MANILA, Philippines – Two homegrown talents will slug it out for Pacific Xtreme Combat’s vacant flyweight championship as Crisanto Pitpitunge is set to square off with Jenel Lausa in the main event of PXC 51 on January 16, 2016.
Although PXC officials have not formally announced the 5-round championship clash, a reliable source within the Guam-based mixed martial arts promotions confirmed the fight booking to Rappler.
The PXC flyweight belt was rendered vacant this past June when then-champion Alvin Cacadac missed weight in his title tilt versus Pitpitunge, who also went over the 125-pound limit.
As a result, the organization stripped Cacdac of the PXC flyweight strap that he won by submitting Ernesto Montilla Jr. with a rear-naked choke in November 2014.
The aforementioned match-up still pushed through as a 5-round non-title contest, where Pitpitunge shut the lights off on Cacdac in the first round with a well-timed overhand right and a follow-up right hook to the temple.
Pitpitunge (8-3), a former PXC bantamweight champion, is currently riding high on a 3-fight winning streak since transferring to the flyweight division last year, which included wins over Josh Duenas and Rambaa Somdet.
On the other hand, Lausa solidified his status as the No. 1 contender for the 125-pound weight class’ top prize by avenging his 2013 decision loss to Montilla as he knocked out his rival with a left hook in the last second of the first round.
Prior to his rematch versus Montilla, the 27-year-old native of Concepcion, Iloilo claimed two-straight impressive triumphs in 2014, outpointing Venson Delopere in March before forcing Dean Bermudez to tap with a guillotine choke eight months later.
Lausa was also seen inside a boxing ring on five occasions to stay active and recently scored a first-round stoppage victory over Jeson Berwela last October.
PXC 51 is slated to take place at Solaire Resort and Casino’s Grand Ballroom in Parañaque City. – Rappler.com
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