Kyle Aguon (8-4) is the new PXC Bantamweight champion. The Guamanian, who was making his twelfth appearance under the PXC flag, claimed the strap vacated by current UFC veteran Michinori Tanaka by producing a solid performance to top Rolando Dy (5-3).
Aguon vs. Dy headlined PXC 45 which went down on Friday night at the University of Guam Fieldhouse in Guam. As with previous installments, the entire card streamed via tape delay on LIVESTREAM. (Do note you can catch replays of all the fights on the site.)
After a tentative start in the first stanza, Aguon rocked Dy in the latter stages of the second. Aguon pursued with a combination of punches in his attempt to finish the fight, but his Filipino counterpart survived the onslaught and ensured the bout saw a third frame. Dy’s moments, meanwhile, came mostly in the third round as he reaped success through a series of elbows and kicks. Aguon was visibly hurt in those exchanges, although the damage inflicted weren’t significant.
It was then up to the fighters to prove their worth in the championship rounds. Aguon secured a takedown early in the fourth round, but was unable to land anything substantial. Both men were fatigued when it came down to the final five minutes and neither ever really looked in danger of putting the other away.
After 25 minutes, the final scores were read and Aguon garnered a split call and the 145-lbs strap much to the delight of his hometown faithful.
Australia’s Alex Volkanovski (8-1) had another reason to celebrate as the Roshambo champ scored a lopsided decision triumph over PXC staple Kyle Reyes (5-3) in the co-main event. The latter did his best to mount submission attempts throughout but Volkanovski’s experience enabled him to be a step in front each time. Reyes did well to defend a couple of back chokes at one point during the fight and even had a flurry towards the end, but it wasn’t enough to merit favorable scores from the judges.
Elsewhere on the card, UFC veteran Darren Uyenoyama (9-5) returned to winning ways with a first round rout of Saipan’s Shane Alvarez (10-2). Following a takedown, Uyenoyama maneuvered seamlessly to mount, forcing Alvarez to give up his back in the process. Uyenoyama then proceeded to lock in a Rear-Naked Choke, however, it was not to be as Alvarez shrugged off the submission and escaped. The danger, though, was far from over as Uyenoyama didn’t hold back from throwing hard shots, and after forcing his opponent to cover up from a wide range of unanswered strikes, the referee made a prompt intervention.
In the only women’s tussle of the evening, Tiger Muay Thai product Brogan Walker (1-0) had a successful professional MMA debut as she topped Korean Top Team’s, Yoo Jin Jung (0-3). The fights saw both women brawling for the most part but it was Walker who upped the ante with her striking. Neither fighter ever threatened the action to go onto the canvas as Walker eventually outpointed her South Korean foe for a Unanimous Decision victory.
Check out full results from the event below:
- Kyle Aguon def. Rolando Dy via Split Decision (For PXC Bantamweight Championship title)
- Alex Volkanovski def. Kyle Reyes via Unanimous Decision
- Trevin Jones def. Toby Misech via Split Decision
- Brogan Walker def. Yoo Jin Jung via Unanimous Decision
- Darren Uyenoyama def. Shane Alvarez via TKO (Strikes) in Round 1
- Hong Seung Chan def. Tyrone Jones via Unanimous Decision
- Scotty Eclavea def. Mike Sanchez via Unanimous Decision
- Vince Masga def. McKlane Alfred via Unanimous Decision
*Photos credit: Christopher Rhoads/For Pacific Daily News