Originally based in Guam, Pacific X-Treme Combat has successfully made a home in the combat sports-crazy country of the Philippines. On February 16 they will be hosting their 8th event in Manila and 35th major event overall, and once again it will be headlined by the well-traveled veteran, Harris Sarmiento, who will be moving back up to lightweight to defend his PXC belt against Filipino fighter, Isaiah Ordiz.
Sarmiento, even though he is yet to reach 30 years of age, is already one of the most experienced veterans in Asia, with this bout being his 60th MMA bout. He has faced the likes of Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson, and Jonathan Brookins, and is the reigning PXC lightweight champion.
He will be moving back up to defend his title after being unsuccessful on his last bout, a featherweight contest against Filipino rising-star, Mark Striegl (12-0). He will be looking to capitalize on that experience advantage when he takes on Ordiz, a talented prospect who has gone 2-0 in his career with PXC so far.
The lightweight title fight will be the main attraction for the night, but the real treat, and the unofficial main event in the eyes of the more hardcore fanbase is the interim bantamweight title bout between Joe Taimanglo (17-4) and Michinori Tanaka (6-0).
Taimanglo has been a mainstay on PXC events and although his frame is more suited at 135 lbs, he managed to claim the PXC featherweight championship after defeating the aforementioned fighter in Sarmiento on a 2011 Super-Fight. He's one of the most established fighters in the region at 135 lbs, but challenging him is one of the most exciting and fast-rising young stars from Japan in Tanaka.
Undefeated in 6 bouts since he started his career in 2010, the 22-year-old fighter in Tanaka was the Shooto Rookie Tournament Champion in 2011, and constantly receives high praise from his high profile teammates such as Caol Uno, Michihiro Omigawa and Shinichi Kojima. This high-level grappler recently turned heads on his PXC debut, when he completely outclassed the then undefeated Hawaiian in Russel Doane (8-1), granting him a shot at the interim title.
Both fighters are young and accomplished grapplers, but it is very interesting to see how a very promising young star in Tanaka can perform when he takes yet another step up in competition against guy of Taimanglo's caliber.
The event take place at the Ynares Arena, and here's the rest of the fight card:
- Harris Sarmiento vs. Isaiah Ordiz [PXC LW Title]
- Joe Taimanglo vs. Michimori Tanaka [Interim BW Title]
- Louis Smolka vs. Alvan Cacdac
- Tony Reyes vs. Troy Bantiag
- Chuji Kato vs. Hong Seung Chan
- Dario Banario vs. Joseph Mercado
- Ronald Jhun vs. Zebastian Kadestam
- Ruel Catalan vs. Ernesto Montilla Jr.
- Adrian Hillana vs. Steve Grandeza
- Glen Ranillo vs. Mark Billena