By Rafael Bandayrel
Local hero Mark “Mugen” Striegl steamrolled Do Gyeom Lee in the main event of URCC Colossal to become the new URCC Featherweight champion, Saturday, Sep. 29, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Striegl wasn’t intimidated by Lee’s aggression as he took the South Korean down and immediately assumed a favorable position by transitioning to side control. Lee attempted to roll out of Striegl’s grasp but the Baguio native saw an opening and slapped on a guillotine choke.
After struggling for position, Lee was able to find his footing but failed to shrug off Striegl who was still squeezing on his neck. Striegl – who was smelling blood midway in the first round – turned the pressure up by pushing his opponent against the fence.
Refusing to give up, Lee passed out as Striegl cranked on his neck on a standing guillotine position. The referee stopped the championship headliner at the 2:44 mark of the opening round.
“I can’t lose in Manila, guys. I can’t lose in Manila,” the newly-minted Featherweight champion said during the post-fight interview.
Sugar Ray Estroso earned the heavyweight strap via unanimous decision against Caloy Baduria in the co-main event. “The Mammoth” outclassed Baduria, who had a hard time defending himself after suffering a right arm injury late in the first round.
Unable to use his notorious right hand, Baduria soldiered through the five rounds as Estroso peppered him with jabs and heavy blows to the head.
Also changing hands is the URCC women’s flyweight title following Ji Yeon Seo’s submission victory over Geli Bulaong. The Korean utilized her long limbs to prevent Bulaong from inflicting damage once the fight shifted to the ground.
Seo capitalized on an opportunity and locked in a triangle choke on the Filipina who was forced to tap before making it out first round.