PXC Round up: Former SRC Champ K-Taro and URCC Champ Rafols added to roster, Mark Striegl gets title shot

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PXC has been busy lately, picking up two high profile champs around Asia, and setting up a featherweight title tilt for their fast rising star in Mark Striegl.

Guam and Philippines-based promotion Pacific X-Treme Combat has been busy lately, making some interesting moves in the Asian MMA scene. They've signed a bunch of new fighters as of late, with the two most notable ones being former SRC Welterweight Champion, K-Taro or Keita Nakamura (25-5), and current URCC Bantamweight Champion, Jessie Rafols (7-3).

Word on the signings were first reported by our friends at MMAOrient, with PXC official EJ Calvo confirming the news to BloodyElbow.com earlier today.

Nakamura is known in the US for an unsuccessful run at the UFC, when he entered the promotion on 2006 at a very young age. After learning from losses to guys such as Brock Larson and Drew Fickett, and having a few years to mature and hone his skillset, Nakamura has rebounded very well. He has since earned victories at various promotions such as DREAM, Shooto, Legend FC, and most notably Sengoku / SRC, where he won their welterweight grand prix and claimed the promotion's title.

He has won 8 of his last 9 fights, and at 29-years-old, he seems to be at his prime. He will look to continue his streak and make a huge impact when he drops down to 155 lbs to contend at the PXC lightweight division.

Rafols on the other hand, is a ONE FC veteran and the current URCC Bantamweight Champion. His camp claims to have completed all contractual obligations with the URCC, and will now look to join in the stacked bantamweight roster of a fellow Philippine MMA promotion in PXC.

It's another great signing for PXC who are constantly looking to stack up on their Filipino stable of fighters. Let's just hope this doesn't turn into an ugly situation like what happened when they tried to sign the URCC Featherweight Champion in Ricardo Sapno.



PXC 38 will happen on August 9 in Guam, and it will have Filipino Eugene Toquero (4-0) taking on former Shooto Flyweight Champ and currently the number 1 ranked strawweight (115 lbs) fighter, Rambaa Sombdet (10-2) in the main event. Yusuke Yachi is also set to take on B.J. Penn's student Toby Misech on the main card.

The rest of the August card has yet to be announced, but the PXC 39 card this September already has an entertaining featherweight bout booked. EJ Calvo has confirmed to us that top Featherweight prospect and one of Asia's fastest rising stars in Mark Striegl will indeed be fighting for the PXC featherweight title.

The popular Filipino-American fighter has amassed an impressive 14-0 record, with wins over several Asian champions including PXC lightweight champ, Harris Sarmiento. He will be taking Jang Yong Kim, whose 6-5-1 record can be a bit misleading as the Korean Top Team product already has quality victories over guys such as Keita Nakamura and Harris Sarmiento, and has only lost to Bellator's Joe Taimanglo in the past 4 years.

It promises to be an entertaining match up and this September 14 card will be hosted in Manila, all eyes will be on Striegl, where the Filipino fight fans will surely be rooting for him to graduate from contender to champion in the PXC.

Other bouts recently confirmed to BloodyElbow.com by officials for PXC 39 are Featherweight King of Pancrase Takumi Nakayama taking on UFC veteran Shane Nelson, along with Zebastian Kadestam going against Ross Ebanez.



Speaking of Striegl who is rapidly becoming a mainstream star in the country, he not only has recently secured an endorsement deal with Vibram Five Fingers, but now there's also a documentary about him to be released called "MUGEN: Life of a Fighter". They're currently filming his life and his journey towards that championship, and you can watch the trailer below.

The most interesting quote to me was the 24-year-old's desire to head over to the UFC after winning the PXC crown: "God willing, I'll get the win in both, get the PXC title... and I'd like to go to the UFC"

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