Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) named its new Flyweight and Bantamweight champions on its 51st fight night in an event held on the evening of 16 January at the Solaire Resort and Casino, Pasay City Philippines.
Jinel Lausa edged Crisanto Pitpitunge with a razor-thin split decision win to earn the right to be called as the king of the 125 lbs. division, in the night’s main event.
The newly-minted champion from Team Inside exhibited an improved wrestling defense and a cleaner striking game that was enough to convince two of the judges that he bested the former PXC bantamweight champ from Team Lakay. Lausa, who is also the 4th man to hold the organization’s flyweight belt, presently rides a four-fight winning-streak with a career win-loss record of 6 and 2; Pitpitunge, meanwhile, has 8-4 now.
In the co-main event, undefeated Korean MMA star, Kwan Ho Kwak, extended his streak to eight after totally outclassing then-bantamweight champion, Kyle Aguon, of Guam. Kwak’s fluid striking reduced the dethroned titleholder into survival mode in several instances of the fight. The difference in terms of damage inflicted and effective aggression was evident that the five-round bout looked like it was going to be stopped since the third round. Aguon’s loss is his fifth in 16 fights.
The lengthy night only saw two finishes courtesy of Filipino fighters, Gina Iniong and Rex de Lara.
Iniong made a statement with her submission finish of Spanish Judo ace, Vanessa Fernandez. After getting taken down, Iniong found a window to clamp in a leglock and twist away–forcing a tap at 1:57 into the first round. Iniong may not had her chance to showcase her trademark Team Lakay stand-up game, but the quick win promoted her record to 4-2; Fernandez slipped down to 2-2.
Rex de Lara is suddenly put under the spotlight of the international MMA fandom for his handiwork against Stephen Loman. Just 14 seconds into the clash, de Lara caught Loman with a walloping right hook mid-attack, causing the latter to be out cold in what appears as an ‘airborne knockout’. Video clips of the highlight-reel finish are currently having rounds in the social media. The win ups de Lara’s record to 4-5 while the loss absorbed by Loman sets him at 5-2.
The other fights went as follows:
Ernie Braca claimed a split decision victory over Emilio Urrutia. Braca’s record is now at 2-2; Urrutia at 7-3.
Han-Seul Kim etched a unanimous decision win over Nao Yoneda. Kim elevated his record to 6-3; Nao dropped his to 5-3.
Sho Kogane was favored with a split decision call over Wesley Machado. Sho improved his record to 9-2; Machado failed to advance his with 0-2.
Rolando Dy dominated Miguel Mosquera for a clean-cut unanimous decision. Dy advanced his record to 6-4; Mosquera skidded to 2-1.
Jon Chris Corton outpointed Farmon Gafarov for a unanimous decision. Cortron now holds a 4-2 record; Gafarov suffered the first defeat in his career after earning three wins.