Journeyman Richie Redman found a second home in Fist Gym shortly before taking on the challenge of fighting former UFC veteran Will ‘The Kill’ Chope for the vacant lightweight belt in the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) last April 23, 2016 at the Marriot Grand Ballroom in Resorts World Manila.
Photo credits: Yin Quintin
With 29 fights under his belts, Chope displayed both skills and savvy, making short work of Legacy Gym Boracay’s ‘Cannibal’ and submitting Redman via rear-naked choke in just under three minutes of the first round.
The latter shares on his prefight preparation in addition to cross-training at Fist for BJJ and MMA: “I did a lot of cardio, conditioning. Besides my team, I also trained with Muay Thai Association of the Philippines (MAP), the Philippine Team for my Muay Thai, and Insider Boxing Gym for my boxing.”
The underdog, known for his wrestling and Muay Thai standup, showed some guts, opting to charge Chope with aggressive strikes early on.
Posted by: Carol Pajaron