For those of you who are pugilist fans, just getting turned on to the latest Syfy series, or who just want to know how our favorite local contestant did in the latest episode, Patch is keeping track of all the metal-on-metal action as Mineola native Andrew Montanez and his giant robot A.X.E. battles the 12 other teams this season on “Robot Combat League.”
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*WARNING – SPOILERS FOLLOW*
The third episode of the season saw Mineola-born MMA fighter and robot boxer Andrew Montanez and his piloting partner will be having a battle of the sexes in their first fight of the tournament.
Together with robot pilot Ross Mead, an engineering student, team A.X.E. faced No. 3 ranked “Game Over,” a towering robot with a screen for a face piloted by Keisha Howard and Annika O’Brien.
Measuring up, A.X.E., ranked No. 10, stands 7’10” tall, weighs 842 lbs. And has 37.5” in reach while Game Over is 8’7”, weighs in at 760 lbs and has the reach advantage in 40.5”.
A.X.E. will be hampered by a limited range of motion but also sports a pivoting head to smash from above using its head, a feature other competitors do not have.
Game Over meanwhile is heavily armored but weak internally.
The Mineola High School Class of 2003 member came out aggressive in round one while Game Over retreated as part of a strategy the girls used before nailing a few punches, trading with the giant red robot before getting its actuator blown and was the first to spill hydraulic fluid from its arm.
The girls tried to land punches onto A.X.E.’s head, hoping for a decapitation, but Montanez was able to take out both of his opponent’s arms at the end of round one leaving a puddle of hydraulic fluid on the arena floor.
In round two A.X.E. took off a piece of Game Over’s armor and made it break an actuator in a hailfire of punches.
Meanwhile, Howard was able to land enough punches to loosen A.X.E’s head enough that it eventually was knocked off, though the fight continued.
Team A.X.E. managed to reattach their head before the start of round three with Montanez saying he was targeting Game Over’s arms, one of which was inoperable due to heavy damage.
A.X.E., who only lost a piece of shoulder armor during the round, ended up pummeling Game Over, who had to use their left arm to simply hold A.X.E. back at arm’s length until the final bell, forcing a judge’s decision, which unanimously went to Montanez and Mead.
Next up A.X.E. will face Scorpio in the second round.