WITH two scheduled title fights in PXC 48 reduced to regular bouts after fighers fail to make the weight limit, Pacific X-Treme Combat officials are naturally disappointed.
Crisanto Pitpitunge and Alvin Cacdac were both over the limit for their flyweight title fight, while Rolando Dy also missed weight for the bantamweight championship bout against Kyle Aguon.
The main events on Saturday night at the Ynares Arena in Pasig still turned out to be exciting, with Pitpitunge emerging victorious with an impressive first-round knockout win against Cacdac, and Aguon scoring a via split decision win over Dy.
But the big boss of the Guam-based MMA outfit stressed it is the fighters' responsibility to make the weight.
“We’re very satisfied with the performance of the fighters and the fights, but very disappointed in three of our main fighters not making weight,” PXC president and founder Joey Calvo said after the nine-fight card.
“I understand how it’s hard to weight cut for the fighters, but we don’t tell the fighters what weight class to be in. They pick their weight classes,” added Calvo, noting that fighters were lined up as early as three months before the event.
“I don’t really like to talk in public what I talk about with the fighters, but it is disappointing,” he continued. “But I feel they all performed and they did their best.”
Still, Calvo believes it won’t affect the status of the PXC in the country.
“What it really affects is we have to go back home and we have to think about what the next matches are going to be and whether we should commit to these guys in these weight classes or not,” he said. “So we don’t make the same mistakes twice.”
The PXC, which returns to Guam with its 49th edition on August 7, is debating whether to return to the Philippines or just hold its golden staging in Guam in November.