ROUND girls will not be the only women that mixed martial arts fans in the country are going to see inside the cage soon.
The Pacific X-Treme Combat, which staged its ninth and 37th overall edition in Pasig last Saturday, will be featuring the first female MMA fight on Philippine soil when it returns to the country in August.
After launching the 115-pound division in March in Guam, the PXC is set to launch the 105-pound women's division in the Philippines featuring boxing champion Gretchen Abaniel.
The 27-year-old Abaniel, who made an appearance in the PXC 37 as a teaser, will be making her MMA debut after having 16 boxing fights (12-4 win-loss card).
Her opponent will be announced in the next weeks.
Kailin Curran beat American compatriot Kaiyana Rain via unanimous decision in PXC 36 in the first-ever female bout in one of Asia-Pacific’s top MMA organizations.
“It’s the future of MMA,” PXC CEO EJ Calvo said. “When we decided to launch those divisions, it was only if we had elite-level fighters that are gonna put on a show and that’s exactly what we got with these first few pickups.”
Calvo said the PXC is going to sign a couple more Filipina fighters soon as well as several fighters from Japan and Hawaii.
“We’re gonna start producing good matchups and work towards having title fights next year,” Calvo said.