PXC 44 main card preview for Welterweight title fight Kadestam vs Calvo



Pacific X-treme Combat will showcase its 44th installment on Friday, June 27th, 2014 at University of Guam Fieldhouse, Mangilao, Guam.

Sweden’s Muay Thai wrecking machine, Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, battles Guam’s best welterweight fighter, Josh “Killa” Calvo for the PXC Welterweight Title which was vacated by UFC-signed Korean Top Team 170 pound standout, Hyun Gyu “The Ace” Lim.

Kadestam is a tremendous athlete with a very explosive and technical striking game. He has first round TKO finishes over two of Hawaii’s most experienced welterweights in Ronald Jhun and Ross Ebanez. There is no doubt that this talented young fighter is the best striker in the PXC welterweight division today.

“The Bandit” has never gone into a decision in all of his victories. He looks for the finish all the time and loves to put on a good show for the fans. He will be put to test on Friday as he set to face a submission wizard in Josh Calvo.

The 24-year-old Calvo is known for having a terrific ground game. But make no mistake about this fighter, he is training hard everyday to improve his overall MMA game; this guy can stand and bang and has the punching power to put anybody to sleep.

Calvo is a BJJ black belt under the tutelage of Jeff Foster and Giva Santana. He has won numerous BJJ tourneys in the U.S and has developed solid ground skills that made him arguably the most dangerous grappler in 170 pound division. He will surely be one hundred and ten percent ready in the biggest fight of his career to date against Kadestam.

Yusuke Yachi versus Ryan Mulvihill

In the co-main feature of the night, Japanese Shooto champion Yusuke Yachi welcomes BJJ specialist Ryan Mulvihill in the “Terror Dome” for a possible contender bout.

“It’s definitely a possible contender bout. “The Beast” is waiting to defend later this year,” says PXC CEO, Edward J. Calvo.

Yachi’s PXC debut was a nightmare as he was knocked out by top Hawaiian featherweight prospect Toby “2 Quick” Misech at PXC 38 last August of 2013. He made a tiny mistake and Misech capitalized on it. That loss snapped his five-fight win streak and taught him a huge lesson to always keep his guard up.

After losing in his PXC debut, Yachi redeemed after scoring a unanimous decision victory over a much experienced fighter in Takeshi Inoue at VTJ 3rd.

He then returned to PXC to face Kyle Reyes at PXC 42 and displayed another remarkable performance to defeat Reyes by way of a unanimous decision. Yachi is all fired up for this fight as he is a step closer in challenging the current PXC featherweight king in Jang Yong Kim.

Ryan Mulvihill is one of the latest additions to the ever-growing PXC featherweight roster. He is known for his slick submission expertise and high MMA I.Q. Well, his record speaks for how good of a submission fighter this guy is. Eight of his eleven wins are coming off submissions, and only three went the distance.

Mulvihill has notable wins over the former PXC lightweight champion Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento and featherweight contender Toby Misech. His six-fight win streak was shattered by Julian Erosa at KOTC – Seek and Destroy last May as the Montana, USA native Erosa made him tap in the second round via triangle choke.

Mulvihill looks to bounce back on Friday when he faces Yachi in Guam. He is surely one of the guys to look out for in the stacked PXC featherweight division. But never count Yachi out as he has proven many times in his past fights that he has the skills and the will to become the future PXC 145 title holder.

Frank Camacho versus Chuji Kato

A much-anticipated lightweight showdown is set to go down on Friday in University of Guam Fieldhouse as knockout artist Frank Camacho meets grappling whiz Chuji Kato.

Camacho proved that he is one of the hottest lightweights in the promotion today by winning his last two PXC fights against Koshi Matsumoto via KO and Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura by decision. He is one well-built lightweight with a well-rounded game. He aims to put himself a step closer into the title picture as he takes on Japan’s Kato.

Training out of Reversal Gym Yokohama Groundslam, Kato is thought to be one of Japan’s rising lightweight prospects.

Kato is coming off a three-fight win streak, including his first round submission win against Egon Racz at PXC 35 and a unanimous decision vitory over Tyrone Jones at PXC 40 in Guam. He has a very strong ground game and he looks to utilize it once again when he faces an intimidating fighter in Camacho.


Crisanto Pitpitunge versus Josh Duenas

PXC 44 will also feature the flyweight debut of the former bantamweight champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge against Josh Duenas.

Pitpitunge joined PXC in 2011 with a 1-1 record. After couple of years, he has piled up four straight victories in the PXC, including his one-punch KO win over Justin Cruz at PXC 31 that made him the new PXC 135 title holder and improved his record to 5-1.

But just when it seemed that everything was going right for “The Slugger’s” career, he met the UFC-signed undefeated Japanese fighter Michinori Tanaka for his first title defense at PXC 37.

Tanaka knew that Pitpitunge’s weakness was his grappling, so the Japanese standout fought smart in the entire five rounds, taking the fight into the ground and knocking the Filipino from his throne.

Pitpitunge is ready for a fresh start in his new division as a flyweight fighter. He is pumped for his new weight class and the fact the he will fight for the first time outside his home country makes him more inspired and motivated to do well.

Meanwhile, Duenas is a fighter who is always game to stand and trade with his opponents. Though three of his four wins came by way of submission, this guy can strike as well. He trains alongside Tetsuji Kato, Giovanni Sablan, and Shane Alvarez at Trench Tech in the beautiful island of Saipan.

Duenas hasn’t won any fight inside the PXC cage; that’s why this fight is very important and personal to him. He wants to prove that he is a much-improved fighter now and he will try to show it by taking out Pitpitunge on Friday at PXC 44.

It is obvious that Pitpitunge has scary power behind him, but will he carry that strength along as he drops down to flyweight to face Saipan’s Josh Duenas? We will see.

Troy Bantiag versus Kyle Aguon

Just as Roldan Sangch-an will be making his UFC debut this weekend outside of his own country, another Team Lakay fighter is set to make his first-ever MMA fight overseas as Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag will face a massive bantamweight fighter, Kyle Aguon of Guam.

Bantiag is a promising and physically very powerful bantamweight fighter. He is currently 3-3 in the PXC and looks to end his two-fight losing skid against a huge 135 pounder in Aguon.

Coming off a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Michinori Tanaka at PXC 40, Aguon looks to get back to the title picture as soon as possible, but beating a durable fighter in Bantiag is a tough task to do.

Josh Sapinoso versus Kyle Reyes

The last of the three Filipinos who will represent their country in Guam on Friday is Josh Sapinoso fads Kyle Reyes. Sapinoso a fighter who has a lot of hype behind him, a prospect who is celebrated for having solid wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills.

According to top PXC bantamweight fighter Rolando Dy, Sapinoso is one powerful featherweight fighter. He said that Sapinoso even made his nose bleed in one of their sparring sessions and managed to take him down all the time in preparation for this fight against Reyes. We all knew that Dy outclassed Reyes for three rounds en route to a UD win at PXC 39 and Dy obviously would have shared to his teammate some of his techniques to make sure Sapinoso will come out victorious.

Sapinoso is said to have a 4-0 amateur record, stopping his opponents all in the first round.

Reyes on the other hand, is a fighter who doesn’t get intimidated easily. This kid’s interesting character. Though sometimes his fight demeanor is misunderstood for one of the “bad guys”, Reyes is way different from that. He is a very cool guy according to some of his friends and training partners. His work ethic is unbelievable as well as his striking.

Reyes has notable wins over Kyle Aguon, Giovanni Sablan, Ronnie Borja, and probably his thrilling win so far against Tae Kyun Kim.

Reyes suffered a UD loss early this year against Yusuke Yachi and aims to bounce back from that setback by taking on Josh Sapinoso.

A stream of this card can be expected.  As for time of airing, we will update accordingly.

PXC 44
June 27, 2014
Guam, USA

Streamed from Guam at 22:00PhilsST http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1594039/events/3034538?query&cat=event

#10 – Welterweight Championship
Josh Calvo vs Zebaztian Kadestam

#9 – Featherweight
Ryan Mulvihill vs Yusuke Yachi

#8 – Flyweight
Josh Duenas vs Crisanto Pitpitunge

#7 – Bantamweight
Kyle Aguon vs Troy Bantiag

#6 – Featherweight
Kyle Reyes vs Josh Sapinoso

#5 – Lightweight
Frank Camacho vs Chuji Kato

#4 – Welterweight
Han Seul Kim vs Eric Michael Fought

#3 – Female Strawweight
Tomo Maesawa vs Cortney Casey

#2 – Flyweight
McKlane Alfred vs Mark Nuique

#1 – Amateur Featherweight
Robin Eclavea vs Jeff Mesa


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