PXC Mixed Martial Arts Lands in Manila

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Pacific X-treme Combat brings MMA Card to the Philippines with Blockbuster Television Deal.

The Philippines has long been known as a Mecca of professional fighting, and next month, the country’s millions of MMA fans will be in for a treat, courtesy of Pacific X-Treme Combat (PXC). On June 11, the highly-respect Guam-based fight promotion that has made a name for itself as both a breeding ground for future stars as well as a showcase for established talent will promote and broadcast the first ever “PXC Philippines” event at Resorts World Manila.

The event will feature fighters from the United States, Brazil, Korea, Guam and the Philippines, including three skilled fighters from the world famous American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida coached by renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belt Master Ricardo Liborio, a long time supporter of PXC. The night’s card will be headlined by a fight PXC fans have been eagerly anticipating: a heavyweight title rematch between champion Roque Martinez and Kelvin Fitial. The two warriors first squared off in January at PXC 22, and after five brutal rounds of stand-up action, the fight was declared a controversial draw. When the men square off again in Manila, it’s unlikely either fighter will leave outcome in the hands of the judges. "It will be interesting to see if these two guys change up their game plans or if they will choose to go toe to toe again,” said PXC matchmaker Eli Monge.

PXC has teamed up with TV5, the Philippines’ fastest-growing television network, as its broadcast partner in the event. “TV5 is exactly what we are looking for and exactly like us – aggressive, young and excited about producing mixed-martial arts events and expanding the sport in the region,” said PXC promoter and general manager EJ Calvo. “We selected them as our partner in the Philippines because of their position in the market and focus on sports. We have exciting plans for growth in 2011 and confident the PXC will be huge in the Philippines, and will be viewed by millions.”

The June 11 event in Manila will be the promotion’s 24th professional offering. Since breaking onto the MMA scene in 2004, PXC has been the driving force of MMA in Guam and the Micronesian region, creating an international stage for world-class athletes from several countries and launching the professional careers of several MMA fighters, including Tyson Griffin, Rich Clementi, and Eben Kaneshiro. Other fighters who have done battle inside the PXC Cage include UFC veterans Dan Severn, Jeremy Horn, and Roy Nelson.
“The PXC will send a Philippine fighter to the UFC before the PBA sends a basketball player to the NBA -- that is our mission,” said Calvo, adding, "the outfit’s secret to success has been its ability to recruit, develop and showcase the best fighters in the region.”

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