Newly assigned Director of Fight Operations for Pacific X-treme Combat, Ed Calvo, discusses future plans of the fight promotion.
Since 2011, PXC has held 12 successful events in the Philippines and has produced two former champions there in Ale Cali and Crisanto Pitpitunge, and their popularity has been steadily growing over the past couple of years. TV 5, one of the largest TV networks in the Philippines, is their broadcast partner. This a huge gain for the Guam-based MMA promotion as they can reach millions of fight fans in the Philippines through this broadcast.
PXC is also announced its intention to produce numerous shows in major provinces in the archipelago that should lead to some discoveries of future PXC stars.
PXC has been sending some of its top fighters in the UFC recently. The newest addition to the list is Roldan Sangcha-an, a very promising undefeated young flyweight fighter from the Philippines.
MMA-in-ASIA spoke with Calvo shortly before PXC 44 in Guam on June 27, 2014, and got his breaking news on fighters coming and going, possible future title shots, and the trials of being a matchmaker.
MMA-in-Asia: Let’s talk about the vacant titles in the PXC. The Flyweight, Bantamweight, and Lightweight titles are unoccupied. Are we going to see new champions claiming these titles before the year ends?
Calvo: Championship opportunities have opened up for some of top fighters. While we would like to have all of our titles occupied, it is important to have our contenders establish their legitimacy before we award them a shot at the belt. Having said that we plan on crowning a new flyweight and lightweight champion before the end of the year.
MMA-in-Asia: Do you plan to organize some tournaments anytime soon?
Cavlo: We don’t plan on switching to a tournament format.
MMA-in-Asia:PXC 44 will be headlined by Josh Calvo and Zebaztian Kadestam for the Welterweight Title. Can you give us your thoughts on that fight card?
Calvo: Really excited for this coming fight card. Josh and Zebaztian are without a doubt, the top 170 pounders in the division. Both of them are undefeated in PXC, so not only is there a title on the line but a lot of pride as well.
Yusuke Yachi is another standout Shooto fighter who looks to carry over some momentum from his last victory in PXC over Kyle Reyes. Yachi is facing PXC newcomer Ryan Mulvhill, who has wins over Toby Misech and Harris Sarmiento. Look for Mulvhill to try to take it to the ground and try to lock up a submission.
For the very first time we have some of our Filipino fighters coming to Guam to compete. Troy Bantiag and Crisanto Pitpitunge will be taking on Kyle Aguon and Josh Duenas respectively. Troy will be looking to bounce back from a two fight losing streak against Guam’s Kyle Aguon, whose last fight was a loss in a title fight against Michinori Tanaka. Cristano Pitpitunge is attempting to establish himself in the flyweight division, but standing in his way is the flyweight champion on Saipan Josh Duenas.
We also have Filipino-American Josh Sapinoso taking on Kyle Reyes. Josh is making his PXC debut and looking to beat the man his training partner, Rolando Dy, handled at PXC 39.
Cortney Casey is taking Tomo Maesawa as we continue to grow our female 115 division. Nova Uniao Japan’s Eric Michael Fought will be taking on Korean Top Team’s Han Sel Kim. Kim’s nickname “Baby Lim” refers to his teammate and former PXC welterweight champion Lim Hyun Gyu. They have similar styles so look for Kim to throw powerful strikes and look for the knockout finish.
MMA-in-Asia:You have a large fan base in the Philippines and they are curious on when’s your next event going to be.
Calvo: We are finalizing a date for our return to Manila this year, and you can expect to see some of our top Filipino talent such as, Ernesto Montilla and Gina Iniong.
MMA-in-Asia:What is the best and worst part of being a matchmaker?
Calvo: The best thing about being a matchmaker is when you put together a card that from top to bottom is filled with high level and exciting fights that the fans enjoy. The worst part is unprofessional managers and fighters.
MMA-in-Asia:What’s the biggest problem that you’ve encountered so far being PXC’s newest matchmaker?
Calvo: I’ve been part of the PXC team since I was a little kid so I don’t feel like there is anything new to me. In fact I have been working for PXC in some matchmaking capacity since high school.
MMA-in-Asia:With Roldan Sancha-an headed to the UFC, who are the top guys that would likely vie for the vacant PXC flyweight title?
Calvo: Ernesto Montilla Jr. is one of my favorite Filipino fighters because of his exciting style and his fastball for a right hand. Under the guidance of Pete Brooks, Ernesto has emerged as a well-rounded fighter who solidified his place as a top flyweight after his submission victory over former champion Ale Cali.
Alvin Cacdac is one of our most veteran flyweights with his only loss in PXC coming against Louis Smolka. Alvin is extremely well-rounded and can fight at either 125 or 135.
Rambaa Somdet unfortunately had to pull out of his scheduled title shot because of a neck injury. He has completed his rehab and is looking to get back in the PXC cage in 2014.
Darren Uyenoyama is our newest flyweight signing. The former UFC fighter is a jiu jitsu specialist who is always looking for a submission.
MMA-in-Asia:I’ve asked you about Striegl’s 135 pound debut. Is it going to push through or his next fight would still be at 145?
Calvo: Mark Striegl’s contract with PXC expired in April. Unfortunately we were unable to come to an agreement with his manager.