Hailing from Kapangan, Benguet, Philippines, Crisanto Pitpitunge is a police officer and a mixed martial artist currently signed with Bahrain-based promotion Brave Combat Federation (Brave CF). A member of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, he will be the first fighter from his country to fight in Jordan soil.
Pitpitunge will face Jalal Al Daaja of Jordan at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises.” They will battle it out in the bantamweight division in the 10th edition of Brave CF.
The news about a decorated police officer who fights mixed martial arts had captivated the Jordanian fans by surprise. The legend of Pitpitunge grows each day among the fans of the sport as the rise of the former PXC Champion from humble beginnings had been spread among the fans.
A graduate of Criminology from the University of Cordilleras in Baguio City, Pitpitunge is serving as a police officer. He comes from the same university as his fellow Team Lakay members and Brave CF fighters Jeremy Pacatiw Stephen Loman, the reigning Bantamweight Champion of the promotion.
Born on December 28, 1986, Pitpitunge was from a poor family surviving on one meal a day. Now on the right side of the law catching criminals, he is proud to be an MMA fighter and a policeman.
“At first, balancing MMA with police duty was a bit challenging,” Pitpitunge admitted. “But with wise time management, I got used to it now.”
It was Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao who introduced Pitpitunge to MMA, which developed a high level of discipline and changed the life of the man from Kapangan once and for all. Currently, the Brave CF fighter holds a record of 9 wins out of his 14 appearances.
“Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” will take place on March 2, 2018 at the Prince Hamzah Sports Hall in Amman, Jordan. Meanwhile, here is a short clip featuring Pitpitunge: