Sangcha-an unfazed in cancelled title fight

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Friday, March 21, 2014


EVEN with the supposed cancelation of his title fight, Roldan Sangcha-an remains in high spirit.

This after a week ago, the Pacific Xtreme Combat announced the flyweight bout between the undefeated Sangcha-an and Rambaa Somdet is scrapped.

PXC officials announced this week via Facebook that Sangcha’an’s opponent, Somdet (12-2), was forced to withdraw from PXC 43's main event title fight after suffering a herniated disk in training. They also confirmed no replacement will be made and instead, the bout will be scratched from the card altogether.

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PXC 43 takes place March 29th at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.

“He remains in high spirit and his outlook for a possible title remains positive,” said Team Lakay’s head coach Mark Sangiao of Sangcha-an shortly after the announced scrapping of the fight.

Since his debut in 2012, Sangcha-an stayed undefeated in four fights ending them all via stoppage and PXC 34 would have been his second appearance in the Guam based mix martial arts promotion.

Somdet meanwhile is considered as Thailand’s most successful MMA fighter with a base in Muay Thai.

His fight record of 12 wins and 12 loss spans a decade that includes an 10 fight win streak that includes wins over the likes of UFC vet Ulysses Gomez.

The 39 year old Thailander has competed primarily in Japan, having made appearances in DEEP, Shooto and Grabaka. After a submission triumph over Wushu standout Rabin Catalan in his PXC debut, ‘M16' was set to make just his second appearance in PXC as well.

“I think blessing in disguise din yung postponement kasi we could say na mas lalo pang makpag training ng maayos si Roldan,” added Sangiao.

Also seeing action during PXC 43 is Lakay’s Gina Iniong, a Sanshou athlete-turned MMA fighter and will face former Valkyrie champ Mei Yamaguchi in the atom weight division.

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.

This time however, the Team Lakay fighter is battling all odds as he faces veteran Mei Yamaguchi with a record of 11 wins and six losses having fought in Jewels and Valkyrie promotions in Japan.

From a regular straw weight (114), the Japanese fighter has dropped to 105 pounds to battle Iniong in the undercard.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 22, 2014.

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