PXC 46 preview: Crisanto Pitpitunge versus Rambaa Sombdet

PXC 46 Ramba Somdet vs Crisanto Pitpitunge
PXC 46 Ramba Somdet vs Crisanto Pitpitunge

Two of the most feared strikers in Pacific X-treme Combat go toe-to-toe on November 15, 2014 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines as former PXC 135-pound champion Crisanto Pitpitunge battles Muay Thai wrecking machine Rambaa Sombdet as part of the main card fights of PXC 46.

 

2013 was no doubt the toughest year of Pitpitunge’s mixed martial arts career as he recorded a 0-2 run. It all started when he faced the then undefeated and surging UFC-signed Japanese prospect, Michinori Tanaka, at PXC 37 as his first-ever Bantamweight title defense.

Pitpitunge was outworked and outclassed by Tanaka that night which led to a unanimous decision loss at the hands of the Japanese warrior. After losing his title against Tanaka, he then met South Korea’s Han Bin Park in November of the same year at PXC 41.

The Team Lakay standout dominated the first two rounds by hurting his South Korean foe with his powerful punches and kicks. But it was in the third round where Park came out from his corner all fired up, knowing he was way behind on points. Park swarmed Pitpitunge with knees and punches in the clinch and took the former Bantamweight Champ down, took his back, and sunk in a rear naked choke.

After two consecutive losses, Pitpitunge decided to drop down to the 125-pound division and made his debut there last June in Guam against Josh Duenas. Pitpitunge looked extremely powerful and quick in his new weight class. It was a war between him and Duenas that night. He took a unanimous decision victory and put himself back in the winning column.

Pitpitunge’s next goal is to be the new PXC flyweight king, but he will be facing a competitor who has been in the fight game for 20 years and has shown tremendous improvements of his overall MMA game, Rambaa Sombdet.

 

Sombdet is arguably the most successful Muay Thai fighter in the PXC today with numerous local and international titles under his belt. The 40-year-old fighter is Shooto’s former Flyweight Champion and is currently 1-0 in the PXC.

Despite of his age, Sombdet is not showing any signs of slowing down. In his PXC debut in August of 2013 against Rabin Catalan, though it was his first time fighting in over a year, he made it look so easy as he submitted the Filipino sanda specialist in the opening frame by way of rear naked choke. It was Sombdet’s first-ever submission win.

Sombdet never fails to entertain. He has a very unique fighting style that fans really love to see. He is very agile and his striking is just superb. It will be interesting to see how he will react to Pitpitunge’s punching power on November 15th.

 

The Pitpitunge-Sombdet fight is one of the most anticipated scraps of the night as two notorious fighters will go against each other and most likely aim for a knockout finish.

Expect this fight to take place exclusively on the feet and end with a jaw-dropping knockout stoppage. But we never know; we might see a submission finish coming from these guys.

Whoever wins this fight might get a chance next year to challenge the winner of the Flyweight Championship between Ernesto Montilla Jr. versus Alvin Cacdac, which takes place on this same card.