It’s handbags at dawn in the Far East!
As Fight Sport Asia reported last night, Legend FC VIII has been cancelled, and the promotion has found itself in a fight instead of promoting several; their battle being of the legal variety, with China’s RUFF and Filipinos URCC the claimants. Today, in a shocking press release, this spat intensified as URCC reacted to their newfound rivalry with sudden alacrity, their founder Alvin Aguilar taking to the public stage to openly denounce Legend and several others involved in this ignominious beef.
Included in this most candid of official press releases, are allegations of law breaking, unlawful solicitation of and “illegal and unethical hiring of fighters” contracted to URCC, Hepatitis (I kid you not), criminal matchmaking, failing to comply with regulations, hiring blacklisted trainers, and even claiming that “every (Filipino) is for sale in this country”… this is the epitome of airing dirty laundry.
Here is his/URCC’s official statement;
“URCC Founder Alvin Aguilar, founder of one of Asia’s longest running MMA promotions filed three cases with the Games and Amusement Board against Michael Haaskamp and his promotion Legend FC. The cases being filed are regarding:
1.) Illegal and unethical hiring of fighters under contract with the URCC. (It was also noted that they overmatched a poor Filipino fighter from the province who didn’t know any better, to make his own veteran fighters look good.)
2.) Bringing legally registered Professional fighters outside the country without complying with any of the GAB’s requirements. Totally disregarding all of its rules and regulations
3.) Hiring trainers who are blacklisted and unlicensed by the GAB. One trainer he enlisted, Marciano Basas, was denied a fighter and trainer license as he has Hepatitis and a series of other sicknesses that may be passed on.
When asked for comment URCC Founder Alvin Aguilar said: “These foreigners think they can just come in and disregard the rules of our country and take advantage of our countrymen, and our efforts to promote Filipino MMA fighters around the world. Now that Philippine MMA is mainstream because of the URCC’s efforts, all sorts of foreigners are trying to make a quick buck off the efforts of OUR COUNTRYMEN. They even blatantly said that everyone is for sale here in our country. Well I’m sorry to say that we are not and this commission definitely is not for sale. I have personally dealt with them for ten years and they never asked me for a dime! They will learn to respect the rules here, all of the so-called Filipinos that supposedly support them (if any) should be hung up on a tree alongside these foreigners. As the founder of professional mixed martial arts in the Philippines, I am duty bound to protect my fighters and ensure that all the laws regarding and protecting them are followed. We will not standby and let these foreigners take advantage of anyone here. If ever I do meet them they will also learn the true meaning of BAKBAKAN NA!!!!””
We await a response from the suddenly embattled Legend FC.