CNMI mixed martial artists Mark “The Dark” Nuique (8-1) and Derrick “El Peligro” Rangamar (3-12) both endured a pair of tough first round losses in Pacific Xtreme Combat 32 held last Saturday at the University of Guam Field House.
Nuique came into his first off-island test undefeated, but the current Trench Tech bantamweight champion absorbed his first loss last weekend when he succumbed to Countershot MMA's Josh “The Hedgehog” Alvarez (11-5).
Meanwhile, the third time was not a charm for Rangamar who experienced yet another defeat in Guam. Rangamar lost in a buzzer-beater tap out win by Guam's up-and-coming fighter Kyle Aguon (3-3) of Spike 22.
Trench Tech Promotions president Cuki Alvarez traveled with Nuique and Rangamar and while Rangamar fights for Marianas Elite, he more or less took both fighters under his wing.
According to Alvarez, who has maintained his reputation as one of Saipan's most astute MMA experts, “[Nuique] did great until he got caught by a rogue arm bar, which goes to show it's not how you start, but how you finish.[Rangamar] did a good. [He] played defense most of the round until he got head and armed and Aguon tapped him out with just one second on the clock.”
It may be back to the drawing board for the aspiring MMA athletes, but on a bright note, the PXC was impressed enough with Nuique's performance that he was invited back for a second opportunity to notch his first off-island victory.
Perhaps local MMA fans can get an up close view of the pair in action in Trench Tech's upcoming Art of War 7 No-Gi Grappling and Submissions Challenge, which goes down on Aug. 11 from 10am to 6pm at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. Stay tuned for an update with the latest details.
For more information, contact Trench Tech's Cuki Alvarez at 483-4662.