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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, FHM.com.ph, Premiere Condoms, Healthway Agility Phil, Beer Below Zero, Real Sports Radio, andLoqal.ph. For more information on PXC, check out http://www.pxc.com.ph or http://www.facebook.com/pxcmma

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.