Pacific Xtreme Combat 41 takes place on November 9, 2013 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines. As main event bout of the night, Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka is facing his stiffest fight to date as he challenges the current PXC Flyweight Champion from the Philippines, Ale “The Young Gun” Cali.
Louis Smolka is acknowledged as a top flyweight prospect coming out of Hawaii. The notorious grappler has an unblemished record of 4-0 and always looks for a submission whenever he is on the ground, as he has proved by finishing two of his opponents by rear naked choke, one by brabo choke and the fourth one with an armbar. He has another ace up his sleeve as well: at 5 feet 9 inches, the 22-year old Hawaiian is the tallest fighter in the PXC flyweight division today. But despite being a massive flyweight, he disclosed that he doesn’t have any problems cutting the extra pounds – it’s just that he really hates dieting. Quipped Smolka, “I walk around at between 145 to 150 pounds so it’s not that big of a deal to diet a few weeks out and get my weight down to about 135 fight week. It is annoying and I hate dieting but I have to sacrifice to win.” Though he cuts a lot to make it to 125, Smolka assured that it doesn’t influence his performance on fight night. “It doesn’t affect me that much on fight day because I’m still young and I recover quickly. But in a few years when I’m 24 or so I’ll be looking to move up weight classes as my frame naturally gets bigger,” he revealed.
He’s already had a taste of the heavier division and that’s why Smolka is confident about his abilities in different classes. Smolka and Ale Cali were first scheduled to fight each other last September at PXC 39. But at the time Cali was not fully recovered from a shoulder injury. Smolka couldn’t wait any longer to fight inside the PXC cage, so when he was offered the replacement fight to welcome former URCC Champion Jessie Rafols to the bantamweight division, without any uncertainty, he accepted. Smolka dismantled Rafols in the opening round with a rear naked choke. Instead of gloating, he commended Rafols by stating, “Jessie is a warrior. I went through four or five different opponents for that fight and he stepped up on late notice, I believe, in spite of some legal issues. So I’d like to thank him for taking the fight while dealing with all those issues.”
Prior to that fight, Smolka had been dealing with some issues of his own. He revealed that he had been sick for quite some time heading to the fight. Smolka confided, “I was battling bronchitis for a while, and that sickness made me dehydrated and was giving me a bunch of issues with the weight cut. For this camp I have taken a few extra precautions, like adding up my vitamin C intake and taking antibiotics at the start of the camp which cost me a few weeks of preparing but I believe that it was for the best overall.” Smolka is taking further preventive measures to make sure he is one hundred and ten percent equipped for his battle at PXC 41.
Smolka showed how versatile of a fighter he is and will be a fighter to watch in the coming years, both in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions. He agreed, “I am open to fighting at both weights but I feel that I am best suited for 125 right now. Like I said earlier, in a few years, when my body naturally gets bigger and I can no longer make the cut to 125, I’ll be looking to move up in weight class.”
For now, his main focus is the fight right in front of him. On November 9th, Smolka will finally go up against Ale Cali and try to dethrone the Champion in front of his hometown crowd. But the challenger is aware that the Filipino champion is no pushover, therefore he is gearing up in Hawaii at 808 Top Team alongside Harris Sarmiento, Reno Remejio Jr., Russel Doane, Ron Jhun and other tough fighters for the biggest fight of his life. Smolka believes that his BJJ will be his major advantage over Cali. He explained, “He is a dangerous opponent with good set ups for his striking and good cardio. My biggest advantage is obviously my ground skills. I train with what I believe are some of the best fighters in the world and I feel like they are a huge asset to my training for this fight. I am training with the same camps as always: 808 Top Team, Warhorse Strength, and CKJ 808 Striking Systems.” Added Smolka, “The biggest change in my preparation has been the addition of using bungees to improve my explosion, speed and cardio.”
Smolka, like many fighters, is dreaming of fighting in the biggest MMA organization in the world, the UFC. But before that, the Waipahu native’s first and foremost goal is to win the PXC Flyweight Title. Smolka states, “I feel like this fight is huge for my career. I only compete to prove that I will one day be the best in the world and this win would be huge in validating that belief that I have in myself.” Smolka won’t rest on his laurels and intends to push the pace. He states, “Fans can expect an entertaining fight. One of my goals as a fighter is to be an exciting one. I don’t want to be one of those point fighters who constantly goes to decisions and bores fans, I want to go out there and entertain the fans and get finishes. That’s what I will be looking to do on November 9th.”
The determined challenger stated in closing, “People are expecting a fight and that’s exactly what I plan to give them.”
Co-headlining PXC 41 is a featherweight rematch between top contender Mark “Mugen” Striegl and PXC newcomer Ev Ting. Also, the former PXC Bantamweight Champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge of Team Lakay is returning after losing his title to Michinori Tanaka at PXC 37. He will slug it out with Korean Top Team’s Han Bin Park.