THE University of Guam Field House was filled with mixed-martial arts enthusiasts Saturday night as another installment of Pacific Xtreme Combat was held with an excitement-filled fight card.
PXC 30 featured several experienced fighters combined with others making their debut from several different countries. At the end of the night, fans in attendance left with much to talk about and perhaps even guessing what the next PXC could be like. Here’s a look at the night’s competitive matches.
Main Event: Jang Yong Kim defeats Ronny “The Project” Borja (unanimous decision)
In a match that was originally scheduled to have Kim take on Guam’s Baby Joe Taimanglo, Borja stepped up and accepted the challenge to fill in for an injured Taimanglo. With about only two weeks to prepare for the fight, Borja was as ready as he could be for the Korean Top Team fighter.
After a pretty even first round from both fighters, there was no clear prediction anyone could make on who would come out victorious. Second-round action was much different from the opening round as Borja got the crowd backing with cheers after connecting with effective punches. However, the focused KTT fighter responded with several shots to include a hit that temporarily rocked Borja and bruised his face.
Both fighters continued to batter and bruise one another for the remainder of the fight. At the sound of the final bell, fans awaited for results as they needed to turn to the scorecards for a decision. When the announcement was made, Kim’s hands were raised for the victory via unanimous decision.
Alex Castro defeats Tony Reyes (split decision)
Going through a vigorous and challenging dieting regiment, Castro proved that it was worth all the hard work and dedication as he was able to pick up a victory against a much younger Reyes. Despite having a reach disadvantage, Castro came storming out with kicks and jabs that found its way to Reyes. With time running out in the opening round, Castro was able to take Reyes to the floor on a hard slam.
Both fighters came out in the second round much more cautious and it looked as if they were still trying to get into a comfort zone. However, Castro continued to be the slight aggressor as he was able to land several kicks. Heading into the final round, things seemed to be going Castro’s way early on until a reversal on the ground allowed Reyes an opportunity to apply a choke, but to no avail. Reyes was keen on finishing the fight, but Castro went on the defensive and was able to hold on for the victory.
Robert Wusstig defeats Thaddeus Malbreaux (anaconda choke)
In the fifth match of the night, Wusstig was too much to handle as he took care of Malbreaux via an anaconda choke. The match for both fighters was on the ground for the most part with several different submission opportunities exposed for both. It wasn’t until the final round where Wusstig capitalized on a take-down attempt by his opponent and reversed it into an anaconda.
Other match results
- Guam’s Josh Alvarez defeated Japan’s Jin Hirano via TKO.
- Korea’s Doo Hwan Kim defeated Thailand’s Trevor Hick via unanimous decision.
- Japan’s Koshi Matsumoto defeated Guam’s Sebastian Garguier via unanimous decision.
- Korea’s Lim Hyun Gyu defeated Japan’s Takahiro Kawanaka via TKO.
- Guam’s Trevin Jones defeated Saipan’s Josh Duenas via rear naked choke.
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