Pacific Xtreme Combat 34 took place in Manila at the giant Smart Araneta Stadium with live streaming via Sherdog, two very impressive aggressive moves to grow the Guam-based promotion in Asia. A crowd of about 3,500 people watched an international card with 12 matches. There were some surprising outcomes, some one-sided whippings, and some definite title contenders emerging. PXC has plans to continue to add international talent to the roster while finding and showcasing Filipino fighters, and should be announcing next years’ schedule and locations soon, with plans to aggressively expand beyond its current market.
Photos will follow when edited, here are the final results, completed post-event as the Araneta internet connection lagged during the main card.
#1 – PATRICK MANICAD versus ZEBASTIAN KADESTAM
ZEBASTIAN KADESTAM defeats PATRICK MANICAD by submission RNC rd 1, 2:58
#2 – DARIO BANARIO versus ERNESTO MONTILLA JR.
DARIO BANARIO defeats ERNESTO MONTILLA JR. by decision
#3 – BRYAN HANG NAM TO versus LOUIS SMOLKA
LOUIS SMOLKA defeats BRYAN HANG NAM TO by submission armbar, rd 1
#4 – STEVE GRANDEZA versus KYLE AGUON
Kyle lands a huge double leg from the sky. After getting him on the ground and having a tight armbar on the left while trapping his right, the ref steps in and gives a break – and Steve protests.
KYLE AGUON defeats STEVE GRANDEZA by submission, armbar, rd 1
#5 – WANG SAI versus GLEN RANILLO
Journeyman Wang Sai has seen action all over the globe, from last fighting in the US promotion WCMMA to training with Ole Laursen at Legacy. He has a full set of weapons at his disposal and it will be interesting to see how he comes out against Ranillo, who submitted Jerry Legaspi in his freshman fight with PXC.
Wang Sai completely outclasses Ranillo by dumping him, getting a mounted crucifix, and pummeling him until the ref stops it.
WANG SAI defeats GLEN RANILLO bu TKO, rd 1
#6 – MICHINORI TANAKA versus RUSSELL DOANE
Tanaka hails from uber-competitive Japanese gym Ground Slam and is an undefeated Shootist, garnering 2011 Rookie Tournament finalist accolades. The submission specialist steps into international competition at PXC in a match against undefeated Doane, who’s already had his trial by fire at the last PXC in Manila by dominating Tanaka’s Shootist countryman Masato Sannai. While MMA math is always wonky, Tanaka’s four submission wins against Doane’s four (T)Kos sets the stage for what could be style against style.
Tanaka dominates by takedowns, ground and pound, hunting for submissions through two rounds and gets it in the third. This kid has no quit and will be making waves wherever he fights in the future.
MICHINORI TANAKA defeats RUSSELL DOANE by submission, rd 3
#7 – EUGENE TOQUERO versus JEROME WANAWAN
PXC doesn’t give easy fights away. Toquero of Submission Sports and Wanawan of Lakay are both young, hungry, lightning quick, and have knockout power of guys twice their size. They also both are undefeated in three fights each.
Toquero comes out with huge kicks and Wanawan counters with a takedown every single time. For an entire round, they battle like this, until in the final seconds, Toquero lands some knees in the clinch that put down Wanawan and he’s saved by the bell. After the break the doctor rules he’s unable to continue.
EUGENE TOQUERO defeats JEROME WANAWAN by Doctor stoppage, rd 1, 5:00
#8 – WU QIZE versus HONG SEUNG CHAN
KTT brings another prospect into the cage, HongSeung Chan. He made his debut in stunning fashion at the last PXC in Manila by getting a referee stoppage over fellow prospect Richie Redman from Ole Laursen’s Legacy Gym.
Chan delivers an impressive and one-sided beatdown of newcomer Wu, that gets him a TKO stoppage in the first. Koeran Zombie translates at the end of the fight, but doesn’t pass on the question to Chan if he knew he’d win that quickly, answering “yes” for him instead.
HONG SEUNG CHAN defeats WU QIZE by TKO, rd 1
#9 – GUY DELUMEAU versus DUSTIN KIMURA
Delumeau fights out of Gutsman in Japan, a gym that lives up to its name by basically fighting everybody everywhere. Guy has fought many of the best names in Shooto and recently took Jon Shores to a decision in an incredibly competitive three-rounder. He is an all-rounder. Kimura – as his name hints at – is a Gracie Technics fighter with 5 out of 6 wins by submission – that is until he TKOed his last opponent with punches. Though undefeated, Kimura faces stiff competition in his PXC debut.
Delumeau and Kimura both come out with a surprising stand up game, and it stays there for a whole three rounds. Delumeau lands some bombs, but it’s Kimura who looks much stronger with his striking towards the end of the round, delivering a big right to knock Delumeau for a loop.
DUSTIN KIMURA defeats GUY DELUMEAU by decision
#10 – TRISTAN ARENAL versus ISAIAH ORDIZ
Strikeforce Challengers vet Tristan’s sole loss post-debut fight was at the hands of none other than PXC posterboy Jon Tuck. He’ll be trying to impress a submission on sophomore Ordiz, fresh off a decision win over Legacy’s Kris Persson.
Arenal and Ordiz go three full rounds, and Ordiz looks much more ahead of his 1-0 record with very nice and accurate striking. He isn’t quite able to put Arenal down, but is good enough to get the win by decision
ISAIAH ORDIZ defeats TRISTAN ARENAL by Split decision
#11 – HARRIS SARMIENTO versus MARK STRIEGL
PXC stalwart Sarmiento is arguably the most experienced athlete on the PXC roster. He’s going to welcome Streigl up a notch in competition; this will be the Wajutsu Keishukai prodigy’s toughest match to date.
Striegl comes out with his Waijutsu coach from Japan, the world-ranked Yuji Hoshino. He put a thorough game plan into effect, getting Sarmiento in an armlock barely halfway into the first round. He asks for a shot at the title and it looks like he deserves it based on the quick work he made of the consummate veteran.
#12 – ALE CALI versus ERWIN TAGLE, Title Defence
Tagle comes out of assumed retirement to challenge Cali for the Flyweight strap. Cali tore through PXC in pursuit of it, and the legend that is the Submission Sports’ founder has an uphill battle of he wants to claim it. In any case, fans will be hoping to see a battle the proportions of what was in store for them during Tagle’s wars with Richard Lasprilla.
Tagle comes out to a stadium cheering for him, obviously a hometown hero. For the first round his kicks are strong and the champ has trouble finding his range. In the second, Tagle’s takedowns show he’s still got fight in him, but as the round wears on he wears down and Cali starts a segmented offense of punches. The champ bloodies Tagle’s mouth and toys with him until ref Big John warns him to step it up. Tagle’s not able to continue after the 3rd round and Cali retains his Flyweight belt.
ALE CALI defeats ERWIN TAGLE by TKO, rd 3