PXC 41 features Cali vs Smolka for the Flyweight title, Striegl vs Ting 2, Ptiptitunge vs Park

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On November 9, 2013, Pacific Xtreme Combat will hold its 41st event at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines. Flyweight Champion Ale “The Young Gun” Cali pits his title against an undefeated opponent for a second time when he takes on Hawaiian submission expert Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka.

Flyweight Champion Ale Cali versus Challenger Louis Smolka

Ale Cali made his PXC debut two years ago at number 26 versus Josh Alvarez. Cali, a Davao City native, immediately showed his boxing prowess by smacking the Guamanian fighter with heavy punches. He ended up stopping Alvarez in the second round with a TKO which gave him his first victory. Since then, Cali went on a tear, winning three in a row, including third round victories over Jessie Taitano at PXC 29 – where he became the first-ever PXC Flyweight Champion – and then his first title defense against the very technical Erwin Tagle at PXC 34.

Cali is widely known for his incredible footwork and blinding hand speed. A fighter with a varied skill set who is a highly dangerous striker on the feet, he has slaughtered four foes by TKO and one by decision. However, the champ has been sidelined for a year since his first title defense due to a shoulder injury. Now the big question for him is how will he deal with the ring rust when he squares off with one of Hawaii’s best fighters?

Louis Smolka aims for his fifth straight victory in his attempt to become the new PXC Flyweight title holder, but he needs to beat the hard-hitting, tough-to-hit champion to get it. There is no question about Smolka being the best grappler in this match-up. His polished BJJ is going to be his biggest advantage against Cali. To dethrone the champ, “Da Last Samurai” must take the fight to the ground early and try to out grapple his opponent, because as the fight progresses, Cali will become more dangerous and harder to hit.

This is going to be the biggest fight for both Cali’s and Smolka’s careers, and they are both very capable of finishing the fight in an exciting way – this fight is guaranteed to display fireworks. Both men should follow their gameplan, though, because every point is going to be crucial for this championship bout.

Ev Ting versus Mark Striegl

As the co-main event, Ev Ting will try to prove that lightning never strikes twice as he goes up against Filipino MMA icon Mark “Mugen” Striegl for the second time.

Ting tasted the first loss of his career at the hands of Striegl early in 2011 at Legend FC 7. It was a devastating moment for the Kiwi fighter as the Filipino choked him out cold in the opening round. However, Ting stated in a previous interview with MMA-in-ASIA that his game has tremendously improved since that fateful first encounter. Though accepting the fight on short notice, Ting is confident that he can beat Striegl and will make his PXC debut a very convincing one.

Meanwhile, Striegl is super motivated for this fight since he is coming off a third round submission loss to Korean Top Team’s Jangyong Kim at PXC 39 in September. “Mugen” prepared well for this fight in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia with teammates AJ Pyro and Will “The Kill” Chope. He badly wants to bounce back from his recent defeat and aims to return to title contention. Striegl may use the same blueprint he used to defeat Ting once before – his ground game is superior to the Kiwi’s, so he might utilize his wrestling and take Ting down. Or, he might look for his first-ever win by knock out. A convincing win over Ting might just land Striegl a rematch with Kim.

Crisanto Pitpitunge versus Han Bin Park

PXC 41 also features a bantamweight contest between a powerful puncher from Baguio, the former PXC Bantamweight Champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge and Han Bin Park. Though he lost the title to Tanaka at PXC 37, Team Lakay’s Pitpitunge intends to end the year with a bang by adding another highlight reel win to his resume by knocking out Triston Gym’s Han Bin Park. Pitpitunge was first scheduled to fight Russell Doane, but the Hawaiian pulled out to face UFC vet Jared Papazian as the main event fight of Tachi Palace Fights 17 on November 14th in the US.

Stepping in for Doane is Park, a bantamweight prospect from South Korea. Like other South Korean fighters, Park is well-versed on the ground. He knows that one of Pitpitunge’s weaknesses is his ground game, so he will surely try to take the Filipino fighter down and count him out with a submission win.

Frank Camacho versus Seung Hwan Bang

A lightweight scrap is set to go down between two exciting and powerful fighters as Frank “The Crank” Camacho welcomes Korean Top Team’s Seung Hwan Bang to the PXC. Camacho is without a doubt, one of the scariest dudes in the PXC lightweight division. He carries with him a record of 11-2 (9 KO/KTO, 1 submission and 1 decision). This guy can knock anybody out with the bombs that are his hands. He is coming off two knockout wins over James Jones and Koshi Matsumoto. “The Crank” aims for his second straight PXC win this year as he takes on a fellow veteran.

Bang is a well-rounded fighter who has unbelievable power and a frightening BJJ game. He is another product of one of South Korea’s top MMA gyms, Korean Top Team, and the former DEEP FC Lightweight Champion with a 16-7 record. Like Camacho, Bang hunts for his second win this year and aspires to be one of the top PXC lightweight contenders next year. This fight might get the ‘KOTN’ honors.

Shane Alvarez versus Rodel Orais

Saipan’s Shane “Pikaboo” Alvarez will try to spoil URCC vet Rodel Orais’ PXC debut – these two electrifying bantamweights will scrap in the first fight of the night. Alvarez is one of Saipan’s up-and-coming fighters who owns notable wins over Brandon Camacho, Ben Duenas, Kevin Esteves, and Tony Reyes. “Pikaboo” is all set to welcome Orais inside the “Terror Dome” and he intends to make his PXC debut an unforgettable one as he plans on taking him out as quickly as possible.

Orais in the other hand has been in the fight business for quite some time. He debuted as a pro boxer way back in 1996 and has a boxing record of 16 wins (5 KOs), 13 losses, and 2 draws. This guy has been in a 10-round fight with the former WBO International Featherweight Champion Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista. Aside from his background, Orais has also developed a fine ground game to back up his boxing skills. He wants to prove to a lot of people that he is a fighter to watch in the bantamweight division.

Also on the card

PXC 41 will feature a women’s bout between reviving Gina “Conviction” Iniong of Team Lakay and newcomer Borneo Tribal Squad’s Nathalie Heidel. The contest is set at atomweight (105 lbs. Limit). Both Iniong and Heidel are exceptional strikers who have been training at two exceptional camps in the region. As a rare female match, they will be looking to impress the PXC fans.

Two more Team Lakay fighters are going to make their appearances on the card. Top bantamweight contender Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag takes on a powerful wrestler in Jonathan Pecyna, and massive bantamweight Harold Banario – the youngest of the famous Banario brothers – is ready to lock horns with Joseph Mercado, who is seeking to end his two-fight losing skid.

Returning from a second round submission loss against Roldan Sangchaan at PXC 39, Fightworks MMA’s Ernesto Montilla Jr. meets fellow striking specialist Jinel Lausa of Team Insider Gym Makati in what will be a very interesting flyweight match.

PXC 41 will be streamed live and free of charge on Livestream at http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1594039/events/2473023.

PXC 41
November 9, 2013
Ynares Sports Arena
Manila, Philippines

Flyweight Champion Ale Cali versus Challenger Louis Smolka

Ev Ting versus Mark Striegl

Crisanto Pitpitunge versus Han Bin Park

Frank Camacho versus Seung Hwan Bang

Shane Alvarez versus Rodel Orais

Gina Iniong versus Nathalie Heidel

Troy Bantiag versus Jonathan Pecyna

Harold Banario versus Joseph Mercado

Ernesto Montilla Jr versus Jinel Lausa

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