Fans might find this strange, but Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) founder Alvin Aguilar wants controversial showbiz personality Baron Geisler and indie actor Kiko Matos to settle their differences first before they engage in a cage fight.
A video of the two getting into a bar brawl went viral online, leading to an official mixed martial arts (MMA) match on June 25.
But Aguilar, whose URCC promotion will sanction the match, said he won’t hesitate to shelve the bout if the two won’t mend fences.
“Magbati muna sila and because we don’t want to make it appear that we’re glorifying street fighting and everything,” Aguilar said in an interview with Spin.
“Kaya I will make sure na magkakasundo muna sila. The reason why we are doing this is after the fight, magkakamay ulit sila at magkakainuman na,” he added. “People kasi are glorifying street fighting eh. Para hindi na ma-glorify 'yan, we do it properly. We have to be socially responsible.”
Geisler and Matos had an altercation during a fundraising event at a bar in Quezon City.
In the viral video, Geisler was seen trying to shake hands with Matos, when the indie actor suddenly punched him. The two were then restrained by onlookers. Geisler claimed the indie actor was harassing a bartender, which was denied by Matos.
The Geisler-Matos fight is included in the fight card to be headlined by the clash between Chris Hoffman and Arvin Chang.
Aguilar admitted that the grudge match caused a spike in ticket sales, which is why they have decided to move the event to a bigger venue, the Valkyrie Grounds at Uptown Bonifacio instead of the Palace Pool Club.
“Right now, demand on tickets begin to shoot up. It’s also the reason why we moved to a new venue, Valkyrie,” he said.
Aguilar, however, said they will use the interest to discourage senseless violence.
“We send a strong message that we are not condoning street fighting and anything like that, kailangang magbati talaga sila,” he said.
Aguilar said they are currently rushing the contract for Gielser and Matos for the fight to push through.
Proceeds of the card will go to charity, he said.
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