PXC 35 Preview: Sarmiento vs. Ordiz

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Sarmiento vs. Ordiz face-off during their PXC 35 weigh ins. Photo by: Ritrato Zilvidu for mmaorient.net

After making their first event here in the Philippines in 2011, Guam-based MMA promotion, Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) is slowly becoming one of the biggest and most exciting MMA promotions not only in the Philippines, but in whole Asia as well.

Aside from entertaining MMA fans through giving them adrenaline-filled MMA events, PXC is also committed on helping their fighters get the exposure they needed and build their career under the PXC brand.

In the past few months, PXC has produced fighters who recently signed by the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world, the ultimate fighting championship (UFC).

Jon “Super Saiyan” Tuck , Hyun Gyu “The Ace” Lim and Dustin Kimura are those fighters who has recently inked a deal with the UFC. Also, former PXC welterweight contender, Ryan Biggler, who lost his recent PXC fight against Hyun Gyu Lim made it inside the UFC’s hit reality TV show, The Ultimate Fighter 17. Though Bigler got eliminated in the competition, he showed that PXC roster has a world-class talents that can compete with some of the best in the world.

On February 16, 2013, PXC is staging their 35th event since started in 2004 and I believe MMA fans will be on a treat as PXC 35 features some of the hottest talents in the region.

Headlining PXC 35 is an interesting fight between two of the best strikers in the PXC’s lightweight division as lightweight champion, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento (35-24) will defend his lightweight strap against the young, hungry and very motivated fighter, Isaiah Oridz (2-0).

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Sarmiento has noteable wins over Raja Shippen, Seung Hwa Chan, Ronnie Borja, Alex Castro and TUF 14 featherweight winner, Jonathan Brookins.

In August 20, 2011, Sarmiento challenged Ronnie Borja for his PXC lightweight title at PXC 26 in Manila. Sarmiento displayed his excellent endurance on that fight, picking Borja apart through his boxing prowess and nasty ground and pound. Sarmiento beat Borja in the 4th round via submission (Armbar) to become the newest PXC lightweight champion.

“The Hitman” is a very tough dude. His handspeed is incredible, his precision and timing are tremendous, his got a hands of steel, and his endurance is superb. He is a brute force in the lightweight division – that’s why he is reigning PXC lightweight champion.

Sarmieto’s last fight was obviously a disappointment for him and his fans. He dropped down to featherweight division to face an undefeated and one of the scariest featherweights in Asia, Mark “Mugen” Striegl. I don’t know how much weight Sarmiento did cut for that fight, but one thing is for sure, he looked weak in that fight.

Sarmiento as always, started the round cautious, waiting for Striegl to commit a mistake. But Striegl is too powerful and massive for Sarmiento as he imposed his game plan early, taking Sarmiento down and submitted him via keylock.

Although he lost that fight, Sarmiento has learned a lot from it and he will for sure, correct those mistakes he committed in the Striegl fight. I know Sarmiento is hungry to get back inside the cage and defend his belt and bring himself back to the winning column. But that won’t be an easy thing to do as he takes on a young lion in Isaiah Ordiz.

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Oridz , as we all know, is an up-and-coming fighter from San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines, who gave up his full-time job to concentrate on being an MMA fighter.

Ordiz’ first fight as a pro was against a very durable fighter from Legacy Gym, Kistoffer Persson in September of 2012. That fight deserves to win the ‘fight of the night’ honors as they both gave their best to impress all the fight fans who watched that fight. That first fight of Ordiz against Persson, I instantly saw in Ordiz’ eyes the fire and the eagerness to become an MMA world champion someday. I told myself that this kid is going to be a future MMA star in the Philippines.

In his second fight, he faced a Strikeforce Challengers veteran, Tristan Arenal, who we all know, is a tremendous athlete who has bombs in both of his fists. When I first heard the news about Ordiz fighting Arenal, an image of Oridz getting knocked out immediately flashed into my mind because I knew what Arenal is capable of insie the cage. I am not going to fight Arenal that day but I got scared on the spot and think that Ordiz will not win against him.

In PXC 34, Ordiz and Arenal faced each other inside the cage and the two warriors did not disappoint. Arenal looked massive against the taller Ordiz, the power is there for Arenal but he has no answers for Ordiz’ leg kicks and much-improved striking I saw a more complete Isaiah Ordiz that night. Ordiz won via split decision and he just proved to me that hard work can really beat talent if talent does not work hard. And Ordiz proved to me wrong, and became a huge fan of this kid since then.

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Although some questioned why he is going to fight Sarmiento this early on his career, Ordiz doesn’t care about what other people think about him, all he care about right now is beating Sarmiento and get the belt and become the best in his division.

In my opinion, his passion, desire and dedication made him the no. 1 contender for Sarmiento’s title. This kid got heart and works hard all day to reach his dreams.

I think Ordiz’ biggest advantage over Sarmiento is his speed and reach. When it comes to who is the most powerful and who has the best techniques, I think they are both equal.

Sarmiento vs. Ordiz is an interesting fight to see because a fighter who has been fighting for almost 12 years and fought some of the best in the world is taking a young lion that is looking to slay his biggest prey to date.

Will Sarmiento defend his belt, or will Ordiz beat Sarmiento to become the new PXC lightweight champion?

PXC-35 is presented by San Mig Strong Ice and Sports 5. With special thanks to E-Games, Fitness First, FHM Philippines, FHM.com.ph, Premiere Condoms, Healthway Agility Phil, Beer Below Zero, Eden NightClub, Real Sports Radio, and Loqal.ph.

Catch Harris Sarmiento and Isaiah Ordiz at PXC 35 on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines.

For more information on PXC, check out www.pxc.com.ph or www.facebook.com/pxcmma.

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