Rolando Dy faces Alex Volkanovski for PXC title in September
MANILA, Philippines – After failing to capture a mixed martial arts (MMA) title twice in his 5-year prizefighting career, homegrown talent Rolando Gabriel Dy will have another opportunity to vie for a world championship as he challenges Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) featherweight titleholder Alex Volkanovski.
Dy broke the news via Facebook that the bout will happen on September 3.
PXC has yet to announce the 5-round championship clash as the promotion is gearing up for its fight card in Guam on July 8. But a reliable source within the Guam-based MMA organization confirmed to Rappler that the title tilt between Dy and Volkanovski is all set.
The insider also revealed that the marquee match-up will likely headline the event numbered "PXC 55," which is set to take place at a yet-to-be-announced venue.
Dy (7-4) made a successful return to featherweight this past January with a lopsided decision triumph against compatriot Miguel Mosquera.
Proving that he is a worthy contender in the 145-pound weight class, Dy knocked out previously-unbeaten Japanese stalwart Koyomi Matsushima last April.
Dy finished the job in just 23 seconds by delivering a counter left hook before polishing off his Japanese opponent with hammerfists to compel referee Jacob Guerrero to wave it off.
As Dy celebrated his emphatic knockout win over Matsushima inside PXC's Terror Dome, he did not hesitate to call out Volkanovski and described the Australian champion as a "roided midget."
The 24-year-old son of former boxing world champion Rolando Navarrete was unsuccessful in his two PXC championship bids, falling short against Kyle Aguon for the vacant bantamweight belt in October 2014 before losing to the Guamanian combatant once more in their June 2015 rematch.
In the other corner, Volkanovski (12-1) is riding high on a 9-fight winning streak, with 8 victories via stoppage.
Volkanovski, who hails from New South Wales, Australia, won the PXC silver-plated strap by dethroning Yusuke Yachi via fourth-round submission in December 2015.
Prior to his title-winning performance versus Yachi, Volkanovski captured the Australian Fighting Championship's available featherweight trinket by trouncing New Zealand's James Bishop via first-round technical knockout.
The 27-year-old Australian is currently booked to face Jai Bradney under the Wollongong Wars umbrella on July 8 before heading to his title defense against Dy. – Rappler.com