Kadestam Retains Welterweight Belt; Dy Makes a Run for Featherweight Title
Glenn Sparv and Koyomi Matsushima were coming in with very impressive resumes for PXC 53. Both were on five-fight win streaks; Matsushima, in particular, was undefeated and all of his wins were via KO/TKO.
On the other hand, PXC welterweight champ Zebaztian Kadestam came from a split decision loss against Hakon Foss in his home country of Sweden, while Rolando Gabriel Dy just recovered from back-to-back losses against Kyle Aguon with a decision victory over Miguel Mosquera.
With the first six bouts of the night going the distance, no one expected the main and co-main events of PXC 53 to last only 34 seconds combined!
In the co-main, a more mature Dy was picking his shots when he planted a perfect left hook on a rushing Matsushima. The Japanese dropped then and there, but “Dy Incredible” sneaked four hammer fists in for insurance before the referee stopped the bout at 23 seconds in the first.
Dy credits his victory to his faith in Jesus Christ, saying, “This win made my belief in Jesus Christ even stronger. My opponent is undefeated at 5-0; Jesus Christ gave me the strength to overcome this adversity.” This is a far cry from the flamboyant Dy that made him a polarizing figure in Philippine MMA circles. His return to the featherweight division was also a welcome sight, as he was noticeably drawn out cutting too much weight during his previous bantamweight contests.
Then in the main event title bout, “The Bandit” from Legacy Gym Boracay connected with a stiff left jab on Sparv, taking the legs out of the Finn. Kadestam followed up with an uppercut that made “Teddy Bear” kneel on all fours, followed him with more uppercuts until “Big John” McCarthy waved off the contest in just 11 seconds.
Talking post-fight to PXC commentator Uriah Vanden Bos, Kadestam did his best Nate Diaz impersonation by telling everybody, “I’m not surprised, motherf*ckers!” Generally a man of few words, Kadestam was obviously pumped as he defeated the taller Finn in record-breaking time. When asked about what’s next for “The Bandit”, Kadestam replied, “What’s up, UFC!” Speaking to him backstage, he told us that he still has two more fights in his newly-signed contract, and that he’ll complete his contract before considering the UFC. “I just lost before this fight,” said the PXC champion. “Knowing the UFC, they won’t give me a shot knowing I just lost. I’ll finish my contract, get two more wins. Then the UFC would have no choice but to take notice.”
Two noteworthy fighters from last night’s card are Hawaii’s Rilley Dutro who nullified all of Team Lakay’s Jon Chris Corton’s arsenal across three rounds, and Aydin Mrouki who displayed a kickboxing clinic against late replacement Jaypee Espinosa.
Outside the Terror Dome, the predominantly male crowd rushed towards former (?) adult entertainment superstar Maria Ozawa who was the guest ring girl for the main event of the evening.
PXC 53 is Pacific Xtreme Combat’s second event in partnership with Solaire Resort and Casino. We’ll see you next week, Manila!