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Ray Quintana: Will Chope is on his way out, I’m on my way in

Ray Quintana, Mark Striegl, Jerry Legaspi

Ray Quintana, Mark Striegl, Jerry Legaspi

Australian Top Team’s Ray “Razor” Quintana, 22, is making his Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) debut in August 2018 at “URCC 35” in Manila, Philippines where he is set to face veteran fighter Will “The Kill” Chope, 27, of Sacramento, California. This will be the 11th bout of the American contender in the promotion.

With 34 wins and 14 losses, Chope has a lot more experience in the cage than Quintana, who has 4 wins and 1 loss. But this does not seem to scare the Filipino-Australian fighter.

“He’s a great fighter and has reached the ultimate goal with his career,” Quintana said of Chope. “He’s fought in the UFC and has fought the current champ Max Holloway. He’s a veteran.”

“But as far as I’m concerned, he is on his way out, I’m on my way in,” Quintana continued. “That in itself is going to play a big factor with this fight and separate the two of us.”

Aside from the URCC, Chope has fought in several promotions. He fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) once and his opponent was Max “Blessed” Holloway, 26, of Hawaii, who went on to become the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion.

Chope and Holloway competed on the preliminary card of “UFC Fight Night 34” in the featherweight division on January 4, 2014. Holloway knocked out Chope via punches in the second round.

In the URCC, Chope won 9 out of 10 bouts. His most recent bout in the promotion was on January 7, 2017 at “URCC 29: Conquest” where he was submitted by Fabricio “Guerreiro” de Assis Costa da Silva, 27, of Brazil via armbar.

Headlining “URCC 35” are reigning URCC Featherweight Champion “Undead” Do Gyeom Lee, 28, of South Korea and Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 29, of the Philippines. Both Striegl and Quintana are training at Fist Gym under the tutelage of Jerry Legaspi.

“He is hungry to fight and represent the Philippines, his own town,” Legaspi said of Quintana. The coach described the Filipino-Australian fighter as a “cool person” and an “awesome and humble fighter.”

Watch how Quintana knocked out his fellow Australian Kosta “Madman” Masmanidis in the seventh second of the first round here:


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