Guam's premier MMA organization, Pacific X-Treme Combat, hosted their third show in the Philippines last Saturday, with PXC 28. BloodyElbow.com was on deck at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, as Filipino fight fans were treated to 11 exciting fights, including the headlining bout between Filipino-American, Tristan Arenal, and Abu Dhabi grappling champ, Jon 'Super Saiyan' Tuck.
Tuck, who is known for handing the Filipino MMA star,, the only loss of his career, made a successful return to MMA after being away from the sport for more than two years. During that time off, he worked diligently on his grappling and eventually became an Abu Dhabi Grappling Champion, before signing up with the PXC.
This improvement with his ground game was evident during the fight. The Filipino-American, Arenal, hurt him with a combination early, but Tuck quickly gathered his wits, got it to the mat, and took over from there. After a few moments of controlling him on the ground, Tuck was able to posture up and land one of those heavy bombs he's known for, leaving Arenal out cold and stiff as a board. He followed up with two more big shots right to the chin, before the referee was able to stop the fight.
The fighter from Guam got a spectacular finish on his PXC debut, and also earned the respect of the Filipino crowd.
"I know I fight Filipinos, but I have lots of Filipino friends and family," Tuck said post-fight as he drew cheers and won over the crowd, "I have the Cruz name, and I consider myself Filipino"
During the post-fight interview, it was revealed that Tuck will be the next challenger for the PXC Lightweight crown, which belongs to another Filipino-American, in Harris Sarmiento.
"I know they’re trying to set me up with Harris, but he’s my kuya (older brother) from another nanay (mother)," said Tuck. "Every time he goes to Guam, I take care of him as much as I can. I trained with him and even went as far as cutting coconuts and letting him drink that buko juice to recover. There’s some brotherly love there."
by Anton Tabuena