ALE Cali, the first Filipino to win a title in Pacific X-Treme Combat, will be the firm favorite against comebacking Erwin Tagle in the main event of PXC 34 on November 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The match, initially set in September but moved back due to an injury sustained by Cali in training, will be the first for Tagle after a six-year hiatus.
Tagle had been inactive for three years when Cali entered mixed martial arts in 2009. Cali lost his first match, but has won four straight including a technical knockout win on punches over Guam’s Jesse Taitano that earned him the PXC flyweight crown in February.
Cali started as a boxer at age 10 and bagged gold medals representing Davao in 2002 and 2003 at the Mindanao Friendship Games and several medals in the Abap National Youth Open Championships before training in muay and jiujitsu.
“I am nervous yet extremely excited to be in the PXC cage with one of our country’s best fighters (Tagle),” said Cali.
Tagle, head coach and trainer of Submission Sports Gym in Quezon City, has been working on the broadcast panel of Sports5 for PXC since last year before making his comeback.
“Erwin’s reputation precedes him as a showman and excellent fighter. He absolutely deserves this opportunity and we expect a great show from him and Ale,” said PXC matchmaker Eli Monge.
The event will also feature the featherweight bout between Harris Sarmiento and undefeated Mark Striegl, one of the top young MMA fighters in the country.
Undefeated flyweight Jerome Wanawan will also take on knock-out specialist Eugene Toquero.
The fight is presented by San Mig Strong Ice and Sports 5 will be aired via satellite on AKTV on IBC 13 starting at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at all Ticketnet outlets or at www.ticketnet.com.ph.