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PXC 46: Cacdac finally wins the PXC Flyweight Title; Kato stuns RP crowd, wins the Lightweight Belt

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One of the region’s premiere MMA promotions, Pacific X-treme Combat, held its 13th event in the Philippines at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on Saturday night.

In an uber deep card featuring a double main event treat, Japanese judoka Chuji Kato shook-off jeers from the hostile Filipino crowd in taking a unanimous decision victory over striker Glen Ranillo to win the PXC Lightweight Championship in the night’s first main event. In the card’s main event, Fil-Am Alvin Cacdac, after 36 pro fights, finally takes home the PXC Championships with a submission victory over Fightworks MMA standout Ernesto Montilla Jr.

MMA Journeyman Alvin Cacdac wins the PXC Flyweight Championship

The Filipino crowd was on its feet for the entire fight during the PXC Flyweight Championship match between Unlimited MMA’s Alvin Cacdac and the 4-2 Ernesto Montilla.

In an amazing sequence in the opening salvo of the match, Montilla went for a headkick but missed and resulted to a picture perfect suplex by the MMA journeyman. Montilla was able to get right back up and connect on a successful double leg take down. Cacdac then sprawled right back up and land a successful hip throw on Montilla to hold his opponent down. From side control, Cacdac was able to mount Montilla and connect on huge rights and lefts on his prone opponent. Luckily for the man known as the “Iron”, the bell rang to signal to end of the 1st round.

Montilla, still dazed from the beating he received the prior round, started slow in the 2nd stanza of the match. Cacdac connected on two successful jabs that busted Montilla’s right cheek. An eye-poke by Montilla followed by an accidental kick to the groin by Cacdac gave both fighters a well-deserved two-minute break after a blistering pace. When the fight resumed, Cacdac was able to connect on a successful double leg takedown. Montilla was able to kip right back up and corner Cacdac to the fence to end the round.

The 3rd round opened with an aggressive Montilla swinging for the fences. With about 3 minutes left into the round though, Cacdac was able to successfully shoot down Montilla and connect with a takedown. After a short scramble, Cacdac was able to grab the back of Montilla. After landing a few ground-and-pound shots, Alvin Cacdac slapped a rear naked choke. The choke was deep and eventually Montilla had to tap out.

Finally, Alvin Cacdac’s long MMA odyssey has resulted to him winning the PXC Flyweight Championship. What makes the victory more special for the Filipino-American fighter was that he won the title in his motherland. “My heart was always in the Philippines”, said the champion in a post-fight press conference. When pressed on who he wants to face next, Cacdac gave a list of contenders for his next fight including UFC Veteran Darren Uyenoyama, former PXC Bantamweight Champion Crisanto Pitpitunge, or even a rematch against Ernesto Montilla.

Chuji Kato outgrapples Glen Ranillo to win the PXC Lightweight Championship

In a clash of styles, the grappler from Japan Chuji Kato utilized his mastery of the mats in stymieing the striker Glen Ranillo.

The match started with the two fighters circling the cage to test each other out for two minutes. As the Filipino crowd jeered both fighters to start slugging it out, Kato striked first and immediately went for a shoot to take Ranillo down. Kato was acting in passing Ranillo’s guard, switching from mount to side control and back again until the first round ended.

In the next two rounds, Ranillo tried to turn the match into a standup affair but the judoka outmuscled the Filipino to send the match back to the ground. An illegal upkick by Ranillo in the 4th round placed the Team Insider standout in a much deeper hole. The final round saw Koji immediately take Ranillo and pin him to the mat.

As the crowd boo’d on how the match went and the eventual result, the newly crowned PXC Lightweight Champion thanked the crowd and humbly thanked Glen Ranillo for the match.

The Slugger defeats a living legend

One of the most awaited bouts in the card is the stand-up warfare between former PXC Bantamweight Champion Cris Pitpitunge and one of the best muay thai practitioners in MMA Rambaa M16 Somdet.

Both fighters showed how well rounded their games are as the two fighters connected on successful takedowns during the match. But the highlight of the match was the exchanges the two strikers had on their feet. In the final round, the Team Lakay fighter was in trouble when M16 clipped the Slugger with a huge right. Pitpitunge was able to recover and slugged it out with Somdet to close the round. Somdet’s late rally fell short as Pitpitunge took a razor-thin split decision victory over the Thai.

The Fighting Filipina does not overcome Casey’s reach

In the only women’s bout of the night, Team Lakay darling Gina Iniong succumbed to the length of Courtney Casey.

Both fighters had a 3-1 record going into the match. The reach advantage of the Nest Hawaii’s Casey however was visible. Casey outstruck Iniong with quick jabs and a huge straight knocked Gina down. Iniong was able to recover and threw Casey with a hip throw. Casey however was able to grab hold of Iniong’s back and immediately sunk a deep rear naked choke for the submission victory.

It was a short match but the appreciative Filipino crowd applauded both female athletes. “I love the Philippines!” exclaimed the victor.

 

Also picking-up wins in the card are former Philippine nationals’ freestyle wrestling champion Josh Sapinoso, Roy Doliguez, Team Quest fighter Mark Abelardo, Jenel Lausa, and Brazilian Wesley Perreira.


PXC 46: Montilla vs. Cacdac Results
November 15, 2014 – Ynares Sports Arena, Philippines
PXC Flyweight Championship
Alvin Cacdac def. Ernesto Montilla by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R3
PXC Lightweight Championship
Chuji Kato def. Glen Ranillo by Decision (Unanimous)
Flyweight match: Crisanto Pitpitunge def. Rambaa Somdet by Decision (Split)
Strawweight match: Roy Doliguez def. Dennis Salazar by Decision (Unanimous)
Women’s Atomweight match: Courtney Casey def. Gina Iniong by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Flyweight match: Jenel Lausa def. Dean Bermudez by Submission (Guillotine Choke), R1
Bantamweight match: Mark Abelardo def. Ernie Braca by TKO (Punches), R1
Featherweight match: Josh Sapinoso def. Robin Eclavea by Decision (Unanimous)
Featherweight match: Wesley Perreira def. Arex Montalban by Submission (Armbar), R1

Watch the replay of PXC 46 by clicking here

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Joshua Munzon, Westsports snap Saigon’s streak in highly emotional contest

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Entering Wednesday night’s game, Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat were on a high, slaying the winning streaks of Hong Kong Eastern and Nanhai Kung Fu. However, Joshua Munzon and the Westsports Malaysia Dragons had other things in mind, keeping the Heat winless at the MABA Stadium, 91-87.

In his fourth game since returning to the Dragons, Munzon filled up the stat sheet, tallying 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Besides putting up the numbers, the athletic swingman from California helped limit reigning Heritage Player of the Week Williams to his worst game so far in the ABL. Averaging 27.33 points, 6.67 assists, and 6.0 rebounds prior to this game, Williams went field goal-less against the Dragons, missing all 11 of his attempts. The Filipino-American floor general was able to dish out eight assists and grab five caroms.

Westsports led by as much as 11 points in the final frame, 82-71, after Munzon found Marcus Marshall for a triple with 4:59 remaining. Behind World Imports Akeem Scott and Maxie Esho, the Heat stormed right back but was answered by a long bomb by Munzon to keep them at bay.

Marshall and Scott figured in a shootout to close out the game but in the end, the hosts were still able to etch out their second straight victory.

Marshall finished the game with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Dragons while Scott’s 44-point game went for naught.

After the emotionally charged contest though, few unkind words were exchanged by the officials of both squads that almost resulted into a brawl. Fortunately, things did not escalate beyond that.

In the video, Munzon was also seen shoving a Saigon player to try and pacify the situation. The league is currently investigating the post-game incident.

With the win, Westsports Malaysia raised its record to 3-4 while dropping Saigon to 4-3.

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Edward Kelly honored to fight alongside brother Eric

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Eric and Edward Kelly lived under the same roof for years in their hometown of Baguio City when they were young and shared the same burning passion in martial arts.

Growing up in the small town community of San Tomas Central, located within the city limits of Baguio, Eric and Edward did not always get along with one another as the two fought all the time, sometimes even resulting in injury.

“We were not that close before. We always fought. In short, Eric and I were headaches to our parents,” Edward recalled in jest.

“But of course, things change when you grow up and mature. We now appreciate each other’s company.”

Fortunately, when the brothers entered high school, Eric discovered martial arts, and everything would change for both of them.

Edward paid attention to the growing accolades of his older brother and was heavily motivated by it.

“I noticed after he started martial arts that it taught him the discipline not to fight me as a brother. Instead, he started giving me advice through what he had learned,” he bared. “I also joined martial arts because it teaches you discipline, and a lot of other positives, too.”

Years later, both men have made remarkable runs as outstanding martial artists in their respective professional careers.

Eric is widely regarded as one of the best homegrown martial arts athletes to come out of the Philippines.

A Wushu practitioner who combines solid striking techniques with high-level grappling skills, Eric owns nine scintillating submissions and one knockout out of 12 total career victories.

Eric’s most impressive showing to date came in a submission win over Rob Lisita in July 2014, a performance that earned him the USD 50,000 ONE Warrior Bonus.

Meanwhile, Edward is considered as one of the best and brightest featherweight prospects to emerge from the well-established martial arts scene in the Philippines.

With a complete striking and grappling skill set, Edward brings Team Lakay’s world-renowned Wushu to center stage as he showcases his impeccable skillset inside the ONE Championship cage.

In addition, the younger Kelly has won three of his last four bouts under the ONE Championship banner, all by spectacular finish.

The Kelly brothers get a rare chance on Friday, January 26 as the siblings will compete side-by-side when ONE Championship holds its first of the four scheduled events in the country for 2018.

Eric squares off with Brazilian standout Rafael Nunes on the undercard of ONE: Global Superheroes, while Edward crosses paths with Cambodia’s Meas Meul in a three-round featherweight clash.

It is the first time both of them will be featured at a ONE Championship event together, and Edward plans to make it a night they will never forget.

“I am so excited because finally, it’s going to happen. It marks the first time that I will compete alongside my older brother. Surely, it’s going to be a memorable night for the both of us,” he said.

“We have the same aim of winning. So making it two for two on this card will make this extra special.”

As Eric seeks to get back on the winning track at the expense of Nunes, Edward is likewise looking to move forward in his career after getting his three-bout winning streak snapped by American stalwart Emilio Urrutia in August 2017.

In his next cage outing, Edward goes up against Meul, a undefeated promotional newcomer with six wins to his credit.

“My coaches has prepared me well for this. I am not going to disappoint my team and my country when I enter that cage on 26th of January,” Edward assured. “I don’t want to let my countrymen down this time. I am here to give them a great bout.

“And of course, win the bout in impressive fashion for them.”

Edward has no qualms if he has to go full three rounds with Meul, but he admitted that his sights are always set on securing the finish.

“I am looking to dominate him for three rounds. But hopefully, I can get the finish,” he vowed.

“A finish will be the perfect way to tell the world that I am back.”

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Roger Pogoy churns best performance against former teammates

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Prior to Wednesday, all eyes were on the TNT Katropa-Blackwater Elite face-off, with many curious to see how last season’s Rookie of the Year Roger Pogoy would fare against his former FEU teammates Mac Belo and Raymar Jose.

And as the final buzzer sounded, the 25-year-old Pogoy had reigned triumphant over his close pals, getting away with a conference-best performance as a bonus.

The six-foot-two Cebuano sniper fired a game-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, along with eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals, to lead the Texters to a skid-ending, 92-83 victory at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

“Must-win talaga namin ‘to para makabawi kami, kasi 1-2 na yung standing namin (before the game) eh.

“Buti na lang maganda yung nilaro ko,” said Pogoy, who was just averaging 11.3 points in the past three games.

But Pogoy tipped his hat to the much taller Elite, who enjoyed plenty of time in the driver’s seat in the first half, until the Katropa found their groove in the third canto — highlighted by a 16-3 rally that put them ahead, 60-53.

“Malakas yung Blackwater eh, tapos ang lalaki nila kaya mahirap mag-drive, mahirap pumasa kasi naagaw nila,” said Pogoy. “Buti na lang naka-adjust kami nung second half. Hindi kami nagmadali, dinahan-dahan namin.”

Aside from his own outing, Pogoy is thankful that they were able to address their fourth quarter woes when facing the Elite — the issue that hounded them in their 76-88 loss to the San Miguel Beermen last Saturday in Iloilo.

TNT had actually been mere steps away from melting down — again — against Blackwater, no thanks to a 20-9 run that wiped out their 17-point lead to just six,

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With Nash Racela knowing his tendencies, Mac Belo limited to poor shooting

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Prior to Wednesday, Blackwater Elite’s young star Mac Belo was on a roll early in the 2018 Philippine Cup, averaging exactly 20 points on 42.6 percent shooting in their games against Meralco, Rain or Shine, and Ginebra.

But, as they say, good things must come to an end.

Belo, despite having 13 rebounds, was held to just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting as the Elite bowed to TNT Katropa, 92-83 — a sour loss knowing that they’re coming off huge 94-77 win against Ginebra last Friday.

“Bukol,” said Belo in jest of his poor outing after the match. “Big test para sa’min kasi yung TNT talagang isang de-kalibreng team dito sa PBA.

“Talagang pinaghandaan nila kami, at gustong-gusto nila manalo.”

It also did not help that the Katropa’s head coach, Nash Racela, was his coach in FEU Tamaraws for three years — a relationship brightly highlighted by a championship run in the UAAP Season 78 back in 2015.

“Siyempre alam niya yung mga tendencies ko. Matagal ko siyang coach sa FEU,” said the 6-foot-4 forward.

“Sa akin naman, kailangan ko pa matuto sa ganun, kung anong mga defense binabato niya sakin. Kailangan ko pang pag-aralan.”

But for Belo, the loss was more than his own showing. The 25-year-old lamented his and the Elite’s lapses on defense, which was encapsulated by the second half collapse they had that allowed TNT to come back and steal the win.

“Medyo marami lang kaming lapses especially sa defense namin,” said the sophomore forward, as they allowed TNT to shoot 41.6 percent from the floor. “Maraming mga miscommunication na kailangan pa namin i-work.”

Belo and the Elite are now set to move on from this bitter defeat, as they all shift their sights in their match this Friday versus GlobalPort Batang Pier. For the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart, it is already a must-win for them.

“Kailangan namin ng rest ngayon kasi back-to-back games kami. We need to win sa Friday para okay sa’min,” said Belo. “Kailangan din namin paghandaan kasi galing sila sa win.

“Kailangan namin i-double yung effort namin.”

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