Hawaii fighters Pitolo, Leialoha win VFC52 bouts in Omaha

Hawaii fighters Pitolo, Leialoha win VFC52 bouts in Omaha

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It may not have been the title fight Makaha's Maki "Coconut Bombz" Pitolo was expecting, but he handled things in the ring all the same on Saturday night.

Pitolo topped Nebraska's Kassius Holdorf in the main event of VFC 52 in Omaha on Saturday, using a relentless take-down focused approach to keep his opponent with his back to the mat.

Pitolo logged takedowns in all five-rounds of the fight, which became an interim-belt opportunity when welterweight champion Jason jackson withdrew because of a medical issue. Pitolo, who failed to make the 170-pound weight limit during Friday's weigh-in, was not awarded the interim title despite winning the fight.

"I'm feeling good right now, hats off to Klay and all your fans, thanks for taking the short notice fight," said Pitolo after the fight. "We had to adjust to this gameplan, things change, Kassius came out with all his heart, I wanted to show everybody I could go 5 five minute rounds, and I did. I did exactly that."

Fellow Hawaii-based fighter Cheyden "Steadfast" Leialoha, a Puna native, won his Victory Fighting debut as the card's first fight, submitting Corey Roberts in the first round.

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