Fight Sport Asia’s 2014 MMA Awards: Upset of the Year

2014 Upset of the Year

Winner: Crisanto Pitpitunge over Rambaa “M16” Somdet

The world’s top strawweight and one of Asia’s best flyweights, Rambaa Somdet (12-2), returned to the cage this past November at PXC 46.  Rambaa Somdet has fought above his weight class for most of his MMA career, moving to 125lbs after vacating his 52kg Shooto World Title in 2011 due to a partially torn left bicep.  A move to a new promotion and jump up in weight wouldn’t stop Rambaa’s impressive winning streak.  Undefeated for almost 12 years and 11 fights, “M16” would meet the former PXC Bantamweight Champion, Crisanto Pitpitunge (6-3) on November 15th.  Crisanto made a successful flyweight debut at PXC 44 to get back on track after losing his title to UFC fighter Michinori Tanaka and getting submitted by 20-year-old Han Bin Park at PXC 41.  The two men would go back and forth.

Runner-up: Eric Kelly over Robert Lisita

With wins in seven of his past eight bouts, “Ruthless” Rob Lisita (14-5) was making a name for himself as one of the best featherweights in Asia.   Rob faced a series of tough competition in 2013, where he was able to finish DREAM veterans Rodolfo Marques Diniz (15-2) and Takeshi Inoue (21-8).  Another brutal finish with vengeful motivation put Lisita in position for a main event fight at ONE FC 18.  Lisita would fight former URCC Champion, Eric Kelly (10-1).  Kelly brought a 3-1 ONE FC record into the bout, his only loss in a featherweight title fight when Honorio Banario’s glove cut his right eye in the 4th round.  Kelly’s fight finishing ability would come into play against Lisita as the two men put on one of the best fights of the year.

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Frank Camacho over “K-Taro” Keita Nakamura

Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura is one of the most well traveled Japanese mixed martial artists, having fought with the UFC, DREAM, Sengoku, DEEP and Shooto.  With a long list of Japanese and Asian MMA veterans in K-Taro’s win column, Keita Nakamura’s debut with PXC was supposed to be his 10th win in 11 fights.  Frank Camacho (11-2) stopped Koshi Matsumoto at PXC 38 to string together his second win in a row in his first fight in four years.  PXC 42 played host to Frank Camacho’s upset win over the long-time MMA veteran.

Mark Eddiva over Tuerxun Jumabieke

Tuerxun Jumabieke was a highly touted prospect from China, undefeated at 15-0 in his professional MMA career before singing with the UFC in 2013 (And this with more wins reportedly left off of his record).  Tuerxun used his Sanda and wrestling background to win 15 straight fights since he began his career in 2009.  Jumabieke’s most brutal work was done on Long Yun Jiang at RUFF 5 in 2012.  Mark Eddiva (5-0) would make his UFC debut against the Chinese native.  The Lakay MMA trained Eddiva would be fighting for the first time in MMA in just over three years.  Eddiva’s last win coming against Alex Lee in the now defunct Chinese MMA promotion, Legend FC.  Jumabieke came into the fight as high as a -440 favorite against the Filipino fighter, but the odds couldn’t stop the striking onslaught that would win Mark Eddiva the fight, putting an end to Tuerxun’s undefeated record.


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