The first-ever home grown PXC champion Ale “The Young Gun” Cali now improved his pro MMA record to 5-1 and retains his flyweight title by defeating the very tough Erwin Tagle via TKO in the 3rd round (Doctor Stoppage).
Tagle’s supporters were unbelievable, they were everywhere in the coliseum last night screaming for Tagle’s name. Tagle came out very strong in the early minutes of the first round, throwing and connecting some powerful kicks to Cali’s head and body. But Cali showed us why he is the PXC flyweight champion and overcame the early storm from Tagle’s offense by dancing around the cage and connecting some of his own hard combinations.
Tagle exposed Cali’s weakness by repeatedly taking him down. The veteran Tagle was very methodical in the second round. He used his wrestling to take Ale down with ease and he even mounted the flyweight champion a couple of times. But the Davao native is too quick and too cocky for Tagle. The doctors decided to stopped the fight before the third rounds start to avoid Tagle from getting more punishment from the champion.
I really admire Erwin Tagle, he showed some heart and he still got it in my opinion. He is very dangerous both feet and on the ground, he just need to work harder to improve his stamina.
After the fight, Cali said during the interview that he will fight anyone in his division and he wants his next fight to happen in Guam.
In the other main event fight, Mark Striegl (12-0) impressively submits the veteran Harris Sarmiento (35-24-0), and in my opinion, just scored the biggest and most important win of his pro MMA career.
Striegl was an underdog coming to this fight, but he said in his recent interviews that he doesn’t care what people thinks, he just want to be the no. 1 in his division and he proved it last night by tapping out the PXC lightweight champion via he called “Fil-Americana”. He just simply overpowered Sarmiento in this fight and managed to keep his MMA record unblemished.
“Mugen” stated that he wants to fight the current featherweight champion of the PXC, Joe Taimanglo, which was in the cage side watching the action.
I really cannot wait to see Striegl vs. Taimanglo punching each other in the face in the near future. I even heard PXC CEO, EJ Calvo said “Striegl passed the test”. I think he just hinted that Striegl is the number 1 contender for Taimanglao’s title.
Another fighter managed to stay unbeaten as Dustin Kimura improves his record to (9-0) and recorded his first-ever KO win over a heavy-handed Guy Delumeau (16-8-3).
Everyone thought that this fight would go to the ground, but it didn’t turned out the way we predicted it. It was a bloody stand-up fight from first round up to the third.
Delumeau is known for his powerful hands and he displayed it in the first round when he connected some vicious right straight to the Hawaiian’s face. Kimura showed us that his all around game has greatly improved by showcasing his much improved striking. He was very slippery on the feet and he was able to land combinations after combinations to Delumeau.
Guy Delumeau looked so tired in the third while Kimura stayed crisp, sharp and dangerous in his striking. He connected a left hook to the body that dropped Delumeau and followed it up with right straight and a jaw-crushing right uppercut that knocked Delumeau out.
Kimura lived up to the hype and showed us that he is ready to compete with some of the best guys in his division like Mark Striegl, Christ Manuel and Joe Taimanglo.
PXC 34 not only gave us some badass fights, they introduced us to the new breed of young fighters who could be fighting for the belt in the near future.
Isiah Ordiz isplayed his boxing prowess against a Strikforce Challengers veteran, Tristan “Titay” Arenal to win via split decision and improved his record to 2-0. This was Ordiz’ second professional MMA fight and he looked very impressive.
Ordiz made his successful PXC debut at PXC 33 against Legacy Gym’s Kristoffer Persson last September. He told us the really didn’t prepare for that fight against Persson, “My coaches, team mates and manager didn’t know I was going to make my PXC debut.” He also added that before making his debut in PXC, he is working as a technical support personnel in a call center in Laguna, ” I’m not really prepared going to that fight against Persson because I have job and working for 12 hours.” He delivered very well against Persson and managed to edge him in the judges’ scorecards.
The San Pedro, Laguna native Ordiz said that winning over Tristan Arenal could put him into the upper echelon of PXC lightweight division. Watch out for this kid, he is for real!
PXC 34 Results:
Ale Cali def. Erwin Tagle via 3rd round TKO (Doctor stoppage)
Mark Striegl def. Harris Sarmiento via 1st round Submission (keylock)
Dustin Kimura def. Guy Delumeau via 3rd round KO (Punches)
Euguen Toquero def. Jerome Wanawan via 1st round TKO (Doctor stoppage)
Michinori Tanaka def. Russel Doane via 3rd round submission (RNC)
Hong Seung Chan def. Wu Qize via 1st round TKO (punches)
Wang Sai def. Glen Ranillo via 1st round TKO (verbal submission)
Kyle Aguon def. Steve Glandeza via 1st round submission (Armbar)
Louis Smolka def. Bryan To Hang Lam via 1st round submission (Armbar)
Dario Banario def. Ernesto Montilla via UD
Zebastian Kadestam def. Patrick Manicad via 1st round submission (RNC)
You can watch all PXC 34 fight video highlights here!