Preview: CJ De Tomas vs. Alvin Ramirez for the URCC Flyweight Championship
URCC 28: Vindication will feature four title bouts. Four warriors will cement and defend their place as the Champions of their divisions.
Featherweight title holder Do Gyeom Lee will go in a war with Ryan Dela Cruz as the maint event. CJ 'The Golden Boy' De Tomas vs. Alvin 'Kastigo' Ramirez is the co-headliners of the night. The two will compete in a flyweight championship bout. This match up between these fighters who have well rounded game is a sure-fire Fight of the Night. Both can do thang on the ground as well as stand up. De Tomas and Ramirez are both hungry so when they smell blood, they are going in for the finish.
19 year old Iloilo native, CJ 'The Golden Boy' De Tomas was crowned the new URCC Flyweight Champion by a unanimous decision win over Hideo 'Death From Tokyo' Morikawa just last April 23, 2016 at URCC 27: Rebellion. On top of that, he also avenged the loss of his father to Morikawa. Therefore, he fought his heart out. De Tomas was regarded as as Asia's youngest champion by the majority of the organizing bodies for MMA here in Asia. He has an unblemished 6-0-0 record. CJ made his URCC debut at Dutdutan 2012.
When he decided to pursue a career in MMA, he already told himself that when he starts his career he should have a belt when he turn 18 yrs. old. And that by his early 20’s he hopes to get into the UFC(Ultimate Fighting Championship). Then, what happened was, he already won a belt when he was 18. But, it was on WLC(Warrior’s League Championship). CJ believes that the URCC is a proving ground with stacked competition and he thinks that this organization(URCC) will help him propel up in Asian MMA rankings and help him be noticed by his dream organization, the UFC(Ultimate Fighting Championship).
Early in his pro career, he truly wanted to be a pinweight champion in URCC. But, he got heavier and now he’s fighting at 129 lbs, flyweight division. He really wants to get in the UFC. But, you know what they say. “Everything begins with a single step that’s why I decided to start here in URCC.” The Golden Boy will defend his flyweight title for the first time next month when he takes on Alvin 'Kastigo' Ramirez. The Golden Boy will face another toughest test, Kastigo who has more than three times as many fights than him. Ramirez has yet to be finished by his opponents since making his pro debut seven years ago.
The challenger will finally get what he has been working so hard for, a shot at the Champ. Alvin “Kastigo” Ramirez is definitely a synonymous name when it comes to Philippine MMA, now the current #1 URCC Flyweight contender, Ramirez got his rank by beating flyweight star, Carlo “The Samurai” Laurel in their 3-round title contender bout also last April 23, 2016 at URCC 27: Rebellion. The Samurai was leading the scorecards during their fight due to relentless takedowns and amazing striking combinations. Then, once Kastigo got his groove on everything suddenly changed. Kastigo timed a high kick after a 1-2 towards the temple of Laurel and made a HUUUUUUGE cut that made a stream of blood come out of Laurel’s eyebrow. Kastigo’s confidence is at an all-time high because of his HUGE win against Carlo “The Samurai” Laurel and that he’s training back again here in the Philippines and reunited with his master, Coach Rey Yap. A former world champion kickboxer and has been leading Yaw-Yan Buhawi, a tight-knit martial arts team that produced championship-calibre fighters such as Eddie “Balong” Estrada and Jet Hermida just to name a few. Ramirez (7-8-0) may not have as stellar a record as De Tomas, but he definitely has the experience, the drive, the tenacity and he always comes to fight. With training camp or not, he’s always ready to go.
After failing to capture the then-vacant flyweight tile against Hideo Morikawa at URCC 26: Domination way back in 2015, Ramirez gets another crack at URCC gold against one of the promotion’s youngest up and coming star. Will he finally fulfill his destiny to be champion or will De Tomas remain the flyweight king? Have your say! Find out on URCC 28: Vindication, November 6 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Resorts World, Manila.