March 26, 2014
Final Pitstop to UFC
Just minutes before the clock struck 12 noon in one humid day somewhere in Quezon City, Sportsmaryosep zigzagged through through horrendous traffic and raced against practically every vehicle, truck after truck, six-wheeler after six-wheeler that littered Manila to make it just on time for the presser of a fast-growing mixed martial arts outfit. There awaits a bevy of sportswriters and bloggers like yours truly, photographers and cameramen who have already occupied most of the tables. We were led to this near empty table where the only occupant is television reporter James Velasquez. Since the presscon hasn’t started and the lunch is stll being served, we talked about practically everything including his successful trip in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he was the only Filipino mediaman sent there by its official Philippine television coveror TV5. And then we started discussing MMA and how its enormity of fight fans in the country known for its Manny Pacquiaos, Nonito Donaires, and even Mark Munozes and Brandon Veras.
You see, MMA is already a big thing in the Philippines. In fact, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is reportedly holding a fight here soon, perhaps late this year. If you’re hiding in a cave, the UFC is the biggest, most popular and most prestigious MMA outfit in the world. It’s the NBA of MMA. That’s why, when you make it that far, it’s already a dream-come-true for everyone. Then we talked about the Pacific X-Treme Combat and its latest fight card, PXC 43 this Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena. We agreed that the PXC has started to get the reputation as the best doorway to UFC as evidenced by some of its champion fighters Jon Tuck, Dustin Kimura and Hyun Gyu Lim making the jump. Hawaii’s Louis Smolka has been taken by the UFC too just after he beat Davao pride Ale Cali in PXC 41 last November to snatch the flyweight belt. And there could be more too.
Perhaps Cali, who didn’t have the ground game to back up his Pacquiao-like punching power. Or probably Fil-Am Mark Streigl. But whoever makes the crossover, James, who boxes when not busy with his TV gigs, and I agreed that PXC is the best way to realize one’s UFC dreams, nONE other else.
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