann in the first round of their middleweight title fight at URCC XXX, Saturday evening.
The champ was soaking it all in as the crowd was cheering him on.
A seconds later, he saluted the fans and the members of the Philippine Armed Forces in attendance at the Araneta Coliseum.
Hofmann had just successfully defended his URCC middleweight strap for a second straight time.
More than that, he finally got his Araneta Coliseum moment.
Not as a PBA player, like he originally hoped, but as the URCC's reigning middleweight champion.
"I feel so relieved, I’m really happy, It’s so hard to describe. After I won, I saw my family, my friends, and just the crowd," Hofmann told ABS-CBN Sports. "I mean, people who I don’t know came to watch me at the Araneta. It was really a dream come true."
The Araneta Coliseum has a long and storied history in combat sports, most notably holding the "Thrilla in Manila", the third match in a trilogy between heavyweight boxing superstars Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Hofmann joins an elite list of Pinoy warriors have also plied their trade within the confines of the historic stadium in the heart of Cubao, including boxing legends such as Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, Donnie Nietes, and even Filipino MMA world champion Eduard Folayang.
Fittingly enough, this is Hofmann's first title defense at home, with his first one taking place in the United States.
While getting to fly the Philippine flag on foreign soil is an honor in itself, the Fil-Swiss prize fighter says that nothing compares to fighting on home soil.
"Well it’s always sweeter at home, the crowd was much bigger, because the URCC, here, is the biggest thing. In the US, we’re just starting, but it’s getting there,"
"But still, you can’t compare it to The Big Dome. You can’t compare it." Hofmann added.
With seven straight wins and two championships under his belt, there's no doubt that Hofmann is leaving his mark in the MMA world, six years after coming to the Philippines to play basketball.
With the current trajectory that he's on, Hofmann's dream of headlining in stadiums like the Araneta Coliseum and the Mall of Asia Arena could become a regular occurrence.