Sangiao: Pacific Xtreme Combat 41: The return-A A +A
By Mark Sangiao
Thursday, October 31, 2013
ANOTHER great challenge for Team Lakay will again take place on November 9, 2013 at the Pacific Xtreme Combat’s PXC 41 at the Ynares Sports Arena.
You have seen them fight for the country, some good things happen indeed after a storm.
Team Lakay's Crisanto Pitpitunge, Troy Bantiag, Harold Banario and Gina Iniong will again have the chance to showcase their skills and show to the world how great Filipino MMA fighters are.
First off, Crisanto "The Slugger" Pitpitunge, a native of Kapangan, Benguet, will have to fight a great fighter from South Korean, Han Bin Park. Crisanto will have another opportunity to take back his belt if he wins against Park.
Crisanto has entered the Philippine National Police and is almost done with his training before he becomes a full-fledged policeman. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminology at the University of the Cordilleras here in Baguio City.
After passing the Licensure Board examination of Criminology by the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, he decided to enter the Philippine National Police and is almost done with the training.
During his PNP training, he had some fights at the Pacific Xtreme Combat having straight wins against Alex Castro in PXC 26, Jerry Cimeni in PXC 28, Victor Galdon in PXC 29 and took PXC bantamweight championship belt from former champion Justin Cruz by knocking him out in PXC 31 last July 2012.
However, the belt did not stay too long with Crisanto because he failed to defend his belt against a tough Japanese fighter, Michinori Tanaka, in PXC 37 last May 2013 via a unanimous decision.
This loss made Crisanto even tougher and become a better fighter. Now, he trains with all his heart, body and mind for his next fight in order for him to have the chance to take hold of one of the most coveted title in PXC once again.
The second Team Lakay fighter who will be representing the Philippines is Troy Bantiag. He is given the monicker “The Hunter” since he hunts his opponents during his fights and of course because he comes from a tribe in Kalinga, where it is famous of tribal hunting and of their warrior characteristic.
With a record of 4 wins, 2 losses and 0 draw with five of these fights fought in PXC particularly, PXC 29, 31, 33, 35 and 37, he also is challenged by the decision win of Trevin Jones over him last May 2013 in PXC 37.
This loss may have disappointed him since he believed he won that fight. He may have been hurt, but as young as he is, he just needed some encouragements and with proper guidance and understanding, everything is slowly coming into place and now he has to prove that he is one of the best bantamweight fighters in PXC the Philippines has ever had.
Yet he has still a lot of things to prove. We shall see what happens during PXC 41 as he will battle against a great fighter from Hawaii, Johnny Pecyna.
The third fighter is not new to MMA fans since he has still have a fresh win against Adamson Torbiso during his debut in international MMA in PXC 39 held last September 14, 2013. He will fight against Joseph Mercado who had once been beaten by Troy Bantiag in PXC 31 in July of 2012.
He will once again has to prove himself that he really is one of the best fighters that Team Lakay has ever produced.
The last but not the least Team Lakay fighter who will be fighting on November 9th is one of the best female fighters that Team Lakay has ever produced. Gina Iniong will be fighting against Nathalie Heidel, a tough French fighter who trains in Malaysia, at the 105-lbs female division.
Gina hopes to improve her professional MMA record and has long been out of the sight of her MMA fans since she had to concentrate on being a member of the Philippine Wushu National Team. But now, she decided to concentrate on her MMA career since she has a very high potential of being a female champion in her division, joining her team of Champions.
But first, she has to show to the whole world what she has in order to attain this goal. After her defeat against Xiao Nan Yang in Martial Combat 6 in Singapore in 2010, she is hungry for a win and her next fight in PXC will take her one step closer to being a future champion.
We hope for positive results for PXC 41 as these fighters represent the Philippines and do their best to give additional pride and honor to the Cordillera Administrative Region and most especially to the Philippines.
These fighters are products of what we are working for. We train, nurture and develop them to become better fighters and champions, through our gym training and local competitions that we organize such as our Team Lakay Grappler’s Cups and our Team Lakay Championships.
We keep on developing athletes through these events. For this reason, Team Lakay Grappler’s Cup 15 on November 23 and Team Lakay Championship 8: A December to Remember on December 14th are two of our future events wherein we give our young and upcoming fighters from around the Cordilleras and some from as far as Laguna and Davao, venues for them to have experience and additional exposures of competition before we bring them to higher levels such as these national and international arenas.
With all these, we give unending appreciation to all the supporter of the sport, no matter what the results are, for as long as we have done our best before and during the event, and as long as we know that we have delivered it well, we still thank all of them.
With all our past and our future endeavors, we give all the praises and Glory to God, for without Him, we are nothing.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 31, 2013.