Iniong gears up for PXC 43

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


REGARDED as one of the brightest female mix martial arts in the country, Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong is set to follow up another victory in the Guam based Pacific Extreme Combat in March 19 at the Ynares Sports Center.

Iniong, will be in the undercard of the highly anticipated flyweight championship match between fellow Team Lakay Roldan Sangcha-an squaring off against the fan favorite Rambaa Somdet in the main event.

“So far nasa 80% condition pa lang ako tapos pinalakas ko yung ground game ko,” said Iniong whose opponent will still be named as of this writing.

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Iniong is coming from a victory against visiting American Nathalie Heidel in November last year.

The 24 year old Iniong set the record of being the first Filipina to fight and win in an international MMA outfit by halting her American counterpart in Pacific X-treme Combat 41.

Iniong has already fought in MMA twice locally before trying her luck in PXC.

But she wasn’t simply lucky in her PXC debut as she thoroughly dominated her American foe, who fell down after being caught with a big right hand in the first round. Iniong pounded away until the referee stepped in to stop the carnage.

Her recent victory in the PXC erased a bitter unanimous decision loss against Xia Nan Yang in the defunct Martial Combat in 2010 as Iniong looks to get her hand raised once again in her first bout of 2014.

The main card will be a battle of wits with Sangcha-an finishing 2013 going 2-0 for the year with wins over Adam Cacay and Ernesto Montilla Jr. by stopping both his opponents for a clean 4-0 record.

Sangcha-an made his PXC debut in September last year at PXC 39 against heavy-handed Ernesto Montilla Jr and lived to up to the hype as he scored a second-round submission win over the highly dangerous striker.
Sangcha-an comes from a sanda and boxing background and has very decent grappling in his arsenal as he is prepares for the biggest fight of his career against a seasoned-veteran.

Meanwhile, Somdet (12-2) remains one of Asia’s most popular fighters. At 39-years-old the Thai fighter hasn’t tasted defeat in twelve years.

Shooto’s first ever Flyweight (114-lbs) Champion has showcased his skills throughout Asia competing for the likes of GRABAKA, Shooto, PXC and DEEP.

Now on 10-fight streak, Rambaa returns to the PXC banner for a second time following a successful promotional debut over Rabin Catalan.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 12, 2014.

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