Mark “The Ruthless” Alcoba, 27, was one of the winners at “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” the first event of URCC Global in 2019. It was his second victory in the Philippines-based mixed martial arts promotion.
Featuring 10 MMA matches, which included four title bouts, “URCC Global: Raw Fury” took place at The Cove at Okada Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2019. The third bout of the evening was a featherweight contest between Alcoba and Danilo Sarmiento Jr., 25, who are both fighting out of the Philippines.
After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Alcoba, who was declared the winner via split decision making him the first fighter to defeat Sarmiento in a professional MMA bout.
Originally, Sarmiento was set to fight Shaqueme Rock, 25, of Malaysia and the United Kingdom. The latter had to pull from the card due to visa issues and was replaced by Alcoba.
Including Sarmiento and Alcoba, 17 hometown heroes competed at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.” The other countries represented were China, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States.
Alcoba has been competing professionally since 2015. “URCC Global: Raw Fury” marked his second URCC Global bout.
When Alcoba made his professional MMA debut at “URCC Fight Night 2” on March 28, 2015 at the El Palacio Hotel in Noveleta, Cavite, Philippines, it was also his URCC Global debut. He knocked out Dindo Camansa of the Philippines via punch.
Sarmiento has been competing professionally since 2015. He made his URCC Global debut at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.”
Winning at “URCC Global: Raw Fury” improved Alcoba’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Sarmiento now has 3 wins and 1 loss.
More photos from Alcoba and Sarmiento are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the bout here: