As part of a busy weekend of MMA, Pacific X-Treme Combat hosted PXC 34 at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines, and the action was streamed live for the first time for audiences outside of the country. BloodyElbow.com was on deck for the event, and if you missed all the action, here's a recap on a card filled with some of the most promising prospects in the Asian region.
Featherweight rising star, Mark Striegl (12-0) made a huge statement on the co-headlining spot on the card when he took a big step up in competition by facing the current PXC lightweight champ, Harris Sarmiento, a veteran of almost 60 fights.
Sarmiento, has taken on some of the best guys in the business such as Nick Diaz, Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melendez and Jonathan Brookins. He's a well rounded and vastly experienced fighter, and on paper, he was supposed to be by far the stiffest test of the career of the young Filipino-American fighter in Striegl.
Most pundits expected Sarmiento to be able to test the other facets of Striegl's game, but the Baguio-based fighter had other plans. 'Mugen' was still able to impose his will and dominate the fight on the ground, and he ended up with the same exact finish on his last fight -- a slick submission he aptly calls the 'Fil-Americana' as a reference to his roots.
Just a little over the 2 minute mark of the very first round, Striegl passed the toughest test of his young career, and he made it look easy. He improved to 12-0, and after winning a non-title bout against the current PXC lightweight champion, he now has his eyes set on true PXC gold. Following the bout, the Half-Filipino asked for a shot at the featherweight belt, a title currently held by Joe Taimanglo (17-4), who was also in attendance that night.
Here's footage of the bout below:
And of course, here's the gif of the slick submission from BE's own Zombie Prophet:
Headlining the card was Ale Cali, who successfully defended his PXC flyweight title against the crowd favorite, and one of the pioneers of Filipino MMA in Erwin Tagle. After a close first round which saw the URCC legend in Tagle land several high kicks, Cali survived a few takedowns, picked up the pace, and kept on landing a series of punches and body blows. Tagle looked to be worn out and hurt on multiple occassions, and although he was very game, the fight was eventually stopped in between the 3rd and 4th rounds.
You can watch the entire video here, but here's the gif of the events which led to the end of the fight:
Also on the card was top Hawaiian featherweight prospect, Dustin Kimura (9-0), who like his name suggests, is a high level grappler, known for his submission game. Surprisingly though, as he faced Guy Delumeau, he didn't even look for takedowns, and was content to showcase his improving stand up skills. After a rocky opening round, Kimura was able to rely on his boxing, and eventually knocked out Delumeau on the third round.
In a fight which could very well determine the next in line for Ale Cali's featherweight strap, two of the top flyweight prospects faced off in a very exciting battle. Eugene Toquero, a Muay Thai specialist from Submission Sport Philippines, took on the Wushu-based Jerome Wanawan of Team Lakay in a battle of undefeated up and comers.
Toquero showed good takedown defense and a much improved overall MMA game, and as he put on a Muay Thai clinic, he added to his spectacular highlight reel that already includes a standing elbow knockout from his last PXC bout.
You can watch the video here, but here's the gif of the several knees he landed:
Korean Top Team product, Hong Seung Chan, who was being cornered by UFC star Chan Sung Jung, also made a splash. He dominated his Chinese opponent on the ground, and improving to 2-0 on his young career.
- Ale Cali def. Erwin Tagle via TKO (Retirement), R3 [PXC Flyweight Championship]
- Mark Striegl def. Harris Sarmiento via submission (Scarf Hold Armlock), R1
- Dustin Kimura def. Guy Delumeau via KO (Punch), R3
- Isaiah Ordiz def. Tristan Arenal via Split Decision
- Hong Seung Chan def. Qize Wu via TKO (Punches), R1
- Eugene Toquero def. Jerome Wanawan via TKO (Doctor Stoppage), R1
- Michinori Tanaka def. Russell Doane via submission
- Wang Sai def. Glen Ranillo by TKO (Punches), R1
- Kyle Aguon def. Steve Grandeza via submission (Armbar), R1
- Louis Smolka def. Bryan To Hang Lam via submission (Armbar), R1
- Dario Banario def. Ernesto Montilla via Unanimous Decision
- Zebaztian Kadestam def. Patrick Manicad via submission (RNC), R1