After setting their first event in the Philippines back in 2011, Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) has slowly becoming one of the most respected MMA promotions not only in the Philippines, but also in the whole of Asia.
With 2 PXC fighters being signed to The UFC in the last 3 months, PXC has certainly established itself as a promotion giving opportunities to the best fighters in the Asia-Pacific region.
PXC’s next event is set on 17 November 2012 in the 15,000 plus Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines for their 34th installment. It will be the biggest and most anticipated event in PXC history as some of the best MMA from different countries will collide in one of the biggest stadium in the Philippines.
Earlier today, PXC already announced the first three confirmed bouts for their November 17 card in the Philippines.
A totally unexpected match-up has been set between two half blooded-Filipinos as PXC lightweight champion, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento will once again, step down to the featherweight division to fight Filipino featherweight phenom, Mark “Mugen” Striegl.
Strielg is on mission right now to beat one of the most dangerous fighters in PXC roster, Harris Sarmiento. Striegl is a huge featherweight and always comes out with a very impressive performance every time he fights. Every time striegl’s inside the octagon, you can easily see that his built is bigger than any other fighters in his division, which he cleverly uses to impose his game plan; which is to take his opponent to the ground and submit them. “Mugen” is facing a really tough fighter in Sarmiento.
Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento captured the PXC lightweight strap last year when he submitted Ronnie Borja in the fourth round. Since then, no lightweight fighter in the PXC roster has come close on stealing Sarmiento’s title.
On October 29, 2011, Sarmiento challenged PXC featherweight champion, Joe Taimanglo for the strap but it seemed like Sarmiento had a hard time cutting weight which was I think, the reason why he came up short against Taimanglo on that night. I think Sarmiento will once again, try to run for the featherweight title when he faces a very scary fighter in Striegl.
Sarmiento has a bad ass striking and a very durable grappling in his arsenal . The Filipino-Hawaiian Sarmiento is a small lightweight compared to some other fighters in his weight division but this fighter has a big heart that is why he is the current champion in his division. Sarmiento got no quit in his game, he always comes forward to impose his game plan and he loves to break his opponent’s will.
Sarmiento vs. Striegl is going to be a gigantic fight as two great athletes will give their all for the fans.
Another exciting fight is set on November 17th in Smart Araneta Coliseum as the first-ever homegrown PXC champion, Ale “The Young Gun” Cali will make his first flyweight title defense against an ever dangerous veteran, Erwin Tagle.
Since capturing the flyweight strap on February 11, 2012 against Jesse Taitano, Cali has been sidelined due to an injury he sustained in practice. This fight with Tagle has already been set couple of months ago, but the Davao native has not been 100 percent to fight. That’s why PXC officials moved this exciting match-up on their biggest fight card to date on November 17th.
On the other hand, Submission Sport Philippines’ own, Erwin Tagle hasn’t fought for almost 6 years. But it doesn’t mean that this fighter will be an easy one for Cali. In fact, Tagle, in my opinion, is the most dangerous grappler in the PXC’s flyweight division. Many considered this guy as a very smart fighter inside the ring, he got speed and power behind his punches and kicks and he has this wicked submission holds that will surely make you tap once he’ll have the chance to apply it to you.
So this fight will be a 50-50. This won’t be an easy fight for Cali because in my opinion, this fight with Tagle is his toughest to date as he’ll go up against a fighter who has been considered as of the best flyweights in the Philippines a few years back.
I cannot wait to see this fight between to of the most explosive flyweight freaks in PXC roster.
Another flyweight fight is set to rock the “Big Dome” as two fast-rising fighters in the Philippines. Team Lakay’s Jerome Wanawan will go up against a heavy favorite fighter, Eugene Toquero.
Wanawan made his PXC debut on September 1st against a much experienced fighter in Victor Torre. Wanawan impressed the fans by throwing some wicked throws to take Torre down. He used his strength to beat the veteran Torre via 2nd round TKO victory.
Meanwhile, Wanawan’s next opponent, Euguene Toquero has been knocking his opponent out in a brutal fashion. This kid got some legit stand up and ground and pound weapon in his game. He can throw razor sharp elbows from your guard that will surely make you bleed badly. If you haven’t seen his fight against Victor Torre, I urge you to look for that video on YouTube. His recent win against Leonard Caliwa last September has definitely made him a force to be reckoned with in the PXC’s flyweight division.
I think this fight between Toquero and Wanawan will face the winner between Tagle and Cali. Don’t blink for this fight because these warriors will surely come out swinging in the first round and both fighters has the capability to knock their opponent out in any moment of the fight.
Also on the card, top Hawiian featherweight prospect, Dustin Kimura will be making his first international fight against a veteran fighter, Guy Delumeau.
Kimura is considered as one of top featherweights in Hawaii, he has an undefeated record of 8 wins 0 loss ( 1 TKO, 6 submission and 1 Decision).
This is an exciting match up because both guys are very talented and has a athletic. Kimura’s grappling will surely be his biggest advantage over Delumeau, he’ll surely try to take Delumeau down in the opening round and try to submit him. But Kimura should be better careful because Delumeau has a heavy hands. He throws his punches with bad intentions.