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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