PXC partners with Solaire for 4-event deal in 2016

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PXC partners with Solaire for 4-event deal in 2016
The Guam-based MMA promotion will host 4 shows at Solaire Resort, which will include in-venue betting stations and a 'premium VIP experience'

MANILA, Philippines – Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) is moving to its new home in the Philippines as the Guam-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has entered a partnership with Solaire Resort and Casino.

PXC signed a deal with Solaire that will see the 5-star hotel and casino host 4 fight cards in 2016 at its luxurious Grand Ballroom with a seating capacity of 1,258 including an elevated premium section.

“Our premium VIP experience will be a new concept in professional MMA and will extend a VIP fan experience beyond an action packed night of fights to include pre-fight access to Solaire’s Macallan Whiskey and cigar bar and exclusive access to the PXC after-party,” PXC chief operating officer John Paul Calvo said in a statement.’

Also included in the groundbreaking tie-up is the introduction of the Solaire Sportsbook, an in-venue betting stations that will allow fans to place bets on their favorite fighters during the affair.

“We feel that this is a great partnership between the Solaire Sportsbook and the PXC. We hope that this will be the start of a long-term synergistic partnership,” Solaire Sportsbook marketing director Marco Aventajado expressed.

PXC plans to announce 4 event dates to be staged at Solaire’s ballroom: January 16, April 2, July 6 and November 5.

Although PXC officials have yet to publicly confirm the fight booking, the organization will kick off 2016 with a flyweight championship clash between Crisanto Pitpitunge and Jenel Lausa according to a source within PXC.

PXC has staged 14 of its last 27 fight cards in Manila, and since its first Philippine venture in June 2011, it has been a staple of the local MMA scene, spawning talented Filipino contenders like Pitpitunge, Lausa, Mark Striegl, Ale Cali, Glen Ranillo and Rolando Gabriel Dy.

The company also served as the footstool for MMA competitors such as Roldan Sangcha-an, Jon Tuck, Hyun Gyu Lim, Dustin Kimura, Louis Smolka and Michinori Tanaka to be noticed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. – Rappler.com

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