Chan squares off with UFC veteran Chope in URCC 81

Chan and Chope

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 December 6 at the Okada Manila in Parañaque City.

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

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

“I fight for them, they are my motivation,” he said, referring to his son Jotam (15) and daughters 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 9-5 won-lost with six knockouts and three by submissions, said he has fought foreigners before, giving him added confidence against Chope in the main event of the card sponsored by Winzir and presented by Okada Manila. Josef Ramos

“I’m already unbeaten since 2016 and I’m not worried facing taller rivals,” said Chan, who at 5-foot-10, is five inches shorted that Chope who is known for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu style.

The other main fight is URCC’s signature 3 Versus 3 where Team Philippines of Sugar Ray “Mammoth” Estroso, Caloy “Bad Boy” Baduria and Boss Bullet Manliclic taking on South Koreans Jeong Minhun, Choi Wontae and Jeon Youngjun.

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In the MMA undercards, Dunlee Stewart faces John Tirona at 170 lbs, Gester Maglaque meets Mariano Jones at 185 lbs, Kimbert Alintozon battles Junie Kimayong at 125 lbs affair, Rhyle Lugo clashes with Alex Aballe t 145 lbs and Eros Baluyot sees action against MJ Abrillo at 125 lbs.

Bare-knuckle action pits Damsa Abrenica against Joseph “King Pinoy” Cabral, Dondon Serrano against Sherwin Niro and Denzel Dimaguila against Mark Jalaron.


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