Pacific X-treme Combat is headed back to the Philippines on March 29, 2014 for its 43rd installment at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Ernesto Montilla Jr versus Ale Cali is the main event.
Rambaa Sombdet and Roldan Sangcha-an were set to headline PXC 43 for the vacant PXC Flyweight Title, but the Thai fighter suffered a herniated disk in training just a couple of weeks before the fight which made the PXC official decide to scratch the contention. PXC assured that the undefeated Team Lakay standout, Sangcha-an, will maintain his number one contender status and fight for the title at a future PXC.
The flyweight showdown between the heavy-handed prospect Ernesto Montilla Jr. and the very elusive, unpredictable, and the former PXC flyweight king, Ale Cali will now serve as the main event fight of PXC 43. Fresh from his unanimous decision victory over Jinel Lausa at PXC 41, Montilla Jr. plans to run for a title this year, but before that, he needs to beat the always-dangerous boxer Cali. Montilla, who is known for his punching power and granite chin, hails from San Pedro, Laguna representing Fightworks MMA.
Cali doesn’t need an introduction, he is the former PXC 125 pounds title holder who is notorious on the feet. He lost his title last November of 2013 against Louis Smolka, who then relinquished it in December for a UFC contract. Smolka soundly won his UFC debut against Alptekin Ozkilic via unanimous decision. The loss to Smolka was a heart-breaking one for the Davao native Cali; Smolka exposed his weaknesses on the ground. Cali is now training very hard to improve his ground skills and plans to get his title back by the end of the year.
A hot prospect from women’s MMA in the Philippines, Gina Iniong, will make her second appearance in the “Terror Dome” against Japanese submission ace Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in an atomweight (105 lbs.) fight.
Iniong made her PXC debut at PXC 41, historically being the first-ever Filipina to compete in the “Terror Dome”. She wasted no time as she made a quick work of Heidel and stopped her via TKO in the very first round. Yamaguchi is coming off a razor-thin split decision loss against Patricia Vidonic at PXC 40 in what was an incredibly exciting fight. Due to their past performances in PXC alone, Iniong versus Yamaguchi should be one of the most anticipated fights of the night.
Also on the card, a very intriguing lightweight showdown is booked between Glen Ranillo and Reno Remegio Jr. Ranillo is a PXC vet who went 2-0 in 2013. He trains out of Team Insider Gym in Makati, Philippines alongside PXC flyweight fighter Jinel Lausa. Remegio’s first PXC appearance was against the then undefeated Korean Top Team lightweight prospect Hong Seung Chan at PXC 37. He accepted the fight on a short notice and had zero knowledge about his South Korean foe. Remegio displayed his world-class striking when he pounded Seung Chan with his cracking punches and kicks from the opening round until the 2:09 mark of the third where the referee stopped the fight and saved Seung Chan from further beating.
Featherweight top contender Rolando Gabriel Dy will go down to 135 pounds to face South Korea’s Han Bin Park in what it looks like a title contender scrap.
March 29, 2014
Ynares Sports Arena
Ale Cali vs. Ernesto Montilla (125 lbs.)
Gina Iniong vs. Mei Yamaguchi (105 lbs.)
Rolando Dy vs. Han Bin Park (135 lbs.)
Glenn Ranillo vs. Reno Remegio (155lbs.)
Jinel Lausa vs. Venson Delopere (125 lbs.)
Jerome Wanawan vs. Roy Doliguez (115 lbs.)
Kid Orais vs. Dean Bermudez (125 lbs.)
Joseph Mercado vs. Dominiel Eduave (135 lbs.)
Arex Montalban vs. Lorde Rey Yamit (145 lbs.)