By Patrick Lujan
Trevin Jones will be featured in the undercard in this weekend’s PXC 31 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Manila.
In the back of his mind, however, he knows he could’ve been in the main event. A win Saturday night will almost certainly put him there in line for the bantamweight belt.
It was in PXC 27 last October where Jones lost a unanimous decision to current champion Justin ‘The Shocker’ Cruz in what some, if not most, fans thought Jones won.
“I watched it again yesterday and I still think I won,” said Jones, who has already rebounded from his lone loss with a first-round submission win in PXC 30 in March. “It still lingers in my head, so it’s a little motivation.”
Jones takes on Filipino fighter Guzman Pia-yas who has Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) experience and fights out of Baguio Top Team.
It will be Jones’ first international fight with a 4-1 record and the only different approach for him would be to sustain his 135-lb. frame for just a bit longer than he’s used to when cutting weight for a local fight. The Tamuning resident normally carries 158 lbs. walking.
Known for his knockout power, Jones actually prefers a different approach. “Believe it or not, I’m more comfortable on the ground. I’ll stand up with him and if I have to, we can clinch up and I’ll take it to the ground. It depends on where he’s weak at. I’ll attack the weak spots,” said the jiu-jitsu blue belt practitioner.
In the end, he’s got only one goal in mind – and that’s the belt currently held by ‘The Shocker’ and being challenged later that evening by the Philippines’ Crisanto Pitpitunge.
“I’m hoping for a rematch (with Justin) after this, if I win,” Jones said. “If he loses, I’ll be asking for Crisanto, but we’ll see how it goes.”
GSPN will have on-scene coverage of PXC 31 weigh-ins on Friday and the fights Saturday night from Manila.
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