Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka, recent PXC Flyweight Champion and one of the most exciting fighters in Asia in 2013, makes his UFC debut on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35 – Rockhold vs. Phillipou against Alp Ozkilic.
When the undefeated Smolka announced through social media site Facebook that he had signed with the biggest MMA promotion in the world, he exclaimed to MMA-in-ASIA, “I am so happy that I signed with the UFC, this is what I’ve been working towards for years and to finally have all my hard work come to fruition is an amazing feeling, it’s the best Christmas gift I’ve ever had.”
The Hawaiian flyweight standout made his pro MMA debut on April of 2012 against Nova Uniao Puna’s Shane Pacarro at Destiny MMA. Smolka came out victorious, stopping Pacarro by way of second round TKO. He then faced Kawika Martin at KOTC – Mana for his second pro fight on October 20, 2012. Smolka outclassed his fellow Hawaiian fighter on the ground, making him tap in the second round via Brabo choke.
Smolka was signed by the PXC a month after dismantling Martin, and booked to face Hong Kong’s Muay Thai champion in Bryan To Hang Lam at PXC 34.
Smolka, once again, displayed his grappling wizardry against the highly-decorated striker in To Hang Lam. It was in the 3:54 mark of the opening frame where Smolka caught To Hang Lam in a very bone-crushing arm bar. After that, Smolka piled up three straight victories in the PXC cage including his hard-fought victory over heavy-handed fighter Alvin Cacdac, and another submission victory against top ranked Filipino bantamweight warrior Jessie Rafols.
Smolka’s remarkable three consecutive submission victories in the PXC gave him the ticket to challenge the Flyweight champion Ale “The Young Gun” Cali.
At PXC41, Smolka and Cali faced each other in Manila, Philippines for the PXC World Flyweight Title. The main event fight turned out to be the most fulfilling win of the young Hawaiian’s MMA career as he overwhelmed Cali with his grappling abilities. Smolka defeated Cali by way of second round TKO and became the new PXC Wolrd Flyweight Champion. “My fight with ale Cali was a great fight and I had a great time entertaining the fans, he had a great game plan and showed some good improvements in his ground game,” Smolka remarked of the fight.
Smolka makes his UFC debut on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35 – Rockhold vs. Phillipou in The Arena at Gwinneth Center, Duluth, Georgia against “The Turkish Delight” Alp Ozkilic, who recently made his successful Octagon debut by defeating Darren Uyenoyama via Split Decision at UFC on Fox 9 – Johnson vs. Benavidez 2.
Smoklka confidently confirmed that he is all set to bring his talent in front of millions of UFC fans around the globe, “I am ready to make the most of this opportunity to show my skills on the biggest stage in the sport, and I am very confident in my abilities.”
The 22-year-old credits 808 Top Team for all the accomplishments he’s had lately, saying “I feel as though 808 Top Team has had a great year so far and I have some of the best training partners in the state at CKJ808StrikingSystems. Russell Doane and myself have been training with UFC veterans Max Holloway and Dustin kimura as well, so I am incredibly happy with the way my training partners and I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to train with.”
When asked about his thoughts on UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson, Smolka shared, “Demetrius Johnson is an incredibly skilled fighter who has shown a very diverse skill set in his MMA career and since becoming the champion has won bouts by both submission and knockout; he is very quick and shows very intelligent game planning.”
Since Smolka is headed to the UFC, the interesting question now is, who will be the next contenders for the PXC Flyweight Title? “I would like to see some combination of Ale Cali, Rambaa Somdet and Alvin Cacdac becoming tittle contenders and competing for the title, they are the best in PXC’s flyweight division that I know of,” said the former Champion.
Smolka is known for being a very entertaining fighter who always looks to finish fights. He is an undefeated, very skilled, and huge for a flyweight guy. He is pumped to finally make his UFC debut and he plans on making a huge statement against Ozkilic. When asked about what people can expect from him in his UFC debut, Smolka remarked, “UFC fans can expect excitement. I plan to push the pace and force action, just how I always fight. They can also expect me to pursue the finish.”
When asked on what he has to do to make sure this UFC run is as successful as was his run in the PXC, Smolka answered, “I just have to keep improving and keep working, I know that I’m nowhere near my peak and I just need to stay hungry, and keep improving in any and every way possible.”