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Veteran Will Chope crowned URCC interim welterweight champ

Will Chope delivered some ground-and-pound action on Arvin Chan before submitting him with the rear naked choke. URCC
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Ivan Saldajeno

PARAƑAQUE—American Will Chope put his veteran smarts into play on Tuesday night as he submitted Filipino opponent Arvin Chan to become the interim URCC welterweight champion at URCC 81 at Okada Manila.

The 32-year-old Chope, who fought for the 57th time in his mixed martial arts career, quickly overturned an early disaster from Chan and even completed the turning of the tides on a whim as he is now holding the gold in the 170-pound division until John Adajar, the official champ, gets his clearance for an MMA return.

Chan surprised Chope as he scored the first takedown of the fight, but the Filipino could not follow up on the initiation and the American quickly stood up and forced a takedown of his own.

Chan struggled to get out of Chope's ground game control, and the latter performed a rear naked choke that forced the former to tap out at the 1:45 mark of the very first round.

Chope, making his URCC return after five years, improved to 39-18, scoring his 26th submission win in the process.

Chan, on the other hand, saw his seven-fight winning streak snapped and fell to 7-7.

In the headliner, Jeong Min-Hun ended up as the sole survivor as Team South Korea defeated Team Philippines in a 3-on-3 action.

Jeong's heft and height were just too much for Filipino Caloy Baduria as the former knocked out the latter just before the first round of the heated encounter, the latest installment in the URCC's unique feature, ended.

Things quickly got chippy midway through the round when Jeon Young-Jun stomped Bullet Manliclic while the latter was on the ground, causing him disqualification.

Manliclic, already bloodied due to damages taken from Choi Won-Tae, was also ruled out for the rest of the contest.

After a long lull in play, Choi and Sugar Ray Estroso, injuring themselves during the battle were also sent off the cage, leaving only Jeong and Baduria to slug it out.

However, Jeong quickly staggered Baduria with a flurry of punches, and eventually, referee Joey Lepiten had seen enough and put a stop to the contest.

In other MMA results, Kimbert Alintozon defeated Junie Kimayong via submission, Rhyle Lugo knocked out Alex Aballe, Eros Baluyot edged Mark Abrillo also by KO, Dunlee Stewart defeated John Tirona by knockout as well and Mariano Jones KO'd Gester Manlaque.

On the other hand, the three bare-knuckle boxing bouts scheduled in the card all ended up in knockouts. Mark Jalaron beat Denzel Dimaguila in the first round, Joseph Cabral also needed one round to finish Raymond Abrenica, and Dondon Serrano knocked out Sherwin Niro in the second round.

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