PXC 46 card announcements: LW title match Kato vs Ranillo, Sombdet vs Pitpitunge

PXC 46 Lightweight title match: Kato vs Ranillo
PXC 46 Lightweight title match: Kato vs Ranillo

Pacific X-treme Combat returns to the Philippines for their 46th installment on November 15, 2014 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Manila, Philippines, headlined by a Lightweight Championship clash between stand out Japanese Chuji Kato and surging Filipino Glen Ranillo.

 

Kato piled up two consecutive victories in the PXC before earning a spot at the 155 pound strap. He was sheduled to fight Frank Camacho last June in Guam but the scrap was cancelled due to a last-minute injury to Camacho.

Meanwhile, after starting with 1-2 record in his first year in the Guam-based MMA promotion, Ranillo scored three straight impressive victories, including first-round stoppages over Mark Billena and skilled Hawaiian Reno Remegio, which earned him a ticket to fight Kato for the vacant PXC title.

Crisanto Pitpitunge vs Rambaa Sombdet

PXC 46 will also feature an exciting flyweight match up between the former Bantamweight Champ Crisanto Pitpitunge and the division’s top contender, Rambaa Sombdet.

After losing his Bantamweight title to Michinori Tanaka in May of 2013, then absorbing a third round submission defeat at the hands of Han Bin Park, Pitpitunge has made a decision to move down to the flyweight division in which he feels he will be a much stronger athlete. He made a successful flyweight debut last June in Guam against the Josh Duenas.

It was back and forth action, both fighters showed toughness and fireworks, but when the third round ended, it was Pitpitunge’s hand that was raised via unanimois decision.

Rambaa Sombdet on the other hand, is no doubt, one of the most exciting fighters in the PXC today. The 40-year old Muay Thai wrecking machine was very impressive in his PXC debut last August of 2013 against Rabin Catalan. He dispalyed a well-rounded MMA game when he submitted his Filipino counterpart in the opening frame via RNC.

This fight might be a contender fight. So expect a violent scrap between these two promising fighters.

 

Ernesto Montilla vs Alvin Cacdac

Speaking of flyweight contenders, there is one more possible contenders’ match that could face the winner of Sombdet-Pitpitunge for the Flyweight title next year as heavy-handed Ernesto Montilla Jr. faces arguably his stiffest test to date in Alvin Cacdac.

Cacdac is a WEC and Strikeforce vet who has a tremendous amount of power behind his punches. He is 3-1 inside the PXC cage and looks to score another huge victory on November 15th.

Hailing from San Pedro Laguna, Philippines, Montilla Jr. packs unbelievable force in his strikes. When he fights, you can expect an all-out performance from this kid. Montilla is coming off a first-round submission win against the former champion Ale Cali back in March at PXC 43. He’s got a very bright future in this sport.

 

Gina Iniong vs Cortney Casey

A women’s match up is also set between Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong and Fight Ready MMA’s Cortney Casey.

One of PXC’s most exciting female MMA fighters, Gina Iniong put the fighters in her division on notice when she first stopped Nathalie Heidel last November of 2013 in the first round via TKO, then scored split decision win against Mei Yamaguchi back in March of 2014 at PXC 43. She aims for another big win at PXC 46 as she faces tough competition in Casey.

Fighting out of Mesa, Arizona, Casey is a huge threat to Iniong’s belt aspirations. She has a solid ground game, reflected in her record of 4 submission victories and a first round TKO, which she scored against Tomo Maesawa in June in her PXC debut.

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