PXC 45 fight preview: Bantamweight Championship Rolando Dy vs Kyle Aguon

PXC 45 Bantamweight Championship Rolando Dy vs Kyle Aguon
PXC 45 Bantamweight Championship Rolando Dy vs Kyle Aguon

 

Pacific X-treme Combat 45 takes place at University of Guam Field House in Mangilao, Guam on October 24, 2014 starring Rolando Dy and Kyle Aguon for the vacant 135 pound title.

Rolando Dy

A former featherweight, Dy, sacrificed his 145 pound top contender status when he decided to move down to bantamweight earlier this year and faced the then undefeated South Korean fighter, Han Bin Park at PXC 43 for his 135 pound debut.

The scrap between Dy and Park was a one-sided affair as the Filipino proved his critics wrong on moving down a division when he dominated the scrappy South Korean prospect in three rounds with his improved all-around game.  Dy got the unanimous decision, extending his winning streak to three.

After his impressive bantamweight debut, Dy has been granted by PXC officials to face Kyle Aguon, a Guam native who has been in the upper echelon of the 135 pound division for the past year. This will be Dy’s second time fighting outside his home country of the Philippines, after he faced Ev Ting in 2012 at Legend FC 10 in Macau, China.

Dy will be looking to disappoint the home town crowd in Guam come fight night by defeating Guam’s top bantamweight fighter and becoming the new PXC Bantamweight king.

Kyle Aguon

On the other hand, Aguon’s experience will be tested anew as he is set to make his second try at getting the 135 strap since losing to the former PXC Champ and now UFC fighter Michinori Tanaka last year in his backyard at PXC 40.  That challenge ended his four-fight winning streak.  Since that loss, Aguon went back to the drawing board and re-evaluated everything in his game that cost him the fight to the top Japanese.

On June 27, 2014, Aguon faced Troy Bantiag as one of the main card fights of PXC 44. He made quick work of the Filipino by submitted Bantiag via kimura lock in the dying seconds of the opening frame. It was a huge win for Aguon as he put himself back on track and got another crack at the title hardware.

Aguon has faced and defeated some of the best fighters in the division today. He is a young and evolving fighter who is seeking his first mixed martial arts title since he started competing as a pro in 2008.

Fight analysis

Both Aguon and Dy are capable of stopping the fight in the early rounds, but we might see a very technical but entertaining scrap between these two young and hungry fighters.

Aguon will look to establish his jabs and low kicks to set up his take downs early in the fight, but Dy has a solid take down defense of his own and will look to counter Aguon’s offense with his muay thai.

The Filipino has the advantage in the striking department but his endurance will be tested once again as Aguon will definitely try to take the fight either on the clinch or the ground; a game plan that has been working perfectly for the Guamanian prize-fighter. Whoever wins this fight will surely keep the title for a long time. Two great and talented fighters with a bright future ahead of them in the fight business.