Pacific Xtreme Combat 41 was held in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Ynares Sports Arena on November 9, 2013. The TV5 live audience was tallied at over 780,000 viewers in the Philippines, a record-breaking number for the promotion. MMA-in-ASIA was on hand to cover the event live. Although two of the heavily anticipated bouts were cancelled by weigh in snafus, the remaining seven fights, including the Flyweight Championship, were exciting affairs. The entire report on the event and results can be found here. After several of the matches, we briefly caught up with the fighters to get their thoughts on the throw down, including the new Flyweight Champion Louis Smolka and reigning Lightweight Champion Harris Sarmiento.
The latest AGB Nielsen survey has PXC 41 as the most-watched PXC event in history. The sold out Ynares Sports Arena and over 780,000+ MMA fans at home, witnessed Hawaiian Louis “The Last Samurai” Smolka strip the flyweight championship belt from Filipino hero Ale Cali and Gina Iniong become the very first Filipina to fight inside the PXC terror dome, winning her debut Pro MMA bout against French Nathalie Heidel.
TV5 Executive Vitto Lazatin adds, “Since 2011, we have seen tremendous growth in both live audience & television viewership for Pacific X-treme Combat and PXC 41 proved that by delivering our best ratings yet. An average of 780,000+ Filipinos nationwide watched our latest event on TV5 based on the Nielsen Media National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) data covering November 10. That, along with consistently sold-out shows, affirms our belief that Pacific X-treme Combat delivers the most exciting mixed martial arts action in the country to a local audience that is hungry for more.”
When asked about the success of PXC41, PXC President Joey Calvo states, “Our TV ratings confirm what we have been hearing from fighters and fans in the country for some time now. PXC is the top Pro MMA Competition in the Philippines!”
The entire release, including the past three events’ viewership numbers, can be read here.