Chan eyes URCC interim belt vs Chope

Published November 27, 2022, 9:35 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

Veteran mixed martial artist Arvin Chan eyes a big win against American former UFC campaigner Will “The Kill” Chope for the interim welterweight belt in the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) 81 Decades of Success (DOS) on Dec. 6 at the Okada Manila in Parañaque City.

Coming from an inspiring first round stoppage victory against Norwegian Abdi Farah in the United Arab Emirates Warriors 33 last September, the 33-year-old wrestler and striker from Zamboanga City is really excited to face a seasoned veteran fighter like Chope (38-18 record with 25 submissions).

“It’s a big event on my part to fight in one of the main events in URCC 81 and face Will Chope who already fought in the UFC and other promotions. I’m not nervous but excited to do my best and win that fight so I have to train smarter,” Chan, a father of three kids, said. 

“I fight for them, they are my motivation,” he said, referring to his two daughters and son — Jotam (15), JD (14) and Kyla (9). “As a single parent, I raise them and send them to school. I want them to be successful in life.”

Chan, who is sporting 9-5 win-loss record with six knockouts and three by submissions, said he is already familiar fighting fighters from overseas that’s why he’s not bothered by a foreign threat in the main event bout sponsored by Winzir and presented by Okada Manila.

“Since 2016, I am already unbeaten and not worried facing taller rivals,” the 5-foo-10 Chan added, who will be giving away a five-inch height advantage against 6-foot-4 Chope who is known for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu style.

The other main event of the night is URCC’s very own 3 Versus 3, where Team Philippines of Sugar Ray “Mammoth” Estroso, Caloy “Bad Boy” Baduria and Boss Bullet Manliclic taking up against South Koreans Jeong Minhun, Choi Wontae and Jeon Youngjun..

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In MMA undercard bouts, Dunlee Stewart will face John Tirona in 170 lbs bout followed by Gester Maglaque to meet Mariano Jones in 185 lbs bout, Kimbert Alintozon will battle Junie Kimayong in 125 lbs affair, Rhyle Lugo will clash against Alex Aballe in 145 lbs, and Eros Baluyot will see action against MJ Abrillo in the 125 lbs bout. 

In the thrilling bare-knuckle actions, Damsa Abrenica meets Joseph “King Pinoy” Cabral while Dondon Serrano squares off with Sherwin Niro and Denzel Dimaguila fights Mark Jalaron.