It's PXC Champion vs. Road FC Champion at UFC: Japan. In a bout that could very well have been a headlining super fight in Asia had they continued crushing the competition outside of the UFC, MMA-in-Asia reports that two of the region's standouts in Michinori Tanaka and Kyung Ho Kang are set to go at it this September.
Although it's a bit surprising they would match them up and eliminate one of their rising stars from Asia, this really is an excellent match up between two of the top prospects from the region, and it would be interesting to see how they would play into each others strengths.
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Tanaka went from Shooto Rookie Champion in 2011 to a PXC champion in 2013, prior to signing with the UFC. The young Japanese prospect, who has worked with Urijah Faber and the crew at Team Alpha Male, has shown huge improvements to his game as of late. He won his debut last June and improved his unblemished record to 10-0, with wins over Roland Delorme and Russell Doane.
Kang on the other hand, is a stablemate of Dong Hyun Kim, who dominated the field in Korea at bantamweight, winning the Road FC tournament and the promotion's title in the process. The 26-year-old fighter known as 'Mr. Perfect' won his last outing in the UFC with a dominant performance against Japanese grappler Shunichi Shimizu.
UFC: Japan happens on September 20, 2014, and will be headlined by a heavyweight slugfest between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson. The card will also feature Hyun Gyu Lim's return, along with JMMA staples such as Takanori Gomi, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Kyoji Horiguchi, Rin Nakai, and Maximo Blanco.