MERCADO subdued Vergara in “The Wait” MMA main event

Clinch. Renan Noblefranca (red/white/blue trunks) and Jestoni Borres (purple trunks) clinched at the middle of the cage while contemplating on their next move. Noblefranca won the match on points despite nursing a broken nose in the main featured muay thai bout of "The Wait" MMA/Muay Thai promotion in Buanoy, Balamban.

CEBU City, Philippines –Joseph “The Wolf” Mercado of the Tribe Calamian/Yaw-Yan Ardigma made a short workout for submission victory by a rear-naked choke maneuver over Edmund “The Slasher” Vergara of the Black Panther MMA in just 46 seconds of the first round in the main event of the “The Wait” MMA/Muay Thai promotion of the Yaw-Yan Ardigma, Muay Thai Association of the Philippines and Lapunti Arnis de Abanico International Original Caburnay System on Dec. 30 in Buanoy, Balamban.

The Coron, Palawan native Mercado did not wait much longer as he took the match to the ground shortly after the opening bell. And after a few seconds of resistance, the Mandaue City native striker was forced to tap out after failing to untangle from steel-like arms that choked his neck.

“Swerte lang at na shoot kaagad ang bisig ko sa leeg nya. Dinala ko kaagad sa ground kasi balita ko malakas sa striking kalaban ko. Kaya nung may pagkataon, agad kong ti-nake down,” Mercado told iNews.PH after the match.

Meanwhile, Renan “Limbas” Noblefranca of Yaw-Yan Ardigma survived a bleeding nose to beat Jestoni “Silencer” Borres of JB Dream Fitness Gym on points in the main event of the Muay Thai contests.

Noblefranca, endured a broken nose caused by a head butt in the opening round as he kept his balance and focus with a precise round-house kick to the body of Borres to score a unanimous nod from the judges.

The MMA bouts did not last long as the other matches did not reached the three rounds schedule.

Nino Rio “Pit Bull” Saoy of Lapu-Lapu City scored a submission win via ground and pound at the 3:19mark of the second round over Mark Antholene “Balaba” of Iligan City, Christian “The Eagle” Tabunag Team Ken MMA scored a knockout win over Alsharidz Damlani of Two Edge MMA at the 1:14 mark of the first round; Harold “The Spriggan” Tabalino of Project X Team Cebu also scored a ground and pound win over Mark “The Silencer” Otida of Aramas MMA Society.

Beethoven Quijano of Two-Edged MMA also won by tap out via ground and pound victory over Ruben Amoin of Durex Dragon MMA at the 2:15 mark of the first round and Albert Garnica of the 7-Stars MMA defeated Ariel Regodon of SSAR Team MMA via tap out at the 1:19 of the first round.

          While the results of the other Muay Thai bouts Michael “The Undisputed” Rebayos beating Laurence “Bruce Lee” Bendijito on points, Jeson Maranga scored an RSC – Head over Edgar Huete at the 2:12 of the second round, Ramon Gabriel Delos Reyes forced Laurence Lee “Bulawi” Ramirez to quit on his stool at the start of the third round, Kim Bisbal also scored an RSC-Head win over Isaac Torres at the 1:59 of the first round.

Emmanuel Aron “Baby Face Assassin” Plaza scored a retirement win over Denmark “Kauban” Comaingking at the 2:37 mark of the second round, Ken Caburnay scored an RSC-Body win in 41seconds of the second round against Albert Ramirez and Jether Pio Jr. defeated Edgar Caburnay Jr. on points in the curtain-raiser match./RCM




Aftermath. MMA main event protagonists Joseph “The Wolf” Mercado of Tribe Calamian/Yaw-Yan Ardigma (right) and Edmund “The Slasher” Vergara of Black Panther MMA posed for a photograph after the short main feature match of “The Wait” MMA/Muay Thai Promotion in Buanoy, Balamban.


Tap out! Edmund Vergara (blue tape) was forced to tap out after he failed to escape from the steel-like arms of Joseph Mercado (red tape) on his neck at the 46 seconds mark of the first round. The Mercado-Vergara match was the main event of the MMA bouts of the “The Wait” MMA/Muay Thai Promotion in Buanoy, Balamban.