PHP1M prize pool, possible shot at URCC glory at stake in Prodigy Progression Series

URCC president Alvin Aguilar officially launched the Prodigy Progression Series. Joseph Sanvictores
By Ivan Saldajeno

PARANAQUE--Upstart mixed martial arts fighters converge for a huge cash prize and hopefully a shot at making it to the URCC's main roster in the Prodigy Progression Series.

The said MMA fight series was formally introduced to reporters present at the Dynasty Fight Club here on Friday ahead of a major tournament.

"In this format, we're going to make sure that we will be giving the highest payday ever in Philippine MMA history for all the winners," URCC president Alvin Aguilar said, referring to a PHP1 million prize pool.

The champion of each division will take home half of the pot, that is, PHP500,000, while the other finalist takes home PHP300,000 and the third placer will win PHP200,000.

"This will be a big life changer for a lot of fighters," Aguilar further said.

The fighters are divided into four weight classes, the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight categories.

While amateur rules will be applied in the PPS, Aguilar is looking at the possibility that the champions in the PPS will eventually get their first pro contracts in the URCC.

"We're giving them very very good contracts," Aguilar continued.

"Now, we promote a platform where it will become self-sustaining hopefully. All the fighters can benefit, and later on, we can actually give them good careers in MMA."

All the fights will be streamed live on the IWantTFC app, and Aguilar bared that they are currently working on a national television deal to air the said battles.

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