Pacific Xtreme Combat 42 will take place on February 28, 2014 in the promotion’s home base of Guam. The Featherweight title will be on the line as Kim JangYong faces off against Toby Misech.
MMA-in-ASIA has learned from PXC directly that the promotion’s first outing in 2014 will be in February back on the island of Guam. As outlined by CEO Edward J. Calvo in our previous interview in November here, the company chose to take a couple of months off to plan for the following year’s expansion. Those plans include provincial shows in the Philippines, new markets, and Championship bouts.
The first of the titles on the line will be a Featherweight Championship defense by the new belt holder, Kim JangYong. “The Beast” Korean Top Team was on a tear through PXC rankers to get the title shot against fan favorite and heavily touted prospect Mark Streigl. Kim should have never been seen as the underdog for their title contention, and he ended up dealing out a shellacking the likes of which Streigl had never faced.
Calvo immediately had his mind set on who should be next in line. “Right now the top contender is out of Hilo, Hawaii, Toby Misech, a BJ Penn Academy fighter with a decent pro record,” Calvo shared. “With his two KOs at PXC, the last one being the Shooto Champ Yusuke Yachi, we just got blown away by him and we felt that rather than look at a featherweight rematch with Mark Striegl, we’re going to look at Toby fighting Kim for his belt early next year.”
Also forecast at that interview but now out of the mix is Harris Sarmiento, whom PXC stripped of his Lightweight title amid contract disputes. He was most likely going to face Japan’s powerhouse Keita Nakamura in his PXC debut, because the current lightweight field warranted it. Now that belt will be up for grabs and there are probably more than a few new fighters who will enter into the mix for it in the coming months.
February 28, 2014
Jang Yong Kim (KTT) versus Toby Misech (BJ Penn Academy)