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Fitial/Martinez title fight ends in draw

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - PXC 22 went down at the UOG Field House with 5 amateur bouts getting the night underway. In the first amateur fight of the night Spike 22's Ricky Camp faced Comquest Fighter Derrick Hattori. Camp won the stand up exchange between the two and when the fight did go to the ground Ricky controlled Derrick and landed a bunch of shots from the mount to end the round on top. Hattori was unable to continue to the fight due to an ankle injury awarding the win to Ricky Camp.

Underworld Extreme's Trevin Jones picked up his 2nd amateur win of his career over Spike 22's Mike Vidaurri. Jones threw a flying knee and secured a guillotine choke as Vidaurri covered up. Jones made sure to keep a hold of Vidaurri and kept the pressure on his neck putting him to sleep and earning the win by guillotine choke.

Matt Quenga and Ernie Santos met in a 124-pound match up. Quenga looked good on his feet catching Santos and cutting him over his left eye. Matt Quenga stole the round after securing a takedown. The 2nd round picked up with more striking, this time Santos was able to catch Quenga, and get good position, Santos landed a staple that split Matt open forcing the referee to call the fight due to the cut, giving Ernie Santos the win.

Lloyd Cubacub and Matt Arrujeo took to the cage in the 4th amateur fight of PXC 22. Arrujeo with the early takedown lands some leg kicks and punches from Cubacub's guard. When both fighters got back up to their feet, Cubacub returned the favor and landed a couple of shots backing Arruleo into the cage. Lloyd worked his way to get Matt's back and finished him off with the rear naked choke.

Brandon Taijeron handled his business against Robert Sinel in the last amateur fight of the night. Taijeron took his time after getting the takedown to get position. Sinel almost gets Brandon's back but Taijeron escapes and gets north, south position and slowly works his way into a nice arm bar with his legs from the side position getting the win by tap out.

Now for the pro card of PXC 22, Alex Castro faced 808 Fight Team's Ian Dela Cuetsa. Castro came out throwing some nice leg kicks feeling out his Hawaii opponent. Alex landed a right and followed up with some more shots forcing Dela Cuesta to take a step back to regroup. Castro swept Dela Cuesta off his feet with a left leg kick and landed a knee putting him onto his back. Alex stayed composed and worked his way into a guillotine choke forcing Dela Cuesta to tap earning his 3rd straight submission win.

Spike 22's Tony Reyes was able to hang in there against his Korean Top Team opponent for the decision win. Reyes was able to rack up points with 2 early takedowns in the fight that put him in good position to rest after looking winded in the 2nd round. Korean fighter David Cho was cut early but kept working from his back almost catching Reyes in several submission attempts. Tony Reyes had just enough left in the tank to rain down with punches and staples as the last round came to an end picking up his first win in PXC.

"Baby" Joe Taimanglo showed fight fans why he is Guam's premiere fighter representing the island against undefeated fighter Travis Beyer from Hawaii. Beyer and Taimanglo were locked up against the cage when Baby Joe went for the takedown but lost position when Beyer rode up along side the fence. The Hawaii fighter had a strong body lock on Joe and had his back looking for the rear naked choke. Travis secured one arm around Joe's neck and started to apply the pressure as Joe fought off the other arm. With the crowd chanting Baby Joe's name, Joe rolled over and reversed the action. The Juggernaut started to land from Beyer's guard as the round came to an end with fans going crazy. Travis Beyer got caught slipping in the early part of the round and Baby Joe took advantage of an opening and secured a hold on Beyer's leg for the win by knee bar.

Korean Top Team Fighter Kim Jang Yong fought through the dangerous hands of Hawaii Fighter Harris Sarmiento to get the win. Yong landed a solid kick to the midsection of Sarmiento that hurt him. The Korean fighter followed up numerous unanswered shots that forced referee Tony DeAngelo to call a stop to the fight after Sarmiento was unable to protect himself.
Micah Tobias and Ronnie Borja met for the 2nd time in the cage but this time it was for the lightweight title. Both guys said that this time around they would be more prepared and looked in great shape. Tobias initiated the action early getting a huge takedown, slamming Borja to the ground. Ronny avoided taking too much punishment and attempted an arm bar.

Micah would escape and take the fight back up to their feet. Ronny landed a leg kick to the face of Micah that looked like it stunned him. Borja would later land in Micah's guard and start going to work with punches trying to end the fight. Tobias tried to roll out but Ronny countered with a knee bar and finished it off winning the lightweight title by submission.

Roque Martinez and Kelvin Fitial ended the night at PXC 22 for the Heavyweight Title. Martinez came out landing some leg kicks to keep some distance between the heavy-handed Fitial. The Saipan fighter didn't seemed bothered by the kicks and answered with punches up top. The champ did a good job covering up and not take too much of the power shots. Fitial showed good take down defense not allowing Martinez to take the fight to the ground, stuffing Roque's shoots. The two heavyweights stood toe to toe exchanging for 5 rounds.

Martinez went in for a takedown again later in the fight but this time Kelvin landed in good position and started to work the ground and pound. Roque would later get the takedown and work in some shots but was unable to finish him off. As the fight came to an end both fighters bloodied up threw everything they had and when the fight went to the judges it was ruled a draw.

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