On November 9th, 2013, Philippines’ premiere MMA promotion will stage their final fight card of the year at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City for PXC 41.
The said event will be headlined by PXC world flyweight champ Ale Cali, and the undefeated Hawaiian, Louis Smolka. This is going to be Cali’s second title defense and will be his comeback fight after being sidelined by a shoulder injury.
The news was confirmed by PXC CEO/Promoter, EJ Calvo on Saturday.
Smolka earned his ticket to face the champ last February when he defeated the much experienced fighter, Alvin Cacdac, via RNC in the third round. It was a very impressive come-from-behind win by Smolka as he managed to survive two brutal rounds of assault by Cacdac, who pounded him with vicious haymakers before submitting the veteran fighter in the third round.
“Da Last Samurai” was pumped to face Cali after his PXC 35 win, but the champion sustained a shoulder injury delaying Smolka for his title shot.
As Cali recuperates, Smolka is itching to get back inside the cage to keep away from ring rust. That is why when he was given the offer to fight the former URCC bantamweight champion Jessie Rafols at PXC 39, even though it was a bantamweight contest, he agreed to fight him without any single doubts in his mind.
Smolka overcame an adversity before his fight against Rafols as he was badly sick the day before PXC 39 which gave him a little doubt if he can win over his Filipino foe. But his team mate, the PXC lightweight champion Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento was there and gave Smolka some serious boost and convinced him that he should win the fight no matter what.
Sarmiento’s encouragement of Smolka paid off as Smolka did a quick work of Rafols, making the Filipino tap by way of rear-naked-choke in the very first round.
On November 9th, Smolka looks to stay unbeaten in his career and aims to dethrone the champ and bring the belt home in Hawaii.
In the other hand, no fighter in the PXC has the eagerness and hunger to get back in the cage than the current flyweight world champion, Ale “The Young” Gun Cali.
It has been a year since Cali made his first title defense against the crafty veteran, Erwin Tagle at PXC 34. That is why the Davao native Cali started his camp early to shrug off little cobwebs in his game.
At PXC 39, during Smolka’s post fight interview, Cali went inside the cage and shook hands with his next challenger and congratulates him with a smile for winning that night. Smolka, then told Cali to stay healthy and train hard for their fight.
Cali is known for his slick boxing skills, footwork, and speed. When he faced the seasoned fighter, Jessie Taitano at PXC 29, he didn’t only show his striking prowess; he impressed a lot of fight fans that night when he showcased his much-improved wrestling and BJJ skills by avoiding takedowns and submission attempts by Taitano. Cali dismantled Taitano in the third round and claimed the title and made as the first-ever homegrown PXC flyweight champion.
Cali vs. Smolka is probably one of the most anticipated fights in the region as two of the most talented and toughest fighters collides inside the Philippines’ largest MMA promotion.
It is a very intriguing match-up as the submission specialist Smolka is hungry to verify that he is the baddest man in his division. But no mistake about the champ, he is the flyweight king for a reason. Though he has been sidelined for quite some time; let us not forget how dangerous this fighter is. Cali can end the fight whenever he wants, but the big question for the champion right now is can he take Smolka’s world-class grappling expertise?
PXC 41 will also feature an explosive bantamweight scrap between the former PXC bantamweight champion, Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge and the always dangerous Hawaiian warrior, Russel Doane.
Mark Striegl will also be back in action after a devastating 3rd round submission loss against Jang Yong Kim at PXC 39. Though his opponent is yet to be determined, Mugen’s back in the gym in training and is very fired up to get back into the mix.
Also, a lightweight fight is set between two UFC vets as Keita “K Taro” Nakamura lock horns with Shane “Suga” Nelson.
Here’s the incomplete fight card for PXC 41:
Ale Cali – Louis Smolka (Flyweight World Title)
Crisanto Pitpitunge – Russel Doane (Bantamweights)
Mark Striegl – TBD
Keita Nakamura – Shane Nelson (Lightweights)
Troy Bantiag – TBD
Jinel Lausa – TBD
Female Bout TBD