Harris Sarmiento isn't even 30-years-old yet, but this past weekend, this well traveled veteran fought for the 60th time in his MMA career. BloodyElbow.com was on deck at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City, Philippines, where Sarmiento used his vast experience advantage over prospect Isaiah Ordiz to successfully defend his lightweight crown.
The bout headlined Pacific X-Treme Combat's 35th major event, and it ended with Ordiz succumbing to a Kimura from the Filipino-Hawaiian. Both men are more known for their striking skills, but as the highly experienced fighter in Sarmiento felt that he would be far more successful on the ground, he decided to take the former boxer down and he immediately dominated from there. Ordiz has shown to be a talented prospect when he battered Tristan Arenal on his last bout, but this being just his third professional outing, the Sarmiento was able to show that he still needed to work on rounding out his entire MMA game.
Following the victory, Sarmiento immediately called out Mark Striegl, who was in attendance that evening. The two fought at 145 lbs late last year, and the top featherweight prospect in Striegl dominated on the ground and landed his favorite "Fil-Americana" submission.
During the event, PXC head, EJ Calvo informed Bloody Elbow that Striegl is penciled in for their next show in Manila this May, and it looks like Sarmiento will be lobbying for a slot on the card and for a chance to avenge that loss.
Speaking of their next show, PXC Flyweight Champion Ale Cali will be looking to make another defense of his title on that card, and after an impressive victory on this card, he now has an opponent. Louis Smolka (3-0) fought Alvin Cacdac on the co-headlining spot of the card, and the Hawaiian impressed as he won by a third round choke after an exciting back and forth affair. Smolka earned Fight of the Night honors, along with a title shot against the former boxer in Cale.
PXC 35 had finishes on 8 out of its 9 bouts, where several prospects also churned out quality wins. Team Lakay had two of their fighters win impressively in Troy Bantiag (5-1) and Dario Banario (3-0), who is the brother of ONE FC and URCC champ, Honorio Banario. Young Japanese prospect Chuji Kato (4-1) displayed a very similar style from his Ground Slam teammate in Michinori Tanaka, as he also dominated on the ground en route to a slick submission. Ole Laursen's Legacy Gym stablemate in Zeb Kadestam (4-0) also continued his mean streak winning by a fast and brutal leg kick TKO finish.
Here are full results from the evening:
PXC 35: Sarmiento vs. Ordiz
February 16, 2013 -- Pasig City, Philippines
Harris Sarmiento def. Isaiah Ordiz by Submission (Kimura), R1 [PXC Lightweight Title]
Louis Smolka def. Alvin Cacdac by Submissino (Rear Naked Choke), R3
Troy Bantiag def. Tony Reyes by TKO (Punches), R1
Chuji Kato def. Egon Racz by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
Dario Banario def. Joseph Mercado by Decision (Unanimous)
Zebaztian Kadestam def. Ronald Jhun by TKO (Leg Kicks), R1
Ernesto Montilla def. Ruel Catalan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R2
Miguel Mosquera def. Steve Grandeza by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R2
Glen Ranillo def. Mark Billena by Submission (Armbar), R1
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