MMA vets fight in Balamban

THE Joseph Mercado vs. Edmund Vergara fight promises to be an exhilarating battle between two experienced MMA fighters in the main event of Cebu Fighting Championship - “The Wait” on Dec. 30, 2019 at the Buanoy Sports Complex in Brgy. Buanoy in Balamban, Cebu.

“This has the makings of a great fight because both of them are talented fighters. I think someone will get knocked out. This is a fight between two veteran fighters,” said Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu founder and CEO Master Benigno “Ekin” Cañiga, one of the promoters.

Mercado, who hails from Palawan but is fighting under the Yaw-Yan Ardigma banner, is a talented fighter that has vast experience in boxing, Muay Thai and MMA.

“I’m not behind in experience. I was into amateur boxing at 12 and turned pro in MMA in 2010,” said Mercado.

Though only listed with a 2-5 record, Mercado said he has a 20-5 slate with most of his fights not listed in MMA websites.

“My goal is to fight in the ONE Championship,” said Mercado.

Vergara was one of the pioneer MMA fighters of Cebu when Cañiga introduced the sport in the early 2000s.

“I’m in good condition and I’ll show an impressive performance,” said the veteran from Black Panther MMA.

The other main event is a Muay Thai fight between Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu’s Renan “Flash” Noblefranca and JB Dream Fitness Gym’s Tonix Borres.

After suffering a defeat in his comeback earlier this month, Noblefranca wants to get back his groove with a win over Borres.

“I haven’t fought for quite a while but I’m slowly coming back,” said Noblefranca, who had a six-year layoff.

Though Noblefranca is one of the most feared strikers in Cebu, Borres is up for the challenge.

“I know that he’s a tough opponent. I took this fight to test my abilities and where I am right now,” he said.

Niño Rio Saoy of Mactan Combat Sports locks horns with Iligan Gan Suo Do Pitbulls’ Mark Antholene Balaba in the MMA co-main event.

In the Muay Thai undercard, Edgar Caburbay Jr. faces off with Jether Pio Jr., Ken Caburnay takes on Mark Vincent Dono and Michael Rebayos is fighting Lourence Benduito.

In the MMA undercard, Albert Garnica slugs it out with Ariel Regodon, Edgar Huete locks horns with Jayson Cabradilla, Denmark Comaingking squares off with Emmanuel Aron Plaza, Kim Bisbal exchanges blows with Isaac Torres, Ruben Amoin is up against Bethoven Quijano, Harold Tabalino takes on Mark Otida, Christian Tabunag faces Alsharidz Damlani and Josh Ybañez opens up the show against Laurence Lee Ramirez.

The show also features arnis bouts, which is in line with the anniversary of Lapunti Arnis de Abanico Balamban of Grandmaster Edgar Caburnay. (EKA)