PXC 35 is set on February 16, 2013 at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines with a fight card full of MMA warriors who will try to once again, impress the Filipino and the global audience as well.
Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento, after a very disappointing loss to Mark Striegl last November, is back and ready to defend his lightweight belt against a very talented young fighter from Laguna, Philippines, Isaiah Ordiz.
In the co-main event of the evening, Japanese submission ace, Michinori Tanaka will try to stay unbeaten as he takes on the ever exciting and the current PXC featherweight champion, Joe “The Juggernaut” Taimanglo for the interim PXC bantamweight title.
Another match-up that everybody is talking about is a flyweight contender bout between WEC and Strikeforce veteran, Alvin Cacdac and Hawaiian Louis Smolka. Cacdac looks to stay unbeaten inside the PXC cage against a very athletic Smolka. He is coming off a very impressive submission victory over Rex Wa-o last July of 2012 at PXC 31. On the flip side, fresh from his submission win over Bryan To Hang Lam on November, Louis Smolka is facing his toughest opponent to date against Cacdac. Whoever wins this bout will put himself in the no. 1 spot for Ale Cale’s flyweight title.
There are ton of up-and-coming fighters who are also returning to get themselves closer to the title contention and one of them is Team Lakay’s Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag. After Jon delos Reyes handed Bantiag his first career loss at PXC 33, “The Hunter” is all set to scrap and this time, he aims to not only win, but to win in an impressive fashion. But that might be a hard thing to do as he will face a fellow up-and-coming fighter in Tony Reyes of Guam. Reyes is a tough dude and I know he cannot wait to fight Bantiag and put himself back in the winning column. Reyes has fought former WEC bantamweight contender Rolando Perez, Korean Top Team’s David Cho and the heavy-handed Alex Castro. So this kid is not a walk in the park fight for Bantiag as he is going up against a very talented kid in Reyes.
Korean Top Team’s Hong Seung Chan aims to keep his unbeaten record against Reversal Gym’s Chuji Kato. Seung Chan his power and ground control against his two previous opponents. He smothered Richie Redman in his first-ever pro MMA fight in PXC 33 last September, stopping Redman via 1st round TKO. His second fight was against Wu Qize, a Sanda champion from China. Seung Chan did the same thing on Qize, he his Chinese opponent down and imposed his will on him, beating Qize impressively via 1st round TKO. Seung Chan’s next opponent is probably his toughest to date as he will face a fighter from the well-known Reversal Gym Yokohama Groundslam, a teammate of Michinori Tanaka, Chuji Kato. The Japanese Kato is a remarkable fighter. He is a hard worker, loves to train and he really hates to lose.
Another promising Team Lakay fighter is back to compete at PXC 35, the younger brother of Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Dario Banario, will make his second appearance inside the PXC cage against a crafty striker, Joseph Mercado.
Hawaiian MMA veteran Ronald “Machine Gun” Jhun will make his 51st professional MMA fight against an undefeated pugilist from Legacy Gym, Zebaztian Kadestam who will be making his second PXC appearance.
Two of the best strikers in bantamweight division will collide on February 16 at Ynares as Fight Works MMA’s Ernesto Montilla welcomes Ruel “The Avenger” Catalan to the PXC. Montilla is coming off from a unanimous decision loss against Dario Banario last November at PXC 34. But despite of that loss, everyone saw something special about this kid. Montilla is a heavy-handed fighter who has an impressive cardio, hand speed and footwork. Standing on the other side of the cage is Ruel Catalan, a fighter who has a background in Sanda and Muay Thai, a very technical striker from Full Contact International (FCI) who trains alongside KO artist, Augustin Delarmino Jr., Leonard Delarmino and Rolandy Dy. Catalan is currently tirelessly honing his ground game under the tutelage of olympic wrestling coach, Ali Heydarabadi from Iran.
World Kickboxing Boxing Federation (WKBF) champion Steve Grandeza is set to make his second appearance in PXC as he takes on Submission Sports’ Adrian Hillana. Grandeza is a Moo Duk Won balckbelt, one of the oldest Korean martial arts. He is also a Muay Thai champion in the Philippines; in other words, this guy is a world-class striker who is now making his transition to MMA. Grandeza will go up against Adrian Hillana, a fighter from Submission Sport Philippines, the home of PXC flyweight phenom Eugene Toquero, MMA vet Erwin Tagle and the former URCC middlweight champion, Froilan Sarenas. Hillana’s last fight was against Jennifer Biocales at URCC Bacolod Brawl two years ago. But Hillana surely has a decent ground game as he trains out of one of the best MMA gyms in the Philippines.
Glenn Ranillo vs. Mark Billena is set for the first fight of the night of PXC 35. This is a great match-up to start an exciting fight card as both warriors are aiming to knock each other out. Ranillo may have the reach advantage but I think Billena’s power is going to be a huge factor for this fight.
Here’s the Full Fight Card For PXC 35: