Venue: PXC 37
Date:18 May 2013
Location: Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig, Phililppines
Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC) wrapped up its 37th installment on Saturday (May 18, 2012), at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines.
Crisanto Pitpitunge failed to defend his title as he was defeated by the skillful Japanese fighter, Michinori Tanaka via Unanimous Decision.
It was a very entertaining fight between Tanaka and Pitpitunge as two of the best bantamweights in Asia gave all they got to entertain the fans.
In the first round, everyone thought that Crisanto will make Tanaka tap as he caught the Japanese submission specialist into a tight rear-naked choke. But Tanaka looked very relaxed while Pitpitunge’s squeezing his neck – that’s how high level grappler Tanaka is. Since that RNC attempt by the former champ, it was all about Tanaka’s wrestling.
Tanaka and his team were very emotional after the fight as they all knew that their labor paid off as they’ll bring the PXC bantamweight belt back home in Japan. In this sport of MMA, each bout can only have one winner and one loser. Getting a victory in this tough sport is no doubt, one of the best thing that has happened to a fighter while losing can put a fighter down emotionally and mentally.
We know the fact that all fighters are looking for that win; we must also know that some captures it, others don’t.
After enduring some rigorous training and exhausting weight cut, Korean Top Team’s Jang Yong Kim is back to his winning ways as he submitted an up and coming fighter from Hawaii, Nate Thorell in the opening round via kimura.
While Kim is celebrating his win against Thorell, his team mate, Hong Seung Chan was at the dugout thinking what went wrong in his game plan as he was defeated by Reno Remigio of Hawaii in the third round by way of TKO (punches). Remigio’s Muay Thai played a big factor on his victory over the South Korean fighter. He is connecting solid knees and razor sharp elbows whenever they are in the clinch position. Also, the take down defense of Remegio helped him get the W for his PXC debut. Though stepping up late to fight Chan, the part Hawaiian-Filipino Remegio showcased his superb striking abilities and left a message to the rest of the lightweight division that he is here to stay.
Fight Works MMA went 2-0 as Rolando Gabriel Dy submits Arex Montalban by way of armbar and Ernesto Montilla Jr. shocked the crowd by taking out Team Lakay’s Jerome Wanawan in the second round. The Laguna-based fight team is going to celebrate its first anniversary on May 27th and getting big wins last night were an early gift for the whole team who struggled to get some sponsorship prior to PXC 37. Someone really needs to support this team financially because the talents over there are exceptional. I predict that FWMMA will be one of the Philippines’ best MMA team in a couple of years.
While Fight Works MMA celebrates their huge victories last night, Team Lakay arguably had their toughest outing so far as they went 0-3. Wanawan faced a much improved Ernesto Montilla last night. Montilla showed speed, power and his excellent endurance. Montilla handed Jerome his second straight losses. Troy Bantiag faced Trevin Jones in a match where most of the fight fans knew he will dominate. But Jones fought smart and took the fight to where Bantiag has his weakness – on the ground. Jones defeated Bantiag via UD. Team Lakay vows to bounce back strong on August 31st as 5 of its best fighters will fight in ONE FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’.
Bout 1: Dy versus Montalban – Featherweights
[Dy def. Montalban via 1st Rd. Submission (Armbar) ]
Bout 2: Nakayama versus Pecyna – Featherweights
[Nakayama def. Pecyna via 1st. Rd. Submission (Kimura) ]
Bout 3: Samad versus Machado – Lightweights
[Samad def. Machado via 2nd Rd. Submission (Armbar) ]
Bout 4: Montilla Jr versus Wanawan – Flyweights
[ Montilla Jr. def. Wanawan via 2nd Rd. TKO (Punches) ]
Bout 5: Chan versus Remigio – Lightweights
[ Remigio def. Chan via 3rd Rd. TKO (Punches) ]
Bout 6: Bantiag versus Jones – Bantamweights
[ Jones def. Bantiag via UD ]
Bout 7: Kim versus Thorell – (Featherweight Semi-Final)
[Kim def. Thorell via 1st Rd. Submission (Kimura)]
Bout 8: Pitpitunge versus Tanaka (Bantamweight Title)
[ Tanaka def. Pitpitunge via UD ]