PXC 37 Results – Tanaka Is The New PXC World Bantamweight Champion, Jang Yong Kim Advances To The Tournament Finals

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Venue: PXC 37

Date:18 May 2013

Location: Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig, Phililppines

Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC) wrapped up its 37th installment on Saturday (May 18, 2012), at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines.

Crisanto Pitpitunge failed to defend his title as he was defeated by the skillful Japanese fighter, Michinori Tanaka via Unanimous Decision.

It was a very entertaining fight between Tanaka and Pitpitunge as two of the best bantamweights in Asia gave all they got to entertain the fans.

In the first round, everyone thought that Crisanto will make Tanaka tap as he caught the Japanese submission specialist into a tight rear-naked choke. But Tanaka looked very relaxed while Pitpitunge’s squeezing his neck – that’s how high level grappler Tanaka is. Since that RNC attempt by the former champ, it was all about Tanaka’s wrestling.

Tanaka and his team were very emotional after the fight as they all knew that their labor paid off as they’ll bring the PXC bantamweight belt back home in Japan. In this sport of MMA, each bout can only have one winner and one loser. Getting a victory in this tough sport is no doubt, one of the best thing that has happened to a fighter while losing can put a fighter down emotionally and mentally.

We know the fact that all fighters are looking for that win; we must also know that some captures it, others don’t.

After enduring some rigorous training and exhausting weight cut, Korean Top Team’s Jang Yong Kim is back to his winning ways as he submitted an up and coming fighter from Hawaii, Nate Thorell in the opening round via kimura.

While Kim is celebrating his win against Thorell, his team mate, Hong Seung Chan was at the dugout thinking what went wrong in his game plan as he was defeated by Reno Remigio of Hawaii in the third round by way of TKO (punches). Remigio’s Muay Thai played a big factor on his victory over the South Korean fighter. He is connecting solid knees and razor sharp elbows whenever they are in the clinch position. Also, the take down defense of Remegio helped him get the W for his PXC debut. Though stepping up late to fight Chan, the part Hawaiian-Filipino Remegio showcased his superb striking abilities and left a message to the rest of the lightweight division that he is here to stay.

Fight Works MMA went 2-0 as Rolando Gabriel Dy submits Arex Montalban by way of armbar and Ernesto Montilla Jr. shocked the crowd by taking out Team Lakay’s Jerome Wanawan in the second round. The Laguna-based fight team is going to celebrate its first anniversary on May 27th and getting big wins last night were an early gift for the whole team who struggled to get some sponsorship prior to PXC 37. Someone really needs to support this team financially because the talents over there are exceptional. I predict that FWMMA will be one of the Philippines’ best MMA team in a couple of years.

While Fight Works MMA celebrates their huge victories last night, Team Lakay arguably had their toughest outing so far as they went 0-3. Wanawan faced a much improved Ernesto Montilla last night. Montilla showed speed, power and his excellent endurance. Montilla handed Jerome his second straight losses. Troy Bantiag faced Trevin Jones in a match where most of the fight fans knew he will dominate. But Jones fought smart and took the fight to where Bantiag has his weakness – on the ground. Jones defeated Bantiag via UD. Team Lakay vows to bounce back strong on August 31st as 5 of its best fighters will fight in ONE FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’.

Bout 1: Dy versus Montalban – Featherweights

[Dy def. Montalban via 1st Rd. Submission (Armbar) ]

Bout 2: Nakayama versus Pecyna – Featherweights

[Nakayama def. Pecyna via 1st. Rd. Submission (Kimura) ]

Bout 3: Samad versus Machado – Lightweights

[Samad def. Machado via 2nd Rd. Submission (Armbar) ]

Bout 4: Montilla Jr versus Wanawan – Flyweights

[ Montilla Jr. def. Wanawan via 2nd Rd. TKO (Punches) ]

Bout 5: Chan versus Remigio – Lightweights

[ Remigio def. Chan via 3rd Rd. TKO (Punches) ]

Bout 6: Bantiag versus Jones – Bantamweights

[ Jones def. Bantiag via UD ]

Bout 7: Kim versus Thorell – (Featherweight Semi-Final)

[Kim def. Thorell via 1st Rd. Submission (Kimura)]

Bout 8: Pitpitunge versus Tanaka (Bantamweight Title)

[ Tanaka def. Pitpitunge via UD ]

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Jang Yong Kim: “I will win the tournament so don’t put all your interests and high hopes up on Mark Striegl.”

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On May 18, 2013, Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC), will stage their 37th show with current PXC bantamweight champ, Crisanto Pitpitunge defending his title for the first time against the undefeated Michinori Tanaka as the main event fight of night, a four-man featherweight tourney adds up the hype of the event as Filipino MMA superstar Mark “Mugen” Striegl takes on Shooto champion Yusuke Yachi.

The other match-up for the said featherweight tournament is set between Korent Top Team’s “The Beast” Jang Yong Kim and 808 Fight Factory’s Nate Thorell. The winner of the four-man tourney will be crowned as the new PXC world featherweight champion in August in Manila.

Striegl is the favorite fighter to win the tournament. His unblemished record and his skills made the majority of fight fans think that he is going to be crowned as the next champion.

But despite of Striegl being the most adored fighter  to win the tourney, there is one fighter who is confident that he will win and become the new PXC featherweight champion – he calls himself “The Beast”.

Jang Yong “The Beast” Kim trains at one of the best MMA gyms in South Korea, Korean Top Team (KTT), under the tutelage of Dongjin Ha.

Kim is known for his aggressive style and heavy hands. He loves to utilize his boxing skills and punching power to pick his opponent apart. Whenever he is in the gym, he is tirelessly honing his overall game; that is why he is called “The Beast”.

“My character and fighting style resembles a beast. Also, my training is always in “beast mode”.”

Kim will face top Hawaiian prospect, Nate “Da Great” Thorell on May 18th at PXC 37. Thorell has an impressive ground game and never-ending endurance and is tagged as the next great featherweight to come out of Hawaii. But the Korean fighter is not worried about what people say about his next foe. He is convinced that he will win against him and will fight in the tournament’s final round in August.

“He is a tall fighter (Thorell) with good physique, but nothing better. As for the tournament, I think I will meet Mark Striegl in the finals.”

The Beast’s work ethic is second to none. He wakes up every morning to do his road work and gets back in the gym to learn some new techniques and sparring. He knows that Thorell is no pushover, so as usual, Kim is making sure that he will be on his 110% percent come fight night.

” I am participating in this tournament, so it is a must for me to win. At the moment, I am focusing on my physical condition and I am set to peak at PXC 37.”

This is a very important fight of Kim’s MMA career. He is eager to bounce back from a devastating loss against the outgoing PXC featherweight champ, Joe “The Juggernaut” Taimanglo last year at PXC 32. He believes that Striegl will win his fight against the tough Japanese fighter, Yusuke Yachi.

“This is a very important opportunity for me, PXC is my home, and of course I’ll do my best. I believe Mark Streigl will win his fight. When I fought Taimanglo, lady luck wasn’t on my side. But from then and now, my fight game has definitely improved. Again, I am always looking to improve my game and be more well-rounded.”

Kim established himself as of the toughest featherweights in the PXC by beating three of the most feared fighters in the Guam-based MMA promotion, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento, Fasi Jesse and Ronnie Borja. He is confident that he is much skilled and more deadly fighter than Thorell.

“I believe I have an advantage of him over everything, but his reach is longer than mine.”

He may not be the most athletic and skilled fighter in the tournament, he may not be be the crowd’s favorite, but “The Beast” knows that he will win the title because he really prepared well for it.

“Please show some support for my fight. I’ll be winning the tournament so don’t put all your interests and high hopes up on Mark Streigl.”

Jang Young Kim vs. Nate Thorell Preview:

PXC 37 also features another Korean Top Team fighter as rising lightweight prospect Hong Seong Chan looks to stay unbeaten inside the PXC cage as he faces Filipino PXC vet Glen Ranillo.

Team Lakay’s Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag looks for another K.O win as he takes on heavy-handed Trevin Jones.

Bantiag’s teammate, one of the most popular PXC fighters today, Jerome Wanawan, looks to bounce back from his PXC 34 loss against Eugene Toquero by taking on Fight Works MMA’s Ernesto Montilla Jr.

Wanawan vs. Montilla Jr. Preview:

PXC 37 Fight Card:

PXC World Bantamweight Championship

Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge vs. Michinori Tanaka

Four-Man Featherweight Tournament:

Mark “Mugen” Striegl vs. Yusuke Yachi

Jang Yong “The Beast” Kim vs. Nate “Da Great” Thorell

Under Card Bouts:

Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag vs. Trevin Jones [Bantamweight]

Jerome Wanawan vs. Ernesto Montilla Jr. [Flyweight]

Syafiq “The Slasher” Abdul Bin Samad vs. Wesley Pereira [Lightweight]

Arex Montalban vs. Rolando Dy [Featherweight]

*Few more match-ups to be annunced

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