PXC 51 was held at the Solaire Hotel and Casino, and it started off the Philippines’ 2016 MMA calendar with a bang. Kwan Ho-Kwak and Jenel Lausa took home PXC titles in the co-main events, but there was enough action to go around throughout the card.
Lets take a look at Team Dojo Drifter’s picks for the most outstanding performances of the evening.
A veteran in the Philippine MMA scene, de Lara proved any doubters wrong and blew the roof off of the Solaire Grand Ballroom with his spectacular knockout of Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman. It took him only 14 seconds to dispose of his opponent with a counter right hook followed by a ground strike to the head.
We asked de Lara if he was expecting such a result, to which he responded: “Alam ko na lamang ako sa striking kasi boxer ako at Muay Thai [fighter]. Wala naman ako expectation na ganun kabilis ang laban, pero baka naka tsamba.”
Always humble in victory, the heavy-hitter said he’s wiling to take on any bantamweight the PXC puts in front of him.
“Sabi ko sa PXC [officials] kahit sino sa 135lbs, walang problema. Kayang kaya [ko] na lumaban for the title. Bigay lang nila; ready na ready na ako.”
Submission of the Night: Gina Iniong
Iniong was the obvious crowd favorite of the evening, and she didn’t disappoint her fans. The first lady of Team Lakay has been known for her outstanding striking skills, but that evening, she showed she has evolved into a complete MMA fighter.
“Sa training namin ngayon ang focus namin sa mga weaknesses namin,” she tells DojoDrifter.com. “So grappling talaga ang dini-develop namin.”
Her mat time has definitely paid off as she finished her Spanish opponent in the first round with a beautiful ankle lock. She addressed her fans after the fight and said: “Masayang masaya naman ako. Sa mga fans ko, sana lagi niyo akong suportahan sa laban ko. Matalo man o manalo, andyan pa rin kayo.”
The Team Insider fighter faced off against a very game opponent in Crisanto Pitpitunge of Team Lakay in the night’s main event. The two fighters went back forth for five rounds of non-stop action, resulting in a closely contested bout.
“Tigas ng kalaban ko,” admits Lausa of Pitpitunge. “Ibang klase din galing niya sa takedown at striking. Confident ako na mapupunta sa akin ang laban. Alam ko naman simula ng second round, sa akin na ‘yun.”
The judges awarded Lausa a split decision victory, which was a surprise to the new 125lbs champ, but not for the reason you’d think.
“Surprised ako na split decision,” he says. “Akala ko unanimous.”