Former PXC flyweight champion Ale Cali was found dead in Ulas Crossing, in Davao City, a province in the Philippines. The Filipino fighter suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the head and neck. Cali was 25-years old.
Multiple outlets from the Philippine province cite eyewitness reports that a still unidentified gunman struck from behind and fired three shots before fleeing the scene. Local authorities have declined to comment on the motive on the incident pending a complete investigation. Reportedly found on Cali was his phone, wallet, IDs, and cash.
Cali started out as a boxer, before jumping into MMA and earning a reputation as one of the most charismatic and entertaining strikers in the Philippines. After a brief stint with the URCC, he won 4 straight bouts in PXC, winning and defending their flyweight title in the process.
In 2013, he lost his belt to Louis Smolka, who would move on to be a successful UFC fighter. Cali has an overall record of 5-3 in MMA, and was penciled in to compete at the next PXC card in Manila this year.