PXC 48 on June 13th: Alvin Cacdac defends his Flyweight Title against Crisanto Pitpitunge



PXC 48 Flyweight Champ Alvin Cacdac
PXC 48 Flyweight Champ Alvin Cacdac

Pacific X-treme Combat’s 125-pound champion Alvin Cacdac will defend his title for the very-first time against heavy-handed Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge on June 13, 2015 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.

Cacdac became the PXC flyweight king by submitting one of the most promising young fighters in the Philippines today in Ernesto Montilla Jr. at PXC 45 in the third round last November 2014. The Strikeforce vet used his experience and grappling abilities to defeat one of the most powerful punchers in PXC’s flyweight division.

Filipino-American Cacdac will defend his title for the first time against Team Lakay’s Pitpitunge, a vicious striker whose habit is to throw heavy leather inside the cage.

Pitpitunge has already been in a title fight before, so coming in to this fight against Cacdac brings less pressure on his part. The Baguio-based fighter became the former PXC Bantamweight Champ by knocking Justin Cruz out cold in the very first round and claiming the title. He then fought the UFC-bound Japanese 135-pound phenom, Michinori Tanaka, at PXC 37 and lost the title via unanimous decision. Pitpitunge’s last fight as a bantamweight was against South Korea’s Han Bin Park, where he controlled the first two rounds and got careless in the final round and was caught in a deep rear naked choke that forced him to tap.

After two consecutive losses at 135 pounds, Pitpitunge decided to go back to his natural weight class, which is at 125 where faced Josh Duenas, a super durable fighter from Saipan. The fight with Duenas was one of the best fights of PXC 44 with the Filipino getting his hand raised at the end via decision. “The Slugger” then took on the legendary Rambaa Sombdet at PXC 46. It was a technical battle of two elite strikers in the Guam-based MMA promotion. At the end, Pitpitunge edged out Sombdet via split decision victory and earned his ticket to fight for Cacdac’s title.

PXC 48 will also feature a rematch between Kyle Reyes, the current Bantamweight Champ, and the always-exciting Rolando Dy. Aguon and Dy first met at PXC 45 in Guam for the vacant Bantamweight title. It was a back-and-forth war between two and was very close one. At the end, the judges awarded the split decision in favor of Aguon, leaving Dy with ton of questions as to why he lost the fight. Since then, the Filipino has been very vocal about having a rematch with Aguon in the Philippines, and luckily his wish was immediately granted by PXC officials.

On June 13, these two bantamweights will surely try to rip each other’s heads off from the start, as both of them have shown no love at all with each other. So this is going to be an epic showdown.

The said event will also showcase the return of Mark Abelardo, another 135 pounder who can put anybody to sleep anytime in the fight. Abelardo trains out of Team Quest Thailand and introduced himself to the PXC audience with a frist-round TKO victory against Ernie Braca. His opponen is yet to be announced.

Another young and hungry undefeated bantamweight returns at PXC 48 as Harold Banario will likely make his third PXC appearance. His fight has not been confirmed yet, but our reliable source told us that he will finally make his return in the “Terror Dome” after defeating Joseph Mercado via unanimous decision at PXC 41 last November of 2013. Harold is the younger brother of former PXC fighter Dario Banario and former One FC Featherweight Champ Honorio Banario.