Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura Signs With PXC


PXC CEO and Promoter, EJ Calvo, confirms that one of Japan’s outstanding fighters and the Shooto Pacific Rim Middleweight Champion, Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura, is the latest addition to the stacked PXC lightweight division.

EJ Calvo stated,

 “Keita is a big addition to our PXC Lightweight roster and is expected to compete before year end in Manila. At 155 pounds, he should be one of the top ranked Asian MMA fighters on the planet!”

Nakamura brings with him an exceptional 25 wins with only 5 defeats and 2 draws. He is a talented fighter who can finish fights on the ground or on the feet. He is widely considered as one of the baddest men in Japan, as he holds an impressive wins over Nobutatsu Suzuki, Yasubey Enomoto, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and Daisuke Nakamura.

Unlike other MMA fighters who started learning martial arts in their early age, the former Sengoku welterweight champion learned his first martial arts at the age of 18. Though started late, he catch up pretty quick as after a year of learning martial arts, he already made his first-ever pro MMA fight and dismantled his opponent in just 33 seconds of the first round.

The UFC vet Nakamura is a promising fighter who is a legit threat to anyone in the PXC lightweight division including the current champion, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento. I personally would love to see Nakamura make his PXC debut against a fighter who is equally as talented as he is in the likes of Frank Camacho Hong Seung Chan or Isaiah Ordiz.

There has been a several of world-class fighters joining the PXC in the past few weeks.The Guam-based MMA promotion first announced that the heavy-handed Frank “The Crank” Camacho re-signs with them. They’ve also proclaimed PXC that they inked a deal with Japanese wrecking machine, Masanori Kanehara, a very exciting fighter who has a notable wins over Michihiro Omigawa, Nirofumi Yamamoto and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Then, another destructive fighter joins their always-exciting bantamweight roster as former KOTC flyweight champ Frank Baca looks to become a legit threat into one of the most exciting weight classes in the PXC.

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Frank “The Crank” Camacho Returns To PXC!

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Here’s the official release:

PXC recently signed Frank Camacho (10-2), a focused young MMA fighter and TUF Alumni, and will be announcing his return to the PXC cage after a 6 year haidus while residing and training in the US mainland over the last 4 years. Camacho is one of the top prospects in the Pacific MMA scene, and at the ripe age of 24, the best years of his MMA career are in front of him.

Frank Camacho was born in Guam and raised on the island of Saipan in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, where he made a name for himself as a golfing talent by the age of 5. He competed in the junior worlds at the age of 13 with a 1 handicap.

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At the age of 14, Camacho decided to try MMA and BJJ training and was hooked, fighting his first professional cage fight in Saipan at the age of 16.

According to Camacho, “I kind of took some criticism when I started training MMA and stopped golfing, but after I started getting reallly good on the mat and in the cage, I started getting a lot more support from the local community…although my parents always supported me 110%.”

He added, “The mental aspect of the golf game really helps me in MMA, where it is not so much physical, but a lot of focus needed in a fight.”

Camacho’s most significant fight of his young career was against UFC-veteran, Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti, in PXC-12. Camacho recalls, “I remember studying my opponent by watching his UFC fights against Chris Leben and Jon Fitch. It was crazy!  I just turned 18 years old, and after the loss to the UFC veteran due to a bad cut, I remember coming home and thinking, I can do this.”

“The Crank” returned in PXC-13 four months later for a huge victory of Guam’s Ryan Bigler at 170 pounds.

According to PXC CEO & Promoter, E.J. Calvo, “Frank is one of the next top prospects to get signed by The UFC from the Pacific. His focus on the lightweight division is a strong move.”

A short interview with PXC Lightweight, Frank “The Crank” Camacho:

How do you feel about your PXC return?

I am truly honored to be back in the PXC cage, especially making my comeback home in the Marianas fighting on Guam. Everyone knows I fight my hardest to represent the Marianas with my whole being, which makes it even sweeter to fight in front of fans that support me most. Everyone will see a new Frank “The Crank” Camacho.

What are your short term goals?

I just want to get back my mojo back with a win! Im back in the islands…back to my element…back to my roots. My short term goal is to patch up parts of my game that need attention right away…and eventually bring the PXC Lightweight belt back home as soon as possible.


What are your long term goals?

Long term goal is to be a modern day samurai. I want to be a better person every day. Martial arts has changed my life in ways I cannot explain, and if I can pass it on and inspire people, it would be a life-long success for me.

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PXC Signs Filipina World Boxing Champion Gretchen Abaniel

PXC is known for having such world-class pool of talent. In the past few months, the Guam-based MMA promotion has sent some of its best fighters and former champions in the UFC and Bellator, two of the biggest MMA promotions in the U.S today.

Aside from sending fighters into the big leagues, PXC keeps on helping local and international fighters from the ground up. PXC also opened its female division couple of months ago and did their first-ever female bout at PXC 36 between Kailin Curran and Kaiyana Rain. Curran won the fight via a Unanimous Decision over Rain.

PXC continues to add up exciting fighters from all over the world as they sign the former WBC International Female Minimumweight Champion and the current WIBA Minimumweight Champion from the Philippines, Gretchen “Chen Chen” Abaniel.


“We are excited to welcome Gretchen to PXC competition and we feel she will be an instant fan favorite. As we build our female division, we are extremely selective with signing fighters, and promise that female bouts will be explosive and exciting to watch!”, said E.J. Calvo, PXC CEO & Promoter

Abaniel became a two-time WIBA champion last December of 2012 when she stopped Thailand’s Modthanoi SithSaithion in the 4th round.

Abaniel won her first world title with a ten round unanimous victory against Nongbua Lookpraiaree of Thailand back in 2005.

The 27-year-old native of Puerto  Princesa, Palawan, started her boxing career late at the age of 17 years old. After couple of years, she joined the National Team and stormed the local boxing scene in the Philippines.

“I started learning boxing at the age of 17.Though started very late, I didn’t had a hard time learning boxing. I’m a fast learner; I pick up techniques very quickly. My father really supports my boxing career since day one but my mother was against it during the first years.”

Abaniel garnered bronze in 2004 when she competed in Taiwan and earned a gold medal in 2007 in Russia. She is a very methodical boxer and has a great endurance.

“I am a scientific fighter, I love studying my opponent’s game and try to break their will slowly but surely.”

“Chen Chen” is the youngest and the only girl of three siblings. Like other boxers in the Philippines, Gretchen is fighting for her family, to give them a better life. It is quite funny that despite of fighting internationally in boxing, she doesn’t want her family to know about her MMA debut.

“My family back home doesn’t know that I am going to fight in MMA. Maybe I will tell them after the making my MMA debut and they will for sure be surprised about it.”

The sport of MMA is contantly evolving. Fighters who once relied on a single skill are becoming phased out and replaced by well-rounded martial artist. In order to succeed in this sport, fighters have been force to adapt their skills, or risk having their weakness exposed. Abaniel is aware that knowing only boxing won’t give her the W she wants; that’s why she is working her tail off to furnish her wrestling and grappling skills. She is expected to make her PXC debut on August 31st in Manila.

“I want to try MMA because I think it is exciting and it is more difficult compared to boxing. In boxing, your only concern is to win the fight by punching your opponent in the face. In MMA, you got a lot of things to learn, like wrestling, BJJ and Muay Thai. I am confident with my striking but obviously, I need to work hard and learn the art of wrestling/grappling.”

Though she is quite nervous for her MMA debut, Abaniel is confident that with the help of her team mates at Team Insider Gym in Makati, she is confident she will win her debut in a notable fashion.

“I am happy that I signed with the premier MMA promotion in the Philippines, the PXC and made history as the first-ever PXC Fililpina fighter.I am excited as well to make my MMA debut in front of thousands of Filipino fans in August.”

After his PXC debut on August, Abaniel will be defending her WIBA minimumweight title in Macau as one of the under card fights of Pacquiao vs. Rios in November.

PXC has a lot of big plans coming up as PXC CEO & Promoter, EJ Calvo, told us that they will be soon adding up another electrifying weight class for male fighters;  the Straweight division (115 lbs.)

Although he has not disucssed a lot about PXC 38 next month, what we only know that they will be back in Guam next month and it will be headlined by some of the biggest names in the region. Filipino knockout artist Eugene Toquero will also make his first-ever PXC fight outside the Philippines as he faces the very talented Rambaa Sombdet in the PXC’s 38th installment.

Also, after PXC 39 on August 31st in Manila, PXC are planning to go back to The Big Dome in November for a gigantic event.

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PHOTOS: Opening – Team Lakay La Trinidad Gym & Welcoming Honorio “The Rock” Banario.



Pioneers of MMA – Founder and Head Coach of Team Lakay Mark Sangiao “The Machine” (2nd to the right) inaugurates the newly opened gym at La Trindad, Benguet and welcomes the One Fc World Feather Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario on Febuary 09, 2013.

Left to Right: Doc dave taclobao, Eduard ‘The Landslide’ Folayang (2nd to the left), Marquez Sangiao and Kevin Belingon.


The newly opened gym is located at 2F Pines Valley Plaza, Km. 4, La Trinidad, Benguet.

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World Class Flyweight Striker Rambaa “M16” Somdet Signs With PXC


PXC adds another highly-talented veteran fighter in their ultra-talented flyweight division by signing former Shooto flyweight champion, “M16” Rambaa Somdet (10-2).

Somdet is known for his striking prowess and never-ending cardio. The 38-year-old fighter from Thailand has not lost since 2007 and looks to keep his win streak alive inside the PXC cage. He loves to utilize his Muay Thai strikes especially those cannibalistic leg kicks and his explosive hands. No one has been able to knock this guy out or submit him since he started his MMA career. This guy is scary because of his stand up skills and his iron chin.

Somdet has some notable career wins over UFC fighter, Ulysses Gomez, Ryota Uozumi and Noboru Tahara.

According to PXC officials, Somdet will make his promotional debut on July in Guam in PXC 38 against an as-of-yet unnamed opponent.

According to PXC Promoter & CEO, E.J. Calvo, “We are happy to welcome Rambaa to PXC. Our Flyweight Division is full of young talent, and a veteran like Rambaa will raise the bar of competition to the highest in the region at that weight class.”

With his signing in one of Asia’s biggest MMA promotion, Somdet is no doubt, a huge threat to Ale Cali’s title and a big roadblock to any fighters in his division who aspire to get closer to the title picture.

Somdet gives his thoughts on signing with the Guam-based MMA promotion, “I’m very excited to find my new home in PXC and looking forward to my debut. I would like to win the PXC title and hopefully go to the UFC as some of the PXC veterans have done so. Thank you!” Somdet also added, “See you in Guam in July!”

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PXC Welterweight Fighter Zebaztian Kadestam Answers Bellator’s Ryan Ford’s Challenge: “Let’s Do It, Don’t Ask For Bigler”


In mixed martial arts, the more you work hard in the gym, the more confident you are during the fight. It is nothing but hard work that brought today’s MMA superstars in the pinnacle of their careers and of course, those sacrifices they endured during their journey to be on top.

In the case of the 22-year-old fighter from Sweden, Zebaztian “Bandit” Kadestam, being away from his home country is one of the biggest sacrifices he made to pursue his dream in the field of mixed martial arts. He is training under the guidance of K-1 vet and MCFC champ, Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen in the famed Legacy Gym in Boracay, Philippines.

Kadestam is currently signed by Pacifix Xtreme Combat (PXC) as a welterweight fighter.

Kadestam made his pro MMA debut against South Korea’s Seok Mo Kim at Pro Fighting 5 in July of 2011. “Bandit” wasted no time and put Kim out in just 14 seconds of the first round, leaving the South Korean fighter unconscious for several seconds. Since then, Kadestam went 4-0 including his recent victory over a very tough veteran in Ron Jhun at PXC 35 in Manila. Kadestam smashed Jhun’s left leg with some brutal kicks that made the Hawaiian warrior quit in the first round.

This kid is a gifted fighter and is currently one of the feared fighters in the PXC’s welterweight division. He is capable of knocking or choking you out. He’s got a wicked stand up game and a very decent ground game as well. He is a force to be reckoned with in his division and will surely be a champion in the near future.

Here’s our interview with welterweight phenom, Zebaztian “Bandit” Kadestam.

MMA Orient: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?


I’m a 22-year-old guy from the cold place called Sweden, now living in Boracay, Philippines. I started learning Judo when I was around 10, but I realized that it’s not really my thing. A couple of years later, I discovered Muay Thai and got hooked right away.

MMA Orient: How did you get into the sport of MMA?


I got sent into a youth institution when I was a kid and the owner happens to be a brown belt in BJJ and a former boxer. So he introduced me to MMA by daily beating me up standing and on the ground. I got hooked and made my first trip to Legacy gym in Thailand as soon as I could; got my ass kicked there to, so that was it. I am hooked for life.

MMA Orient: Why did you choose MMA over other sports?


I like the rules, the small gloves, and that you can learn a new technique everyday. But I’m not done with Muay Thai yet, MMA is my main sport but I fight Muay Thai whenever there’s a fight coming up.

MMA Orient: What’s the history behind your nickname “Bandit”


I was living the bandit life as a kid but now I’m here to steal glory.

MMA Orient: You are currently signed by the Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) as an undefeated welterweight fighter.You are coming off a very impressive TKO win over a highly talented vet Ron Jhun last February in PXC 35. Take us back to that fight and how did that win changed your life as a fighter?


I did what Ole told me to do in that fight and since I started fighting, I have been wanting to finish someone with low kicks so I’m happy the game plan worked out perfectly. As a fighter, life is the same; keep training hard and get better everyday. But I did get a free soup, thanks to that fight! (Laughs)

MMA Orient: You are training at Legacy Gym in Boracay, Philippines alongside Wang Sai, Alex Niu, Kristoffer Persson, Richie Redman, Marcus Waters, Ray Elbe and Ole Laursen. Tell us something about training with those beasts down there in Boracay.


We got the best team in Asia for sure here at Legacy. We are like a big family. Most of us have been training together for years. All these guys really are beasts with a lot of talenst and they always get me ready for whoever wants to come and throw-down.

MMA Orient: I know you’re already aware of Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford. He wants you or Ryan Bigler on May in Manila for PXC 37. Tell us your thoughts on this guy.


I Don’t think much about him. He has a good record and I’m happy he called me out.

MMA Orient: If the PXC offers you a fight against Ryan Ford in May, would you accept it?


If PXC gives me a fight, I fight.

MMA Orient: Do you think it’s time for you to get the PXC welterweight belt?


I think I deserve it, nobody has it and my plan is to bring that belt to where it belongs – Boracay.

MMA Orient: Do you want to say something to Ryan Ford?


Let’s do it man don’t ask for Bigler.

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PXC Signs 20-Year-Old Talented Fighter Syafiq “The Slasher” Samad


Juggernaut Fight Club’s Syafiq “Slasher” Abdul Bin Samad inks a deal with top MMA organization in the Philippines, Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC).

Today, PXC CEO, Edward Calvo announced through his Facebook account that the talented kid from Singapore is joining the talent-filled PXC lightweight division and will make his debut on May 18th in Manila.

Syafiq Samad started training martial arts at 15 years old because he got jumped by fourteen men with f**in machetes and survived the attack. The best part was it was a mistaken identity.

The Slasher is the first Singaporean to win Asian Muay Thai Championship, a pro boxer and has an almost 22 amateur and 2 pro muay thai fight. He is a very talented fighter who has a bright future ahead of him; and the scarier part – he is just 20 years old.

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Interview with rising welterweight fighter, Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford

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Given the scenario there is nothing like that surge of adrenaline rushing through the body that makes one fully prepared to face any challenge placed in front of them. The desire for change is always a driving incentive that can motivate anyone to tackle any endeavor without fear of danger in hopes of fulfilling their personal goals.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (19-4), before becoming an MMA fighter, was always involved into street fights. There were times where he finds himself locked up inside the cell, but those experiences made him a tough human being today.

Ford is one of the best welterweights in Canada behind his team mates at Tristar, UFC welterweight champ GSP and “The Waterboy” Rory Macdonald. Ryan is ultra-tough fighter physically and mentally and is one of the feared welterweights in the fight business today. He is the son of the former Canadian boxing lightweight champion, Al Ford, a guy who compiled a massive 55 wins and 19 losses during his boxing days (No wonder why his son, Ryan is such a talented fighter who as a brutal knockout power in both of his hands).

“The Real Deal” keeps climbing the Canadian Welterweight rankings (currently at no. 4 spot) on the heels of a three fight win streak. In his last bout, the Edmonton scrapper pounded on Kyle Baker at Bellator 79 for three rounds. Despite not finishing Baker with the usual Ryan Ford flair (see Luis Santos, Ricky Goodall for that), the win was Ford’s second consecutive in Bellator and his seventh win out of his last eight fights.

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Ford, in the past weeks, has been tweeting about him wanting to fight in either PXC or One FC. He even calls out PXC fighters, Ryan Bigler and Boracay MMA’s Zebaztian Kadestam, and he wants to fight either of those guys in May 18th in Manila at PXC 37.

Personally, since PXC will sign Strikeforce vet Herman Terrado, I’d like to see him make his debut against Ryan Ford. It will be an insane fight as two heavy-handed welterweights will battle it out to knock each other out and to entertain the crowd.

Here’s our interview with heavy-handed fighter Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford.”

MMA Orient:  How did you get into the sport of MMA?


Well, I got in some trouble in my past was sitting in my cell watching the UFC on TV, said to myself I can do this shit, got out, went down to the gym where local UFC guys were training. I trained for 2 weeks and had my first fight won by TKO in the second round.

MMA Orient: Your nickname is “Real Deal” who gave you that name?


I was given the nickname The Real Deal from a few of the guys I hung around with. They saw how hard I trained and the focus I had on becoming a fighter and one day were like Ryan you are The Real Deal. 

MMA Orient: Have you always been ultra-competitive?


Always, Its in my blood. My dad was the boxing Canadian lightweight Champion at 18 years old and rank #3 in the world. I have played sports all my life always looking for a challenge.

MMA Orient: What would you say your biggest strengths are, and what’s the thing you need to work on the most? 


I would say my biggest strengths would be my work ethic, athleticism, strength & power. Not many things I need to work on the most I just focus on my overall fight game from top to bottom.

MMA Orient:  You’ve gotten a chance to train with the UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre. What was that experience like?


It don’t get no better! Being able to train with the best in the world and have him give you pointers on the fight game, when it comes time for the next scrap it’s not like I’m not gonna see anything better than what the Champ has to offer.

MMA Orient:  How much weight you cut from walking around weight to fight weight and how that affects your strength and stamina the day of the fight?


I usually walk around 195lbs – 200lbs. While in training camp, I clean the diet up and usually takes about 4 weeks to get to 185lbs and I will stay around that weight ’till weight cutting time to make 170lbs. The weight cut is easy work now I have my body down to a science now so I am 100% come fight night.

MMA Orient: Where do yo see yourself going, is it for the belt or to fame? or is it just about the fun of it?


For me I’m what you call a “Prize Fighter” I’m in this sport to make Money cause this is what I do to feed my family. Plus I love to fight like I said it’s in my blood and there is no better job in the world to do than something you love. If there is a belt to win then I’m down to take it and Keep it around my waist.

MMA Orient: Who is your toughest opponent so far and why?


Toughest as in durable, I would have to say Pat “Bam Bam” Healy. Toughest as in who has made the best come out of me, Luis “Sapo” Santos 50-7 now 50-8.

MMA Orient:  What do you think of the GSP vs. Nick Diaz fight this weekend in Canada?


I think it is going to be a really good scrap. I believe Diaz is the guy who will bring the Best out of GSP it should be very entertaining with George taking the win.

MMA Orient: Do you think Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal would make it in MMA? Do you think they would be nothing special in the cage?


The only one out of those names that I think would do good in the cage would be Bruce Lee. He was a true Martial artist.

MMA Orient: Who is your biggest inspiration?


My biggest inspiration would be my Mom. She’s a very strong woman. single mother that was able to provide for me, my brother and little sister at the hardest times. Always made sure we were taken care of whether it be food on our plate and sports to play.She made sure we had it.

MMA Orient:  What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?


Don’t really have a favorite strike/submission as long as I get in there and put it all on the line and make it exciting fight for the fans, I’m good! At the end of the day, I like to scrap whether it’s giving a beat down knocking someone out or choking the sh*t out of them. I’m gonna get the job done!

MMA Orient: Do you like to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?


Well, all fights start standing so we can bang it out on the feet or I can pick you up slam your ass to the mat following it up with my vicious ground n pound; it really don’t matter.

MMA Orient: They say Grant Fuhr’s favorite sound in hockey was the puck hitting the post. What’s your favorite sound when your in a fight?


I would have to say the sound of the crowd going crazy when I’m throwing down nothing beats that!

MMA Orient: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?


Being a fighter is a Lifestyle. Not many people can do what we do. We are your modern day Gladiator/Warriors. I’ve always been a warrior. Stepping up to challenges and facing adversity right in the eye. Being able to prove to people that I can do it when they all doubt me.

MMA Orient: You’ve been tweeting about your intentions on fighting Ryan Bigler or Zebaztian Kadestam in PXC in the Philippines. What do you think of the PXC and its pool of talent?


Yeah, I have been tweeting about the guys that are the top contenders. I don’t know if they are but if they are, I would be glad to step in the cage with them and show them why they call me The Real Deal. I believe the PXC has a good pool of talent but if they were to bring in me they would see a different Breed of fighter. I’m just that guy that keeps it real and puts it on 100%.

MMA Orient: Your are ranked 4th in Canadian Welterweight rankings behind GSP , Rory Macdonald and Jordan Mein. How do you think you will do against international welterweight competition?


Well I have fought a lot of guys who are international being from the USA, Brazil and what not, it don’t matter to me where your from I will put it on your ass and let you know when I’m from! Its all good in the hood!

MMA Orient: What are your ultimate goals in MMA?


My ultimate goals in MMA is to win fights and get payed be the best in the world. If titles are offered well I’m down to take them. Most of all I want people to know when Ryan Ford fights, he fights it’s never a boring fight and to have you on your feet the whole time. 

MMA Orient: What separates you from any other fighters in your division?


The struggles that I have over come through out my life separates me from other fighters. It gives me that mental edge to overcome adversity in a fight. Also the way I do my JOB in and outside the cage. Im all about the hustle and keeping it G’D UP.

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PXC looks to sign heavy-handed Strikeforce vet Herman Terrado

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PXC looks to add another very exciting fighter to its world-class pool of talents as there are rumors about them signing a deal with Strikeforce veteran, Herman Terrado. Although PXC official haven’t announced it yet, we got a word from a reliable source that they already signed Terrado and it is just a matter of time until they officially announce it.

Terrado, who has a 9-2 record, is a Guam native and a fighter who is known for his unbelievable punching power and very electrifying style of fighting. He has never been into a decision and loves to put on a show every time he steps inside the cage.

It will be an interesting to know if when and who will be his opponent for his PXC debut.

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