FIGHTERS are being monitored to ensure their safety before and during fights, according to mixed martial arts outfit Pacific X-treme Combat as it holds PXC 51 on Saturday at the Solaire Resort and Casino.
There is growing concern over fighter safety after a Chinese fighter died last year while preparing for a bout for a different MMA outfit, and PXC director for fight operations Robert San Diego said PXC said the fighters’ well-being is their primary concern.
“At the end of the day, in any promotion, the fighter is the life. ‘Yun ang bumubuhay sa atin,” said San Diego.
San Diego noted PXC is under the supervision of the Games and Amusements Board, which regulates professional sports in the country and has its own standard procedures related to fighters’ health.
“We go through the Games and Amusements Board. Meron silang medical check-ups for the fighter to stay healthy. Meron lagi kaming medical team na present during the weigh-in that will check on their blood pressure and everything,” said San Diego during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate branch.
Chinese fighter Yang Jing Bing died of heart attack after suffering from dehydration in his attempt to lose weight to meet the 125-pound weight limit for his December bout in One Championship against Geje Eustaquio.
“If there is any abnormality, we don’t make them cut anymore. Sinasabi na ng doctor. We’ve encountered that before na we had a fighter that had flu. Hindi na namin pinasampa sa octagon,” said San Diego.