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PXC Features Top Prospects In Hawaii Versus Japan Match-ups

In sports on October 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

PXC-34, set to take place on November 17 th , will feature 2 of the top MMA prospects from the Hawaiian Islands in the biggest fights of their young careers against dangerous Japanese MMA talent looking to make statements in their PXC debuts. Featherweight – Dustin Kimura, and Bantamweight – Russell Doane, will match up with veteran Shooto fighter, Guy Delumeau, and undefeated Michinori Tanaka, respectively, in front of thousands at the famed Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. PXC-34 will be broadcast live nation-wide in the Philippines on AKTV, as well as stream online for fans in Hawaii and Japan, as well as the rest of the world!Kimura is undefeated in professional MMA competition (8-0), and is often talked about as the best Hawaiian fighter not currently in The UFC. In a recent interview in the US, Kimura stated, “I’m honored to be able to fight for an organization like PXC. They have a great roster of talent at my weight; I look forward to climbing the ladder starting in November.” Kimura is a ground specialist, winning 5 of his 8 fights by submission and competes primarily as a Featherweight (145 pounds). PXC-34 will be Kimura’s international debut, as he takes on Japan’s Guy Delumeau (16-7), an experienced fighter from the famed Gutsman Dojo in Tokyo who has made a name for himself in Shooto and Pancrase competition.According to Kimura, “Guy is a very tough fighter; he will be the most experienced fighter I’ve faced yet. I am training very hard for this fight and can’t wait to give the Philippines crowd a show!”Bantamweight, Russell Doane (8-0), is also talked about as the best young Hawaiian prospects for the UFC, and is making his return to Manila after an impressive debut in PXC-33 on September 1 st . Doane won a unanimous decision battle against Japan’s Masato Sannai, showcasing excellent striking skills, as well as powerful takedowns and control on the ground. Another victory in PXC-34 in November will make a strong argument for Doane to be considered as the top contender for the PXC Bantamweight belt!Japan’s Michinori Tanaka also puts his undefeated record (5-0) on the line, with all wins in Shooto competition against other up and coming Japanese and Korean fighters. In his young career, his highlights include a victory in the 2011 Shooto Rookies Tournament Final. Tanaka trains at Reversal Gym Yokohama Ground Slam alongside some of the top stars of Shooto and Japanese MMA, and is expected to represent Japan as a major threat in the PXC Bantamweight division. With 2 PXC fighters being signed to The UFC in the last 3 months, PXC showcases the best up-and-coming MMA talent in the Asia-Pacific region. These top prospects from Hawaii and Japan are definitely on the top of the list of“fighters to watch out for.”PXC is presented by San Mig Strong Ice and Sports 5. With special thanks to E-Games, Fitness First, FHM Philippines,, Premiere Condoms, Healthway Agility Phil, Beer Below Zero, Real Sports Radio, For more information on PXC, check out or


Top Filipino MMA Fighters Headline PXC-34

In sports on October 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

PXC, the region’s premier professional mixed martial arts promotion, has announced its biggest show to date to take place on November 17that 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. 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!

Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento (34-22), who also holds the PXC Lightweight Belt, is an extremely dangerous fighter at 145 pounds. He has fought at 4 different weight classes over his career against world-class fighters including Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendes, and Max Holloway from the UFC & Strikeforce. His dominating performances in PXC over the last year put him back on the top of the rankings as one of the toughest pound-for-pound fighters in the region. Sarmiento resides and trains in Honolulu, Hawaii, with 808 Top Team, and is well-known as one of the best MMA fighters from the islands.

Sarmiento’s opponent, Mark “Mugen” Striegl, is a submission specialist who made his PXC debut with an impressive performance in September. Striegl is now 11-0, and trains with Fight Corps MMA in Baguio City. According to Striegl, “I’m very much looking forward to fighting Harris Sarmiento. Harris is a great fighter and this is going to be an explosive match-up. This is why I joined PXC, to fight guys that will drive me to be the best I can be.” After officiating his September bout in PXC-33, legendary MMA referee, Big John McCarthy, was quoted saying, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw Mark Striegl fighting in The UFC within a year.” Serious compliment from a serious MMA expert! Will this fight be a launching pad or a lesson for Striegl, or will Sarmiento prove that he deserves all the respect given to him, and perhaps another shot against some of the elite fighters of the world as a Featherweight?

Erwin Tagle is a local MMA star that has been instrumental in developing the sport in the Philippines. As head coach and trainer of Submission Sports Gym in Quezon City, Tagle has the support of his students and fans for this comeback to professional MMA. Since PXC launched in the Philippines, Tagle has been featured as a commentator and MMA expert on AKTV, but after witnessing Ale Cali’s performances defeating all 3 of his opponents on his way to winning the Flyweight Championship, Tagle decided to make his return to professional competition, and PXC match-makers immediately recognized his ability to be one of the top fighters from the Philippines, and gave him his title shot right away. “Erwin has paid his dues, and his reputation precedes him as a showman and excellent fighter. He absolutely deserves this opportunity, and we expect a great show,” said PXC VP/Match-Maker, Eli Monge.

Ale “The Young Gun” Cali has been one of the success stories of MMA in the Philippines. PXC’s Flyweight Champ was born to be a fighter. He started off as a boxer at the age of 10 and successfully won boxing gold medals for his city in Davao; 2002 and 2003 in the Mindanao Friendship Games in Cagayan de Oro City and Mati, Davao Oriental, respectively. He also bagged several medals in the Abap National Youth Open Championships.

Faced with financial instabilities, Cali later on looked to make a bold move to Mixed Martial Arts. In 2008, he began training Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, he failed his MMA debut but it never slowed him down as he won his 4 succeeding fights, eventually becoming the PXC’s Undisputed Flyweight Champion.

He was set to face Philippine MMA Legend, Erwin Tagle last September 1 but was sidelined due to injuries. Now, in a couple of weeks, he will get a chance once more to face his toughest opponent to date. “I am nervous yet extremely excited to be in the PXC cage with one of our country’s best fighters, Erwin Tagle,” Cali exclaimed.

The matchup between Wanawan and Toquero posts 2 undefeated Flyweights from 2 of the top gyms in the Philippines against each other. Wanawan represents Team Lakay for his second PXC bout, after putting on a show against Victor Torre in PXC-33, and Toquero, who trains alongside Erwin Tagle at Subsports, has displayed vicious elbow strikes during his first 3 knock-out performances in the PXC.

PXC is presented by San Mig Strong Ice and Sports 5. With special thanks to E-Games, Fitness First, FHM Philippines,, Premiere Condoms, Healthway Agility Phil, Beer Below Zero, Real Sports Radio, and

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In sports on September 30, 2012 at 10:22 am



 Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC), the premier MMA organization in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific region,has announced its biggest show to date to take place on November 17th at the famous Araneta Coliseum (aka “The Big Dome”) in Manila, Philippines. Headlining the star-studded international fight card will be some of the top rising stars of MMA from the Philippines, as well as Hawaii, Guam, Japan & Korea. The event is expected to draw thousands of MMA fans from all corners of the Philippines, and along with being broadcast live nation-wide on AKTV via IBC-13, the event will stream online for the world to experience as well!PXC produced 2 events at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater in 2011 before relocating the show to The Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City to produce 4 stellar events. On September 1st , PXC-33 broke new ground for MMA in the Philippines with almost 500,000 viewers of the live broadcast on AKTV and a sold-out Ynares Arena. According to PXC’s CEO, E.J. Calvo, “We are extremely excited about the move to Araneta. Our fighters have worked hard and performed well, and deserve the exposure this event will bring. PXC, as an organization, has grown leaps and bounds over a decade, and there is no doubt PXC can stand up against any MMA promotion in the region right now.”Calvo added, “Our goal is to continue to grow PXC for the benefit of MMA fans in the Philippines, as well as for the long-term growth of the sport in the entire region.”In less than 2 years since PXC arrived in the Philippines, the promotion has clearly been established as the premier MMA organization in the country. Along with media co-production partner, AKTV, the sports channel of TV5, PXC has successfully built a mainstream viewing audience for the first time, attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers during nation-wide broadcasts of the MMA events. PXC is also one of the only MMA leagues outside of Japan sending fighters to The UFC, and continuously signing the best up and coming talents in Asia. Over the last 3 months, PXC has released 2 of their top fighters to The UFC, and anticipates that several more will get the same opportunity over the next year or so. PXC Welterweight Champ, Hyun Gyu Lim,and Lightweight standout, Jon Tuck, were signed by The UFC to compete in their upcoming event in Macau on November 10th . PXC prides themselves on recruiting and showcasing the best up and coming MMA talents in the Asia-Pacific region, but also has been known to feature elite fighters from Brazil,Europe, Canada, and various areas of the US.
PXC has also treated fans by flying in Filipino-American stars of the sport, including Brandon Vera and Mark Munoz, to coach their gym mates from California, as well as “Big John” McCarthy to referee bouts and hold seminars with officials, meet fans, and promote MMA in the Philippines.PXC-34 will be the  th show in the Philippines for the Guam-based organization, and it is expected to elevate MMA in the Philippines to yet another level. Headlining the event will be the Philippines’ own, Ale “The Young Gun” Cali, the current Flyweight Champ, and prominent fighter and coach, Erwin Tagle.PXC VP/Matchmaker, Eli Monge, stated, “We anticipate that several fighters on the card will be top prospects for The UFC in the near future, so it will be exciting to see them compete on their way up! PXC fighters to look out for include the Harris Sarmiento, Eugene Toquero, Russell Doane and Mark Striegl.”

PXC is presented by San Mig Strong Ice and Sports 5. With special thanks to E-Games, Fitness First, FHM Philippines,, Premiere Condoms, Healthway Agility Phil, Beer Below Zero, Real Sports Radio,and

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Mark Striegl: Up Close and Personal

In sports on September 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

His name has now become a byword among MMA fanatics. So what’s with this Mugen Madness? Apart from being a warrior inside the octagon, displaying superb fighting stance, his boyish good looks could easily send many a girls’ hearts go Boom badoom boom boom badoom boom bass. A real knockout!
So let’s get to know PXC and MMA-ville’s Man of the Hour, Mark Striegl.

-Hello Mark! Wherever I go, people are talking about you, I’m pretty sure an endorsement deal is in the works and maybe a showbiz stint?

MS– Haha. Maybe they’re talking about another Mark? Later down the road I think an MMA musical would be a lot of fun ;P haha

-Why Mugen?

MS– “Mugen” is Japanese for limitless. During one of my early pro fights, I was asked by the promoter to provide a nickname…if I didn’t choose one, they would have chosen one for me. So rather than get stuck with something I didn’t like, I said “how about Mugen?” For all you anime fans out there…I was watching Samurai Champloo at the time. Ever since then it stuck.

-When did you realize that you wanted to become a fighter?

MS– Ever since I was young I wanted to be a professional athlete in some capacity in some sport. I didn’t think it would be MMA though.

-Who/what inspired you?

MS– Lots of fighters continue to inspire me. Growing up, I was inspired by many of the fighters of PRIDE Fighting Championship. I loved watching Fedor Emelianenko.

-Who are your heroes?

MS– Naruto Uzumaki and Baki the Grappler (;

-You compete in a fierce and brutal world of Mixed Martial Arts, do you get scared?

MS– I get a little anxious before fights. All fighters do. So much can happen in there.

-What’s your biggest fear?

MS– Regret.

-What do you consider as your biggest accomplishment so far?

MS– That’s hard to say but I’m definitely happy about what I’ve been able to accomplish in the cage and ring up to this point.

-What motivates you to be the best in your chosen field?

MS– My family and friends.

-Any advice you can give to aspiring fighters who want to follow your path/footsteps?

MS– Just go for it if this is what you want to do. You’ll never know until you try!

-Think you’re ripe for a title shot, do we hear it coming soon?

MS– I certainly hope so. I would love a shot at PXC gold. Every fighter out there wants a shot at the belt and I’m no different.

-Has fame changed Mark Striegl?

MS– Haha well, I don’t know if I’m really that famous to begin with. I still am the same person I’ve always been and my routine hasn’t changed at all.

A Questionable Victory for Pacquiao

In sports on November 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

A Pacquiao holiday once again in the Philippines!
Luckily,I have a pay per view subscription. So what I did was set-up the tv set in front of the house so that neighbors can watch. 🙂
As you can see in the pics,I have visitors coming in all ages so had hypertensive meds and bp monitor on stand-by for the young at heart :D. Well,the Marquez camp says the win is a questionable one. True,that in some rounds,Pacquiao appears to be stiff,not the Pacman that we used to know,displaying flashy footwork and the fluidity of a champion.The solid punches were missing,throwing wayward and not connecting.In this bout,Marquez showed that he’s the more strategic fighter.
In my heart,Pacquiao remains to be the Pambansang Kamao and our boxing hero,but I hate to admit that I’m not totally convinced with the win.