Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Policeman From Kapangan, Benguet Knocks Out Opponent In MMA Fight

Crisanto Pitpitunge, a policeman hailing from the town of Kapangan in Benguet, continues to make his mark as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. In his most recent outing inside the ring last Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, he made quick work of his opponent. He knocked out Alvin Cacdac of California in the very first round of their scheduled five-round fight for Pacific Xtreme Combat 48 (PXC 48).

The winner of the encounter was supposed to go home with the Pacific Xtreme Combat flyweight championship belt. Cacdac who won the belt when he bested Ernesto Montilla last year was supposed to defend it against Pitpitunge who earned the number one contender spot after wins over Josh Duenas and Rambaa Somdet.

Unfortunately, the bout was turned into a non-title fight when both fighters missed weight. Cacdac was also stripped of the strap prior to the bout. The weight limit for the flyweight division is penciled at 125 pounds. At the official weigh-ins, Cacdac weighed in at 127 pounds while Pitpitunge tipped the scales at 126 pounds. The bout still pushed through but with the flyweight title out of contention.

Pitpitunge who fights under the Team Lakay banner ended the fight late in the first round with two vicious right hands. He dropped Cacdac with a looping overhand right which landed flash on the head. He followed it up with another right hand which flattened Cacdac on the mat. The referee stepped in to put an end to the fight and save Cacdac from unnecessary punishment.

With the victory, Pitpitunge improves his record to 8 wins and 3 losses. He's currently on a three-fight winning streak. Cacdac, on the other hand, falls to 15 wins and 11 losses.

Aside from being a professional MMA fighter, Pitpitunge also serves as a cop in Benguet. He is assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
Alvin Cacdac (left) and Crisanto Pitpitunge in a striking match. Image credit: PXC via Facebook.
Two other Team Lakay fighters also fought during the event. John Cris Corton finished Rufino Mante in the first round via TKO. He put Mante on the mat, took a dominant position, and struck with his elbows which led to the TKO stoppage. On the other hand, Harold Banario had his four-fight winning streak broken after losing to Mark Abelardo via TKO.