Mark Sangiao Is Preparing His Pupils For The Biggest Fights Of Their Careers

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In the past few years, Team Lakay has been a major force in Asian MMA scene, especially in Philippine MMA. They are one of the reasons why Philippines is the hot bed for MMA in Asia today.

Team Lakay is the home of MMA champs such as ONE FC featherweight world king Honorio “The Rock” Banario, who is also the current URCC lightweight title holder. The Baguio-based MMA fight team is also the residence of PXC world bantamweight champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge, URCC welterweight champion and Martial Combat Superfight title holder, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, URCC flyweight champion, Kevin “Silencer” Belingon and the longtime URCC flyweight title holder, “The Punisher” Rey Docyogen.

If there is one man who is responsible for producing such great fighters, that would be none other than Team Lakay’s head coach, former URCC bantamweight champion, and former SEA Games Gold Medalist, Mark “The Machine” Sangiao.

Sangiao is a long-established martial arts practitioner. From kickboxing to taekwondo, judo to Brazilian jiu jitsu, Sangiao is truly, the pioneer of MMA in his home town Baguio City and arguably one of the people who brought MMA in the Philippines into a whole new level.

Sangiao knows how to build champions, he knows how exactly a fighter should train and eat because he is a former fighter himself; he understands the point of view of every fighter who trains at his gym.

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Team Lakay’s journey on top continues as they prepare for the biggest fights of their MMA careers. Mark Sangiao is getting his fighters ready for two of the most anticipated mixed martial arts events not only in the Philippines, but in whole Asia, as 8 of his best pupils will compete in PXC 37 and ONE FC 9 ‘Riste to Power’. Both events will be headlined by two Team Lakay world champions.

First up, PXC 37, happening on May 18th at The Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines, as the current champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge makes his first-ever title defense against the undefeated and ground specialist from Japan, Michinori Tanaka. Also, two of Team Lakay’s young fighters, Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag and Jerome Wanawan will make their appearances at the said PXC event. Bantiag will go up against Guam’s Trevin Jones, while Jerome Wanawan looks to comeback to his winning ways against a very talented fighter from San Pedro, Laguna, Ernesto Montilla Jr.

After PXC 37, the mammoth ONE FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ is up next for the Baguio-based fight team. The current ONE FC world featherweight champion from Team Lakay, Honorio “The Rock” Banario will also make his first title defense against a seasoned veteran in Koji Oishi of Japan.

Four more well-recognized Team Lakay fighters will make their toughest fights so far as Eduard “Landslide” Folayang faces WEC and UFC vet, Kamal “Prince of Persia” Shalorous, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon battles grappling wizard Masakatsu Ueda for the Bantamweight GP Finals, Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen takes on former UFC fighter, Yasuhiro Urushitani and “The Gravity” Geje Eustaquio is finally back inside the ONE FC cage against his toughest opponent to date, Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone.

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Mark Sangiao’s pushing his fighters to the limit to prepare them for tough battles against some of the big names in Asian MMA today. Team lakay fighters are known for their excellent condition, power and rigorous training regimen. Mark is assured that his boys are ready come fight night due to a very much-improved training that his fighters are doing for the big events coming up,

“They are doing great. The training leveled up compared to the last ones because they are training together and they know that they have their own big fights to win.”

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Getting a fighter ready for a big event is a very difficult taks to do. But from Mark Sangiao’s standpoint, as long as you and your fighters work together, nothing is impossible,

“No, it’s not hard to train them because we really work as a team and brought in some additional coaches who specializes in boxing and Muay Thai. Also, we have our own Sanshou background that we can add well with some wrestling techniques. We also added some extra time on our grappling. But all in all, training our guys here isn’t too difficult.”

Aside from bringing in coaches who specializes in Boxing and Muay Thai, Sangiao also arranged additional outdoor training for his fighters and added extra hour to every practice just to make sure that they are well prepared when they go to battle,

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“We adjusted our time of practice; we extended our training hours. Also, in this training camp, we only not focused ourselves inside the gym and having uphill sprints, we also added some extra training at Teacher’s Camp here in Baguio City for strength and conditioning.  So those are some of the adjustments that we made for this camp.”

All of Team Lakay fighters that will compete at PXC 37 and ONE FC 9 are matched up against world-class grapplers. It is evident from their past fights that whenever a grappler fights a Lakay fighter, it is either that grappler’s going to give the Lakay fighter a tough fight or submit him.

But as we all know, the game is continuously evolving so as the fighters. Lakay fighters, through their setbacks against ground specialists, gave them a serious motivation to train harder and focus more on sharpening their grappling skills.

First on Mark Sangiao’s list is Crisanto Pitpitunge’s title defense against Michinori Tanaka, who we all aware of being such a deadly fighter whenever he’s on the ground. Sangiao has been working on improving Pitpitunge’s take down defense and how to escape from various submission holds. Also, in PXC 37, Troy Bantiag will face Trevin Jones, a fighter who has a very intimidating wrestling game and serious punching power. Jerome Wanawan will make his first appearance of the year as he comes off a humbling loss against Eugene Toquero last year,

“Crisanto’s training is great. We know that Tanaka’s well-trained on the ground and has very decent grappling skills. That’s why we trained Crisanto’s take down defense and focused more on his grappling because we know Tanaka will try to take him down, so we also practiced various submission escapes.”

“Troy and Jerome also are doing great. They are very positive the whole training because they really want to win their fights. Another great thing about this camp is that everyone is helping each other to improve. They are forcing everyone to sharpen their skills and aim to level their skills up together. They will be ready on May 18th for PXC 37.” Sangiao added.

After PXC 37, ONE FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ is next as Honorio Banario defends his title against Oishi, Belingon battles Ueda for the GP finals, Docyogen faces former UFC fighter, Urushitani and Eustaquio to lock horns with Leone.

Banario captured the title against Eric Kelly on February 2, 2013, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Now that he is going to defend his belt for the first time, fighting in front of his home crowd adds up to the pressure. It is a tough task to fight world-class fighters in your backyard, but Sangiao is confident that Banario and the rest of his fighters will be 110% ready on May 31,

“Honorio’s training is phenomenal, especially that Eduard is fresh from the U.S and has some great techniques with him that he can impart to his training partner, Honorio. He really wants to retain his title and I am happy to see him doing all his best in every training session we have.”

“With regards to Oishi’s ground skills, I saw some of his fights and the truth is, he is not really that fighter who loves to take the fight to the ground. I watched some videos of him and he also likes to strike. I am pretty sure that this fight is going to be electrifying. My prediction for this match up is that thousands of fans will be on the edge of their seats. But just in case Oishi will take Honorio down, we are ready for that; Honorio can beat Oishi at his own game.”

Fresh off his TKO victor over Thanh Vu last April 5th in ONE FC 8, Belingon’s next assignment is to beat a fellow GP finalist, Masakatsu Ueda.

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Belingon is an extraordinary fighter. He comes to every fight with a lot of surprises. Whenever he steps inside the cage, he is a different man, a much-improved fighter every time he fights. He will face another high-level grappler in Ueda for the ONE FC Bantamweight GP Finals,

“Ueda is very refined on the ground, but Kevin obviously has a significant advantage in the striking department. If Ueda will take Kevin down, I’m positive that with the much improved grappling skills of Kevin, he can keep up very well with the Japanese’s game. Kevin is getting better and better every fight. So I know he will soon be a contender to the ONE FC Bantamweight title.”

After 7 weeks of refining his ground game in the U.S, the poster boy of Team Lakay, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang is back and hopes to beat Kamal Shalorous using his much-improved ground game. Sangiao believes that Folayang’s U.S trip was a huge eye-opener for the reigning URCC welterweight champion to train harder to improve his wrestling and jiu jitsu game,

Photo Credit: Anton Tabuena

Photo Credit: Anton Tabuena

“We cannot say that in just 7 weeks of his training in the U.S, we can see a well-versed Eduard Folayang on the ground. But at least, he absorbed some important techniques that he can use in his future fights. His U.S trip was a great eye-opener for him to work harder to refine his grappling.”

Shalorous has been in the UFC and fought some of the best in the world, which makes him a real threat to Eduard Folayang. But Mark saw something about Shalarous game that Eduard can take advantage of and he believes that his pupil will win the fight,

“We watched some of Shalarous fights and we saw something that Eduard can capitalize on. I cannot reveal what it is, but I think Eduard is much faster and technical than him. I know he can beat Shalorous. But if Eduard can do it via KO or TKO, much better.”

When asked if his boys are ready for PXC 37 and ONE FC 9,

“Of course, they are good to go. But as of now, we are very cautious about them not getting any injuries as the fight day approaches very fast. That’s the only concern we have right now.”

Being a coach, adviser, provider and a second father to his fighters, aside from making their dreams come true; one great thing about handling these fighters in Sangiao’s assessment is changing those fighters to become a better person,

“That’s one of the great things about this sport. We’re dealing different personalities and change them for the better. For me, even if sometimes I am not around during practices, I know they will do their part as a fighter. I know they will do what is right whenever they’re in the gym, even though sometimes my eyes are not monitoring them. Because I am always telling them that you will not be a champion unless you train like one.”

When asked on who are the naughtiest Team Lakay fighters,

“I would say Rey (Docyogen) and Honorio (Banario). (Laughs) Unlike their other team mates, those two are the loudest people everytime we train; they always make their team mates laugh. Also, Troy (Bantiag), maybe it’s because of his age, but he sometimes doesn’t take things seriously, but I understand that. He still got a long way to go.”

Last year, through his personal Facebook account, Sangiao asked a question to his fans on whether they like to see him back in action inside the ring/cage. It was obvious in the comment thread that a lot of fans and friends want him to go back and fight. But due to his tight schedule preparing his fighters to various gigantic MMA events around Asia, it seems like he really hang up his gloves and focused himself on handling his fighters and setting up local MMA and grappling tournaments,

“We already discussed about that matter, but as much as I’d like to go back into fighting, with the tasks I have as the head coach of the team; organizing some local shows like Team Lakay Championship and Team Lakay Grapplers’ Cup, it is really rational for me to not fight anymore. It’s not that my body cannot do it anymore, it’s just my schedule is so tight that I cannot train hard because I have more important things to do like those I’ve mentioned a while ago. So right now, that is my focus, coaching and organizing our events.”

When asked on what advice he can give to those coaches who look up to him,

“For me, to be able to stay hungry in the sport, is they need to check their passion for this sport. Then they need to look at the future of MMA in our country. If they want to be successful in this sport, all they need to do is focus and get real serious about it.”

“I am always saying about this to other coaches – we need to have healthy competitions among us. If we have events here in Baguio, they are welcome to join us. If they do have events in their own provinces, we are glad to join and help them. Let us just take away that traditional mentality of comparing each other’s abilities; we need to have a healthy competition. We need to learn from each other for the benefit of the sport. Here at Team Lakay, we are willing to invite them to join our events. We set aside our pride because we know that we also need the knowledge of Muay Thai practictioners, Wrestlers and Jiu Jitsu, for us to be a well-rounded.” Sangiao added.

Three Team Lakay Warriors At PXC 37 By Mark “The Machine” Sangiao

pxc 37 team lakayThree Team Lakay warriors are now ready to prove themselves in the cage once again. The trainings are done. All we have to do is wait until the event on Saturday and Pray for successful outcomes of what we have worked hard for. We did our best in preparing for Pacific Xtreme Combat’s “PXC 37” which is to be held at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on May 18. The boys are now in Manila for their press conferences, open work-outs and pictorials for the said event. After these are the weigh-ins on Friday morning and then the event proper come Saturday night.

We don’t worry that much since we have done our best in our preparation. We had our rigorous and intense training every morning and afternoon of everyday, together with our other Team Lakay fighters like Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Rey Docyogen, Dave Galera and other up and coming fighters. Rain or shine we have to follow our Training Program. It was a sacrifice for all of us. For as long as we did our best, we know that in the end, it’s going to be worth it.

Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge, a Kapangan-born warrior, is going to be having his first title defense for his PXC Bantamweight Title against the contender from Japan, Michinori Tanaka.

After 10 months from his win for the PXC Bantamweight Championship Title, I can see more passion radiate in Crisanto’s eyes. This is the best Crisanto that I’ve ever seen. He is so ready to defend his belt. In spite of his rigid training in the Philippine National Police, he made sure his conditioning is still intact and we made sure his skills and techniques are honed and further developed. At this point, we would like to thank Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) Director, PChief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, Col. Joseph Adnol and his other Superior Officers for allowing Crisanto to be transferred in Baguio City, from Abra, to accommodate both his PNP training and his MMA training. We also appreciate very much their support and assistance to Crisanto’s preparation for his next fight.

This match against Tanaka is going to be the main event of the 8th installment of the Pacific Xtreme Combat in the Philippines and the 37th in all over the Asia-Pacific Region. This match is going to be a bang!

Another Team Lakay fighter who is on the card is Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag who will be fighting against Guamanian, Trevin Jones. Troy is a native of Kalinga. And as we all know, it is not a surprise if we see him fight as a real warrior because it runs in his blood- a true warrior blood. He is one of the protégés of Team Lakay, a future champion I can see. All we have to do is to guide him and develop his skills more. He is one tough fighter, like a young lion, playful and carefree that needs to be refined and nurtured. He has proven himself in the local and some big fights already with one loss on his record. He took this loss as a matured person and considered it as a challenge for him to be a better fighter. Watch out for him because along with his great athleticism, he has a great arsenal to show especially in his upcoming fight. Don’t blink!

The third but definitely not the least Team Lakay fighter on the PXC 37 card is Jerome “Torogi” Wanawan. This B.S. Education graduate from the University of the Cordilleras, is also well-known to be the “Piolo” of MMA here in the highlands. He has a great charisma inside the ring and cage. Everyone is on their feet and cheers of his name make him more energized. This micro quick fellow from the Mountain Province is so entertaining to watch. With his great skills of superb takedowns, judo stunts, striking and boxing, together with the development of his grappling skills, his fight with his opponent, Ernesto Montilla Jr, from Fight Works MMA in Laguna, is going to be one of the most anticipated fights of the event since they are both talented fighters and are both rising at their own pace to try to make a name on the MMA Map.

Marking their names on the MMA Map it is. This is one of the ultimate goals of these Team Lakay fighters as they do their best to make the fans appreciate how real MMA fighting is. This is the reason why they train painstakingly and seriously, to reach their dream to be known as a great fighter and a champion; to give the fans awesome entertainment; and to make our region and our country proud.

With this particular endeavour, we would like to thank the following for their support to the abovementioned Team Lakay fighters: Head Hunting Heritage Online Fight Shop; Calajo Restaurant, Catering and Tinapay; Dr. Dave Taclobao; Atty. Dante Bagsan; Arch. Lehman Cosalan; Gov. Nestor Fongwan; Tatak Maharlikano; 50’s Diner and the Philippine Sports Commission (Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City).

Of course we don’t forget to thank our supporters who are with us always in all of our undertakings.  We ask again for your support and prayers. This event will be aired live via Satellite at AKTV on IBC 13 on May 18. We hope that in our next piece, we are giving you three good news which make us once again proud of our roots. Till then!

PXC 37: Jerome Wanawan Is Confident He Will Win Against Ernesto Montill Jr.


In the ultra-competitive PXC flyweight division, if you want to standout among other talented fighters, you have to have not only the ability to attract fans, but a skill set of a world-class MMA fighter.

Jerome Wanawan is one of the most well-liked fighters in the PXC. He is super talented and yet very grounded guy.

Wanawan is known for his tremendous athleticism, deadly throws and power. His pinpoint striking game makes him one of the most effective flyweights in the region today.

The physically talented fighter from Baguio trains out of the famed Team Lakay under the guidance of Mark “The Machine” Sangiao.

Wanawan is a former boxer who then made his transition to Wushu Sanshou and now in MMA. He started his MMA career on February 2011 against Charlemagne Pakeo-an at URCC Baguio 2 ‘Tribal Wars’. Wanawan used his outstanding wrestling skills to control Pakeo-an on the ground and connected huge strikes from the top. Wanawan tops Pakeo-an via UD.

A year later, Wanawan made his second pro MMA bout versus Redentor Saclag at URCC URCC 3 “Invasion”. Wanawan used his superb striking to beat Saclag via 1st round TKO win.

On September 1, 2012, Wanawan made his PXC debut against the much experienced and submission specialist fighter in Victor Torre. Wanawan impressed the crowd early by tagging Torre with his strikes and taking his opponent down with vicious judo throws. Wanawan defeated Torre via TKO (punches) in the opening round.

Just when Wanawan starts to gain some momentum on his career, in November of 2012, he lost in the hands of a knockout specialist, Eugene Toquero at PXC 34. That first loss on Wanawan’s career sent him back to the drawing board and surely taught him a lot of lessons.

Jerome Wanawan’s next fight is scheduled next week, May 18th, at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Philippines, at PXC 37 against one of the heavy-handed flyweight fighters, Ernesto Montilla Jr.

Wanawan knows that this fight is the most important fight of his career to date as he aims to get back to the winning column; that is why he is preparing very well for his fight against Montilla Jr. on May 18th.

“Training has been good so far. I need to win this fight and apply those techniques I’ve learned in my preparations at PXC 37.”

He is extra motivated to train for this fight because the picture of him losing against Toquero still lingers on his mind.

“I was out of focus on that fight. Our gameplan was to strike and take him down but I got a lot of things coming to my mind that night. But I respect Toquero, he was better than me that night.”, Wanawan said.

Wanawan is facing a serious threat against Montilla Jr., who is a physically gifted athlete who has a nuclear bomb on his fists. Montilla is coming off a submission (Rear-Naked Choke) win over a highly-regarded striking specialist, Ruel Catalan.

“Montilla is a well-rounded guy. He’s got great ground skills and boxing, that’s why I’m working really hard for this fight. I know he is not a pushover but I am confident I will in the fight.”

When asked on what is his advantage over Montilla, “My advantage would be my speed. Montilla is really a tough fighter, but I am willing to stand and bang with him.”, Wanawan answered.

Since he tasted his first-ever loss agains Toquero, Wanawan made some adjustments in his training. This includes managing his time wisely and prolonging his everyday training up to 3 hours.

“What has changed in this training camp is time. In my previous fights, I am sometimes late for the scheduled time of training and we only train for 2 hours, 2 times everyday. But now, I am always on time for practice and we extend another hour to train, so we train for 3 hours, 2 times a day.”

There’s no doubt that Wanawan’s striking abilities is second to none in his division. But one thing that he is focusing on right now is to become a well-rounded fighter by honing his ground skills. He is also aware of his opponent’s impressive ground game, that is why he spends more time on the ground to perfect his grappling.

“My ground game is improving. Coach Mark is always reminding me to focus more on my ground defense. Like what I’ve said, Montilla is a great fighter, so I really need to prepare for him.”

Wanawan is lucky to have an incredible team behind him who is always there to support. Team Lakay, for him, made him not just a better fighter, but joining the most dominant fight team in the Philippines made him a much better person.

“One thing I’ve learned since joining this great team is how to manage your time. Time is very important in our lives, we need to use it properly. Also, being with these fantastic fighters here at Team Lakay gives me extra motivation to train harder everyday.”

The Bachelors of Science in Education graduate is fighting not only for himself, but for his family’s future as well.

“Fighting helped me reach one of my biggest dreams; to graduate from college. It helped me provide those material things necessary for my studies. I fight to secure my family’s future. I am really thankful to those people who helped me, especially coach Mark Sangiao, who has been with us since day one, our mentor, guidance counselor and our second dad, he is the best.”

On May 18th, Wanawan looks to amaze the fans once again as he takes on a fellow talented fighter in Montilla Jr.

Headlining the PXC 37 card is a World Bantamweight Championship bout between the champ Crisanto Pitpitunge and the challenger Michinori Tanaka.

Also, the first fight of the four-man featherweight tourney is set between Hawaii’s Nate Thorell and South Korea’s Yan Jong Kim.

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Jerome Wanawan versus Ernesto Montilla Jr. Added To PXC 37 Card!


On 18 May 2013, two of the most exciting and athletic flyweight fighters in Asia today will face each other at PXC 37 as Team Lakay’s Jerome Wanawan faces a fellow young and skilled fighter from Fightworks MMA, Ernesto Montilla, Jr.

Wanawan is an ultra-talented fighter from the most dominant MMA team in the Philippines, Team Lakay. Cordillera’s pride, Wanawan, looks to bounce back from his recent stumble at PXC 34 in November of 2012, where he tasted his first career loss against Eugene Toquero. Wanawan is eager to get back on the winning column to show his fans that this year is going to be his and aims for a shot at the title before the year ends. He is always in shape and pumped to fight. That being said, we can expect a very aggressive Jerome Wanawan on May 18th.


Ernesto Montilla, Jr. after his submission victory over Ruel Catalan at PXC 35

Meanwhiile, this fight will be Ernesto Montilla, Jr.’s second fight as a flyweight. He is coming off an impressive sumbission win over world-class striker, Ruel Catalan at PXC 35 last February 16. Montilla is a gifted fighter who has tremendous handspeed, K.O power and slick submission skills. He trains alongside PXC lightweight fighter, Isaiah “Ice” Ordiz at Fireworks MMA in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines.

This fight is expected to be one of the most aniticipated bouts of the night as both men aims to take themselves closer to the flyweight title picture. Both warriors don’t know the word ‘retreat’ or ‘quit’; everytime they step inside the cage, expect a fast-paced MMA fight between two deadly 125 pounders in the PXC.

PXC 37 will be held at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines. Headlining the card is a World Bantamweight Championship bout between the champ Crisanto Pitpitunge and the challenger Michinori Tanaka.

Some late changes has bee made to the fight card as Filipino MMA icon Mark “Mugen” Striegl’s fight with Shooto champ Yusuke Yachi has been moved in August due to the injury he sustained during training.

PXC CEO and promoter, EJ Calvo, said, “Unfortunately, both Mark Striegl and Yachi were unable to compete on May 18 due to minor injuries, and we should see them back in August in our next big Manila show. That card already features our Flyweight Title Fight (Cale versus Smolka) and a list of other great fighters! More awesome MMA action on the way from PXC!”

Also on the PXC 37 card, the former URCC featherweight champion, Ricardo Sapno, makes his PXC debut against a durable Japanese fighter Takumi Nakayama.

Here’s PXC 37’s partial fight card:

Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge vs. Michinori Tanaka [World Bantamweight Championship]

Jang Yong Kim vs. Nate Thorell [ First fight of the Four-Man Featherweight Tournament]

Syafiq “The Slasher” Abdul Bin Samad vs. Wesley Machado

Ricardo Sapno vs. Takumi Nakayama

Trevin Jones vs. Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag

Jerome Wanawan vs. Ernesto Montilla, Jr.

Reno Remigio vs. Hong Seung Chan

Rolando Gabriel Dy vs. Arex Montalban

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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PXC 34 Results: Ale Cali Retains His Flyweight Title, Striegl Submits Sarmiento, Kimura Stays Unbeaten

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The first-ever home grown PXC champion Ale “The Young Gun” Cali now improved his pro MMA record to 5-1 and retains his flyweight title by defeating the very tough Erwin Tagle via TKO in the 3rd round (Doctor Stoppage).

Tagle’s supporters were unbelievable, they were everywhere in the coliseum last night screaming for Tagle’s name. Tagle came out very strong in the early minutes of the first round, throwing and connecting some powerful kicks to Cali’s head and body. But Cali showed us why he is the PXC flyweight champion and overcame the early storm from Tagle’s offense by dancing around the cage and connecting some of his own hard combinations.

Tagle exposed Cali’s weakness by repeatedly taking him down. The veteran Tagle was very methodical in the second round. He used his wrestling to take Ale down with ease and he even mounted the flyweight champion a couple of times. But the Davao native is too quick and too cocky for Tagle. The doctors decided to stopped the fight before the third rounds start to avoid Tagle from getting more punishment from the champion.

I really admire Erwin Tagle, he showed some heart and he still got it in my opinion. He is very dangerous both feet and on the ground, he just need to work harder to improve his stamina.

After the fight, Cali said during the interview that he will fight anyone in his division and he wants his next fight to happen in Guam.

In the other main event fight, Mark Striegl (12-0) impressively submits the veteran Harris Sarmiento (35-24-0), and in my opinion, just scored the biggest and most important win of his pro MMA career.

Striegl was an underdog coming to this fight, but he said in his recent interviews that he doesn’t care what people thinks, he just want to be the no. 1 in his division and he proved it last night by tapping out the PXC lightweight champion via he called “Fil-Americana”. He just simply overpowered Sarmiento in this fight and managed to keep his MMA record unblemished.

“Mugen” stated that he wants to fight the current featherweight champion of the PXC, Joe Taimanglo, which was in the cage side watching the action.

I really cannot wait to see Striegl vs. Taimanglo punching each other in the face in the near future. I even heard PXC CEO, EJ Calvo said “Striegl passed the test”. I think he just hinted that Striegl is the number 1 contender for Taimanglao’s title.

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Another fighter managed to stay unbeaten as Dustin Kimura improves his record to (9-0) and recorded his first-ever KO win over a heavy-handed Guy Delumeau (16-8-3).

Everyone thought that this fight would go to the ground, but it didn’t turned out the way we predicted it. It was a bloody stand-up fight from first round up to the third.

Delumeau is known for his powerful hands and he displayed it in the first round when he connected some vicious right straight to the Hawaiian’s face. Kimura showed us that his all around game has greatly improved by showcasing his much improved striking. He was very slippery on the feet and he was able to land combinations after combinations to Delumeau.

Guy Delumeau looked so tired in the third while Kimura stayed crisp, sharp and dangerous  in his striking. He connected a left hook to the body that dropped Delumeau and followed it up with right straight and a jaw-crushing right uppercut that knocked Delumeau out.

Kimura lived up to the hype and showed us that he is ready to compete with some of the best guys in his division like Mark Striegl, Christ Manuel and Joe Taimanglo.

PXC 34 not only gave us some badass fights, they introduced us to the new breed of young fighters who could be fighting for the belt in the near future.

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Isiah Ordiz isplayed his boxing prowess against a Strikforce Challengers veteran, Tristan “Titay” Arenal to win via split decision and improved his record to 2-0. This was Ordiz’ second professional MMA fight and he looked very impressive.

Ordiz made his successful PXC debut at PXC 33 against Legacy Gym’s Kristoffer Persson last September. He told us the really didn’t prepare for that fight against Persson, “My coaches, team mates and manager didn’t know I was going to make my PXC debut.” He also added that before making his debut in PXC, he is working as a technical support personnel in a call center in Laguna, ” I’m not really prepared going to that fight against Persson because I have job and working for 12 hours.” He delivered very well against Persson and managed to edge him in the judges’ scorecards.

The San Pedro, Laguna native Ordiz said that winning over Tristan Arenal could put him into the upper echelon of  PXC lightweight division. Watch out for this kid, he is for real!

PXC 34 Results:

Ale Cali def. Erwin Tagle via 3rd round TKO (Doctor stoppage)

Mark Striegl def. Harris Sarmiento via 1st round Submission (keylock)

Dustin Kimura def. Guy Delumeau via 3rd round KO (Punches)

Euguen Toquero def. Jerome Wanawan via 1st round TKO (Doctor stoppage)

Michinori Tanaka def. Russel Doane via 3rd round submission (RNC)

Hong Seung Chan def. Wu Qize via 1st round TKO (punches)

Wang Sai def. Glen Ranillo via 1st round TKO (verbal submission)

Kyle Aguon def. Steve Glandeza via 1st round submission (Armbar)

Louis Smolka def. Bryan To Hang Lam via 1st round submission (Armbar)

Dario Banario def. Ernesto Montilla via UD

Zebastian Kadestam def. Patrick Manicad via 1st round submission (RNC)

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PXC 34: Jerome Wanawan Is Ready For The Biggest Fight Of His Career

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Jerome “Torogi” Wanawan (3-0-0) of Team Lakay is one of the most athletic and gifted fighters in the PXC roster. Jerome will be making his second appearance in the Guam-based MMA  promotion, Pacific Xtreme Cobat (PXC) , taking place at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines for PXC 34 against Submission Sport Philippines’ own Eugene Toquero (3-0-0).

Wanawan is a Mountain Province native, who is a former boxer who fight to earn cash for his family. He began his MMA career in 20010, beating Charlemagne Pakeo-an via unanimous decision.

Since then, he has won his last two fights, the most recent being in his triumph over a Victor Torre at PXC 33. With such an impressive record, Wanawan does not boast or talk trash, but is a quiet individual and a very humble warrior.

Wanawan is slowly climbing his way up in Asian MMA rankings to establish himself as one of the top fylweight prospects in Asia. There’s no doubt this guy will be an MMA superstar in the Philippines in the coming years. I consider this guy as the John Dodson of the PXC due to his freakish speed and tremendous power.

Jerome is two days away from the biggest fight of his MMA career. He is facing a fighter who’s gifted and strong as he is in Eugene Toquero. This fight between Wanawan and Toquero is going to be quick because both guys are always looking to finish their opponents early in the fight.

“I am ready, I will give a good fight for the fans.” said Wanawan.

Both guys are undefeated, they don’t want to give up their unblemished record, that’s for sure. So expect an all out war between these two great athlete!

Don’t miss PXC 34 on Saturday, November 17th at Smart Araneta Coliseum!

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PXC 34 Full Fight Card!

PXC, the region’s premier professional mixed martial arts promotion, has announced its biggest show to date to take place on November 17th at the famous Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines.

Headlining the star-studded international fight card will be some of the best rising stars of MMA from the Philippines versus some of the best up-and-coming fighters from Hawaii, Guam, USA, & Japan. A long-awaited Title Fight between Erwin Tagle and the current PXC Flyweight Champion, Ale Cali, will be the Main Event.

PXC-34 will also feature a Featherweight bout with veteran Harris Sarmiento taking on Mark Striegl, one of the top young MMA fighters in the Philippines, as well as a battle of undefeated Flyweights, as the explosive Jerome Wanawan takes on knock-out specialist Eugene Toquero.

Also on the card, heavy-handed Filipino fighters, Isiah Odiz and Tristan “Titay” Arenal will try to knock each other out to move up closer to title contention.

China Top Team’s dangerous striker, Wang “The Boss” Sai will be making his PXC debut against Japanese featherweight standout Hikaru Hasumi.

Another Team Lakay product, Dario Banario Jr., one of the younger brothers of Honorio “The Rock” Banario will make his PXC debut against Ernesto Montilla.

The event is expected to draw thousands of screaming MMA fans from all corners of the Philippines, and along with being broadcasted live nation-wide on AKTV via IBC13; PXC-34 will stream online for the world to experience as well!

PXC 34 Fight Card:

Main Event: Ale Cali vs. Erwin Tagle [ PXC Flyweight Championship]

Mark Striegl vs. Harris Sarmiento

Isiah Ordiz vs. Tristan Arenal

Guy Delumeau vs. Dustin Kimura

Wang Sai vs. Hasumi Hikaru

Jerome Wanawan vs. Eugene Toquero

Michinori Tanaka vs. Russel Doane

Hong Seung Chan vs. Wu Que

Steve Grandeza vs. Kyle Aguon

Bryan To vs. Louis Smolka

Dario Banario Jr. vs Ernesto Montilla

Zebaztian Kadestam vs. Patrick Manicad