Filipino MMA Champ Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge To Defend His Belt Against Japanese Submission Specialist Michinori Tanaka At PXC 37

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Two of the most dominant bantamweights in the region today collides in May 18th as Philippines’ pride and the reigning  PXC bantamweight king, Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge (4-1) makes his first-ever title defense against the surging undefeated Japanese fighter, Michinori Tanaka (7-0) at PXC 37 scheduled on May 18th at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines.

It has been almost a year since we last saw Pitpitunge in action – that was when he put Justin Cruz to sleep in a single blow straight to his chin during their bantamweight championship fight in July of 2012. After capturing the bantamweight belt, Pitpitunge focused himself in a six-month training as a police officer.

We spoke with Pitpitunge during PXC 35 in Manila last February 16 and asked him on how excited is he to get back inside the cage; he just simply said,

“I’m excited to fight and defend my belt for the first time. Even if I’m outside the cage doing my training as a police officer, I always make sure that I’m fit and my cardio is always at its best. I always run in the morning and in the afternoon inside our barracks.”

Pitpitunge is known for his outstanding endurance and physical toughness. He has a deadly striking game and once he’s on top of you, it is the beginning of the end for you.

On the flip side, Michinori Tanaka is coming off a very convincing win over Team Reign’s Caleb Vollatton by way of 2nd round submission (triangle choke) in PXC 36 on March 8, 2013. Tanaka is no doubt, one of the brightest prospects in Japan today and he is going to be a superstar in years to come. He trains at Reversal Gym Yokohama Ground Slam alongside Shinichi Kojima, Shuichiro Katsumura and Chuji Kato.

Tanaka is known for his very tricky ground game. The 22-year-old Japanese fighter is arguably the best grappler in the PXC and one of the youngest fighters to ever compete in the guam-based MMA organization. He will be making the most important fight of his career against a very tough opponent in Crisanto Pitpitunge.

PXC CEO and Promoter, EJ Calvo, said, “In my opinion, Crisanto is actually the underdog in his title defense against Michinori Tanaka. He hasn’t been able to fight for about 1 year, so this is his chance to remind fans how tough he really is. I wouldn’t underestimate him after what he did to Justin Cruz.”

Tanaka is one of Japan’s top rising stars of the sport and has yet to be beaten. We have so many elite bantamweights in PXC. iI will be hard for any champ in this division to hold on to the belt for too long..but anything can happen in MMA if you make a mistake against elite PXC fighters!” Calvo Added.

Will Tanaka keep his streak alive or will Pitpitunge add another highlight KO win over his Japanese foe?

Aside from a confirmed bout between Singapore’s Syafiq “The Slasher” Samad and Philippines’ Glen Ranillo,  there are also rumors that PXC 37 will also feature a four-man featherweight tournament and a flyweight championship fight between the reigning champ Ale “The Young Gun” Cali and the super tough Hawaiian fighter Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka.

PXC 37 will be broadcast nation-wide on AKTV via IBC-13 to millions of viewers in the Philippines, and will stream online via PXC’s Facebook page. Visit or for news and information.

PXC 37 Is Going To Be A Gigantic Event

crisantoAle “The Young Gun” Cali and Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge to be featured at PXC-37 in Title Fights for their belts, while Mark Striegl and other PXC stars step up against the some of the best fighters in the world!


3 Filipino fighters will headline PXC’s 3rd event in 2013, and 37th installment overall. Ale Cali (reigning PXC Flyweight Champion), Crisanto Pitpitunge (reigning PXC Bantamweight Champion) and Mark Striegl (Top PXC Featherweight Contender) will all be tested once more inside the PXC cage!

After a stellar card in February 2013, Pacific X-treme Combat returns to Philippine soil to showcase some of the best fighters the promotion has to offer. Other exciting, up-and-coming PXC talent will also be featured on the event’s undercard.

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Hailing from Davao, Ale Cali, has been making waves in the Philippine MMA scene with his fast hands and incredible take down defense. He will be facing one of Hawaii’s top Flyweights in Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka. Smolka recently cemented his spot to be the #1 contender for Cali’s title when he beat the heavy-handed Alvin Cacdac, a Filipino-American MMA figher and who has not lost in the PXC since 2011. Cali and Smolka will slug it out in a battle of striking versus wrestling styles in the PXC cage!

PXC Bantamweight Champ, Crisanto Pitpitunge, and Featherweight Contender, Mark Striegl, are also two of the best MMA fighters in the Philippines today, hands down. Training in Baguio City, Philippines, Pitpitungue and Striegl are set to return to battle their respective opponents – still to be named by PXC.

“The Slugger” has not lost since 2011, making this his first Title Defense, and a handful of PXC Bantamweight contenders are being considered for the May Title Fight, including Japan’s Michinori Tanaka, Guam’s Trevin Jones & Kyle Aguon, and Hawaii’s Russel Doane.


“Mugen” has yet to be defeated in his pro MMA career at 12-0, and discussions are ongoing to determine if PXC Featherweight Champ, Joe Taimanglo of Guam, is available to put his belt on the line against Striegl after suffering an injury late last year in a Featherweight Title Defense. An announcement is expected to come soon.

“We’re very pleased how PXC has grown in the Asia Pacific region, especially in the Philippines. More and more MMA Fight Fans are loving the sport and we’re humbled that PXC is trending as one of the top regional promotions in the world of Mixed Martial Arts,” said EJ Calvo, PXC CEO and Promoter.

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Team Lakay’s Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge discusses his up-coming fight against Justin “The Shocker” Cruz for the PXC’s bantamweight belt at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines.


Pitpitunge Vs. Cruz confirmed For PXC 31 on July 14!

PXC 31 will headline featherweight championship fight between the fast rising fighter from Team Lakay, Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge and the reigning PXC bantamweight king, Spike 22’s Justin “The Shocker” Cruz. This is a little bit personal for Pitpitunge as he plans to avenge his coach’s loss to Justin Cruz back in November of 2009.

No additional confirmed bout as of this writing, but there are rumors that two more Team Lakay fighters will be in the card, Troy Bantiag and Joseph Amurao.

20 year-old Bantiag is one of the youngest Lakay fighters who made his first professional mma debut at PXC 29 against Michael Regalado is expected to make his second appearance inside the PXC cage.

Photo by MR. Topper Capuyan Ballola

Bantiag Vs. Regalado Fight Video

Joseph Amurao is another up and coming Lakay fighter who owns numerous Wushu Sanshou titles in the Philippines and possess a very impressive grappling skills. The 22 year-old fighter from Baguio will surely be a force to be reckoned with in PXC’s flyweight division.

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