Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PXC Set to Kick of 2015 with Laban MMA in Baguio City

As both fans and competitors will attest, 2014 was indeed a banner year for Philippine mixed martial arts. While news and events eventually slowed down as the year came to a close, it seems Pinoy fighters and fans are now ready to pick up where 2014 left off.

First up for 2015 is the announcement of Pacific Xtreme Combat taking its Laban MMA series to Baguio City. Home to arguably the Philippines' best fight camp, Team Lakay, Baguio and the rest of the Cordillera region is known as great source of raw and undiscovered combat sports talent.

With Laban MMA serving as an MMA development league, it makes perfect sense that it starts the new year off in the City of Pines. While the PXC has yet to announce an official fight card, the first Laban MMA event of 2015 is already slated to take place on February 28 at the Baguio Convention Center.

The fight night coincides with the city's annual Panagbenga Flower Festival, so plenty of people will be looking to attend and catch a glimpse of the region's top MMA prospects. To avoid missing all the action, interested parties can begin purchasing tickets at SM Tickets outlets.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Want to be the next PXC Ring Girl?

Become the next PXC Ring Girl!

Do you have the looks, the body, and the attitude, you can be on your way to becoming the next Abby Poblador or Red dela Cruz.

You must be:
-At least 5’5” in height
-18 to 25 years old
-Of good moral character
-And in possession of those killer curves

Email your portfolio to sescalante@tpiguam.com
Deadline for submission is January 19, 2015.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Boxing Champions Look to Raise Pinay MMA Banner in MOA Arena Once Again

In less than a week, ONE Fighting Championship will be staging what is likely to be the biggest local mixed martial arts event of the year when it brings ONE FC: Warriors Way to the Mall of Asia Arena. 

ONE FC: Warrior's Way

December 5th looks to be an explosive night of fights as popular Pinoy fighters Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Rene Catalan, and former ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio Banario will be gracing the ONE FC cage once again. Highly regarded heavyweight and Fil-Am mixed martial artist Brandon Vera will also be making his promotional debut on the card.

"The Hurricane" and "Bad Girl" at ONE FC: Rise of Heroes. Photos property of ONE FC.

Not at all to be out done, returning Pinay fighters are also looking to earn second pro-MMA wins while electrifying the MOA Arena crowd. Successful boxers turned mixed martial artists Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton and Jujeath “Bad Girl” Nagaowa are also scheduled for bouts at Warrior’s Way.

Nagaowa in action. Photo property of ONE FC.

Nagaowa, a former WBC Asia Atomweight Champion, made her pro-MMA debut during ONE FC: Rise of Heroes, held last May at the MOA Arena. “Bad Girl” began her MMA career with a win over Jeet Toshi of India, whom she stopped via TKO in the second round. Jujeath aims to make it 2-0 at MOA Arena, and in MMA over all, when she meets Tharoth Sam.

Hailing from Cambodia, Sam is also undefeated at 2-0, with the renowned Kun Khmer fighter earning her latest victory via arm bar. While the styles vary, the bout looks to be a strike fest, with the two women looking to impose their wills and respective disciplines over the other.

Julaton throwing a left hook in her pro-MMA debut. Photo property of ONE FC.

Similar to Nagaowa, Ana Julaton also made her pro MMA debut at Rise of Heroes, earning a TKO victory against Egyptian kickboxer Aya Saeid Saber. Julaton then however, came up on the wrong end of a split decision against Ann “Athena” Osman at ONE FC: Reign of Champions, which was held last August in Dubai.

On December 5th, the former WBO and IBA Super Bantamweight champion will be meeting Walaa Abbas from Egypt, and will be looking to get back to her winning ways with the help of the home crowd. Abbas (2-1) on the other hand, will try to continue her current momentum, as the former national Egyptian kickboxing champion had recently racked up two consecutive wins.

To support these Pinay fighters and catch all the high stakes action live, tickets to ONE FC: Warrior’s way can be purchased via SM Tickets. Fans around Asia can also catch the action live on Fox Sports 1, while those in other areas can watch the live online stream at ONEFC.com.