After a successful event in Baguio earlier this year, Pacific X-treme Combat’s D-League, Laban MMA, is headed back to the mountainous city on July 11, 2015 to showcase more of Philippines’ top MMA prospects.
It was on February 28 this year when Laban MMA held it’s first-ever show in the talent-filled city and which resulted in positive feedback from fight fans around the region, having showcased some of the amazing young guns in the country.
PXC Laban MMA 2 headlines a flyweight bout between rising Lakay standout Stephen Loman going up against D’ Elements’ Genil Francisco. Loman is an interesting up and comer who has impressive wrestling and BJJ in his arsenal and can throw heavy punches and kicks.
When it comes to endurance, Loman will be in prime shape because of the team’s methods: Lakay fighters must be able to last for 25 minutes or even 30 in a fight before Mark Sangiao, head coach, lets them fight on the bigger cards. And since they train like they’re always fighting for a title, Loman adopted the mentality and it has made him one of the new prospects to watch out for. He also trained for a couple of months in the U.S at Team Quest.
Francisco trains at D’Elements Gym with some of the best strikers in the PXC like Jenel Lausa and Adamson Torbiso. He’s coming off a first-round submission (armbar) win over Charles Diao last month at PXC 48. Francisco might not be as technical a striker as Loman, but he will have a slight advantage when the fight goes to the ground.
This match up between two young guns is interesting. Whoever wins this fight may get a spot on the next PXC card in Manila or Guam.
Joshua Pacio, another Lakay talent, is undefeated and will look to stay unblemished when he faces Jonnil Borbon of D’ Elements Gym. Pacio is a promising lad who trains very hard because he truly wants to become of the country’s top MMA fighters. At the age of 17, he won his amateur MMA debut and since then he’s been unstoppable.
Standing accross the ring will be Borbon, a fighter who has great boxing and is quick on his feet. Expect an all out scrap between Pacio and Borbon come fight night when these two explosive strikers collide.
The undercard is also stacked with more local young fighters. Having these kind of developmental leagues for MMA in the country will surely reap more fruits in the future as the Philippines has a tremendous amount of young prospects who are just waiting for their shot in the spotlight.
They could get that shot through Laban MMA’s Baguio card. One of the young fighters who made in the last Baguio show was the main event winner Jon Chris Corton of Team Lakay.
Corton, a Shotokan Karate black belt, had terrific speed and elusiveness that night. He showed that he was very well-rounded in every aspect of the game when he defeated the crafty veteran Dennis Salazar.
Corton then went on to stamp a win on a big card at PXC 48 against a durable fighter in Rufino Mante via first-round TKO stoppage.
PXC’s Laban MMA: Baguio 2
July 11, 2015
- Stephen Loman vs. Genil Francisco135 lbs
- B. Dayangadang vs. Franklin Donglay125 lbs
- Jomar Pa-ac vs. Roy Menzi Jr125 lbs
- M. Remolar vs. Aaron Caguay125 lbs
- S. Banguigui vs. Jaybee Ban-eg125 lbs
- R. Olivar Jr vs. Erik Raymundo145 lbs
- Joshua Pacio vs. Jonnil Borbon125 lbs
- Delfin Nawen vs. Romnick Pabalate125 lbs
- Joseph Pasiwat vs. Alvin Velasco135 lbs
- Jeremy Pacatiw vs. Jiar Castillo130 lbs