Former Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) flyweight champion fighter Ale Cali, 25 years old was shot in the head by an unidentified gunman in Ulas, Davao City for still unknown reasons on Sunday, August 16 around 10:30 am in the morning.
The Davao City Police Department confirmed the tragic incident but refused to divulge other details pending completion of investigation of the said crime.
Humors showed that the motive could have been a personal vendetta arising from a business deal or a traffic altercation between Ali and someone who plans to shut down the 25 years old PXC fighter “It can be one of two things: it could be a personal grudge or a road rage incident. We’ll find out soon. Last I heard, it’s about a business he invested in,” a source said.
According also from same source, another theory that is being considered is a love triangle.
PXC chief executive officer JP Calvo was shocked upon hearing the dreadful news and sent his sympathies to Cali’s family.
“We are deeply saddened with this irreplaceable loss. We are sending our sincerest condolences to bereaved family of Ale Cali. He was an exemplary champion and a good person,” he said. He also added that the PXC Family mourns about the passing of such a young and talented fighter at the person of Ali Cali.
The Guam-based PXC staged 14 of its last 25 events in Manila, and since its first Philippine venture in June 2011; it has been a staple of the local MMA scene, spawning talented Pinoy contenders like Ali Cali, Mark Striegl, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Glen Ranillo and Rolando Gabriel Dy.
Cali holds a record of 5 wins and 3 losses rose to stardom way back in February 2012 when he captured the PXC flyweight title against Guamanian stalwart Jesse Taitano via a third-round technical knockout before he successfully defended it with a third-round stoppage of compatriot Erwin Tagle 9 months later.
The 5-foot-5 native of Davao City dropped the 125-pound division’s top prize to Louis Smolka in November 2013 by way of first-round technical knockout.
Cali was last seen in action when he was submitted with a first-round arm bar in March 2014.
“The Young Gun” was penciled to have his comeback bout as part of PXC’s fight card in November. But because of what happened to him, the said comeback will never happen.
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