UGD 40: Escobarre v Munson
After a record-breaking event in Knights Court a week ago, Underground quickly jumps back to the Camden Centre for another round of fights this Saturday night. Two title-fights cap off a strong main card that features a mix of highly touted newcomers, former champions and future contenders.
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**MW Title Fight**
Pablo "Candyman" Escobarre (18-3, 10-0 UGD) v Robert Munson (7-2-1, 3-0-1 UGD)
What more can be said of the 2-year (Tycoon time) run Pablo Escobarre has had since arriving at UGD? Besides a DQ Decision victory against the much-maligned Roland De Roncevaux before his retirement, Escobarre has finished all nine of his opponents while defending his Middleweight title six times. The fabled Swedish champion puts his World Class boxing and dangerous guard to the test one more time against another surging contender in Robert Munson. After starting out his professional career with 2 losses, Munson switched management and is undefeated in his last 8 appearances. The kickboxer had a chance to show every inch of his will in his last two scraps – a pair of tightly contested standup wars against the talented King Harrison – and will look to continue that momentum and press the champion with a variety of kicks while trying to avoid any extended ground exchanges. Can Escobarre continue his reign of dominance over UGD’s Middleweight throne, or will a new king emerge?
**LW Title Fight**
Fook “Mi” Man (9-3, 4-0 UGD) v Troy “Super” Hooper (15-7, 6-2 UGD)
Our co-main event will see another champion looking to begin his own reign, as Fook Man defends his Lightweight title for the first time in a rematch against Troy Hooper. Our most androgynous champion controlled the standup exchanges in their first encounter, a 3-round number one contender bout at UGD 31. The Japanese striker will look to do the much of the same, but should have even more confidence in his kicks after dropping Hooper with a headkick in their first meeting. Hooper, on the other hand, needs to regain the magic he had in his first title run for the promotion. A flawless 4-fight run saw the Aussie star defend the lightweight title twice in dominating fashion. Since then, a few losses have dampened an otherwise successful promotional career. The well-rounded martial artist needs to find a way to mix in his takedowns and keep the champion on his heels; otherwise, this may look very similar to their first encounter.
Fifth "EmoTurtle" Fist (14-4, 3-1 UGD) v “Charming” Charles Richmond (20-11, 12-10 UGD)
A shell of his former self, local hero Charles Richmond brings his charm and willingness to fight anyone anywhere to the UGD cage once again, as he takes on the unassuming but dangerous, Fifth Fist. Once a renowned champion and Choke Hall of Famer, Richmond is definitely on the back-end of his career. Is he fighting for pride or a paycheque? We might never know, but 7 losses in his last 11 fights is a disturbing trend that has triggered some doubt into whether his career should continue. Regardless, his American opponent isn’t looking to be the steppingstone to some late-career resurgence. “EmoTurtle” compliments his top-shelf boxing with some incredibly heavy hands and is a threat to anyone in the Heavyweight division. Reportedly still only a Blue Belt in jiu-jitsu, Fifth Fist is a throwback to the roots of fighting and is emerging as a new fan favourite for the organization.
Knut "Starhammer" Paulsen (13-7, UGD Debut) v Marco Ferreira (18-6, UGD Debut)
Another featured Heavyweight bout sees two world-class veterans making their promotional debuts, as Knut Paulsen takes on Marco Ferreira in a rematch years in the making. The Brazilian striker, Ferreira, bested his Norwegian counterpart for the Havoc Heavyweight Title over 4 years (Tycoon Time) ago at Causing Havoc 44. His dominant reign at Havoc sparked a run of success that continued into the Legacy and CFC organizations before bringing him to our own surging promotion. Paulsen followed a similar career path of through Legacy and CFC and feels that destiny has given him to a chance to finally avenge a 66-second loss. Both fighters have improved immensely but retain the same styles they owned in their first encounter. Will fate crash again, or can Paulsen turn the tides and ride a wave of his own success?
Jerry "Hurricane" Haze (14-4, 0-2 UGD) v Wu Fei Chung (8-3, 7-2 UGD)
Two former stars looks to halt their first career losing streaks in another important rematch, as Jerry Haze takes on Wu Fei Chung. The former Featherweight champion from Hong Kong mixed in some timely takedowns in a tightly contested decision victory in their first encounter. The victory sprung Chung into another title shot, but two straight losses have humbled an otherwise confident and talented fighter. Jerry Haze, the gifted kickboxer out of Cambridge, came into UGD with a ton of hype and promise but has yet to fulfill those lofty expectations. A pair of close decision losses to talented training partners has set up a third in a must-win situation for the former Highland Games champion. This fight was purposely placed to kick off our main card, as fans and pundits alike expect another impeccable display of mixed martial arts between the two.