Mariano Jones needed just 42 seconds to put away Caloy Baduria with a submission at URCC 86. The outspoken LGBTQ advocate, who identifies as bisexual, extended his undefeated record at the expense of the Filipino veteran.
While there was joy for Jones it was a bitter way to sign-off for Baduria who retired immediately afterwards. He has spent his entire career with the URCC but was returning after a five year absence.
The hiatus did the veteran no favours as Jones shot for an early takedown and brought him to the canvas. Baduria must surely have seen footage of the fight at URCC 84 which the Costa Rican won with an Americana.
But it is one thing knowing which submissions the 26 year old favours and another preventing him from securing them. Baduria proved powerless to prevent Jones from finishing a second fight in succession with an Americana.
He’s now won back-to-back fights with this submission. Baduria bids farewell having amassed an 11-7-1 record while Jones improves to 3-0.
Afterwards he asked for a shot at the URCC’s middleweight title
“I wish Caloy the best in retirement and I like the guy, but they call me the Hitman for a reason. I have no emotion in the cage. Feels good, very thankful for the opportunity given to me by URCC and I hope to get a title shot for my next fight.”
Baduria made headlines in the buildup to URCC 86 when he openly discussed his interest in transsexuals. He described himself as bisexual and is one of the first fighters in Asian MMA to come out in support of the LGBTQ community.
Jones has a very quick turnaround. He is competing in Sacheon on Saturday and will face undefeated Korean Kyu Hyung Kim in the main event of AFC 26.
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While Filipino fans might not have enjoyed the main event they did get to witness one local fighter beating a foreign opponent. Mark Gatmaitan (2-2) needed less than a minute to stop Tristan De Mena.