Cutting weight no big deal for Crisanto

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


ONE TIME bantamweight champion Cirsanto Pitpitunge may have gone down as flyweight but the commissioned police officer says he is now comfortable fighting as a flyweight.

Pitpitunge brushed up his mixed martial arts skills en route to scoring a unanimous decision win against Saipan’s Josh Duenas in their three-round clash at PXC 44 on Friday night, June 27 at the University of Guam field house.

“Hindi ako nahirapan sa pag cut ng weight kasi one month kong pinaghandaan yung pagbawas ng timbang,” said Pitpitunge who is back on his winning ways after suffering two setbacks.

The 5-foot-6 Team Lakay fighter means business against his 21-year-old opponent in the first round with two overhand rights and a follow-up body kick before scoring a single-leg takedown and continue to maul Duenas with powerful elbows while avoiding possible submission stabs.

Pitpitunge almost scored a stoppage in the second round when he trapped Duenas along the fence to hammer a variety of punches and close-quartered knees.

“I thought na matatapos ko na yung laban sa second round pero talagang tough yung kalaban ko.” Pitpitunge said.

With his victory over Duenas, Pitpitunge wins for the first time since July 2012 and improves his MMA record to 6-3.

Pitpitunge’s return to the winning circle was attributed to his more than two months of training.

“Mas maraming binigay na oras sa akin ang PNP na magtraining unlike sa mga previous na laban ko bery short lang yung preparationn ko,” added the Police Officer 1 assigned at the Cordillera regional public safety company.

Pitpitunge’s victory, however, was eclipsed by the loss of Troy Bantiag who was stopped by former title challenger Kyle Aguon with a Kimura lock in the first round for his third loss in eight bouts.

UFC debutante Roldan Sangcha-an was also unfortunate in his first bout in the largest mixed martial arts promotions in the world.

The Team Lakay flyweight fighter suffered his first defeat against Richie Vaculik UFC FN 43 which took place in Aukland, New Zealand on June 28.

Despite giving up the height, the BS HRM graduate manage to land decent strikes that saw his taller opponent back down.

Sangcha-an became the third Filipino signed fighter out of Team Lakay with a 4-0 record, all finishes and was a replacement fighter Jon Delos Reyes.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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