Team Lakay’s Mark Sangiao: Expect a war in the main event


There was no belt for Crisanto Pitpitunge after his knockout win over Alvin Cacdac in PXC 48 after being ruled ineligible to win the flyweight belt when he missed weight. Now, he’ll get a second crack at the title, and he’s more motivated than ever.

Pitpitunge’s coach Mark Sangiao believes that going uncrowned has only fueled “The Slugger” to work harder for his second PXC title.

Ang nakikita ko kay Crisanto ay mas pursigido siya na mag-training pa and disiplina niya sa weight cutting, so tingin ko mas malaki yung chance niya ngayon,” Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao tells Dojo Drifter about his ward’s determination to win at PXC 51. “Ang isang atleta naman, ang goal nila ay yung makuha yung belt at maging champion.”

Pitpitunge (8-3 MMA, 7-2 PXC) will not only carry the name of the people up north but also of the Philippine National Police (PNP) this Saturday in hopes of becoming PXC’s first two-division champion. His challenge this weekend will be resurgent Jenel Lausa (5-2 MMA, 4-1 PXC), who has punched his way to a title shot with a knockout victory against former title challenger Ernesto Montilla Jr. last June.

Ngayon yung PXC, nasa top list nila si Jenel Lausa so siguro yun din, time din naman ni Lausa na i-prove niya na isa din siyang champion and parehas sila ni Crisanto ngayon.” he said.

With a very explosive striker vs. striker match-up, Sangiao is convinced that both men have what it takes to turn the fight into an instant classic.

Si Jenel, isang striker yan, magaling na boxer tapos may muay thai. Sa tingin ko, nag wushu din yan, so ang ma-e-expect natin sa laban na ito ay ‘war,'” Sangiao predicts. “Either may matutulog sa kanilang dalawa o matatapos nila yung laro sa magandang striking na laban.”

Mike Miguel

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