Actors Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos will be among the awardees to be honored at the 2018 Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) Hall of Fame Awards. To be held on July 31, 2018 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, this will be the first edition of the sports awards ceremony launched by URCC Global.
The URCC played a key role in popularizing mixed martial arts in the Philippines, kicking off its inaugural event at the Casino Filipino Ampitheater in Paranaque City, Metro Manila on November 23, 2002. Founded by Filipino Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Alvin Aguilar, the promotion has since become a breeding ground for world-class Filipino fighters who have charted their own respective legacies in the global MMA arena.
On June 25, 2016, Geisler and Matos made headlines with their impromptu cage match at “URCC Fight Night: Bigwasan Na!” at Valkyrie in BGC. After two rounds, the bout ended in a draw with all the three judges coming up with identical scores of 19-19.
At the first URCC Hall of Fame Awards, Geisler and Matos will receive a citation as the fighters in the first celebrity fight of the URCC. Other awardees include 11-time world boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao for boxing, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez for fencing, Makati 1st District Representative Monsour del Rosario for taekwondo and Senator Miguel Zubiri for arnis.
In 2018, the URCC makes its foray towards global domination with the creation of URCC Global, spearheaded by its new chairman Arnold Vegafria. Under its strengthened leadership, the organization hopes to penetrate the Southeast Asian region and forge long-term partnerships with its Asian affiliates, and eventually assemble a contingent of iconic fighters willing to compete head on with their Caucasian counterparts.
The URCC Hall of Fame Awards is a prestigious black-tie event envisioned to honor the organization’s best and brightest luminaries. Expected VIP guests include former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Frank Shamrock and International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) President Kerrith Brown.
Meanwhile, here is an interview with Aguilar in 2017 about the bout between Geisler and Matos: