Pacific Xtreme Combat announced today that it has entered into a multi-fight deal with Shooto Pacific Rim Lightweight Champion Yusuke Yachi (9-3) from the acclaimed team Krazy Bee / Yamamoto Sports Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Yachi, now only 22 years of age, first made his name as a Shooto Rookie Champ in 2010. He then lost his following match by DQing himself against Kasuya Toida. He came back his next fight in the win column, and Shooto saw fit to start feeding him to the wolves, first as a sacrificial lamb to Hideki Kadowaki then to Guy Delarmeau, in back to back barnburners that saw him take both the distance but ended him on the wrong side of the judges’ decision. After that, Yachi went on a four fight tear and was offered a shot at the Pacific Rim Lightweight strap, winning against Wataru Miki, and then defended successfully against warhorse veteran Yuji Hoshino.
Yachi will make his debut at PXC on May 18th in Manila, Philippines in a 4-man Featherweight tournament against Mark Striegl (12-0). An interesting match up by the promotion, to say the least. Striegl has finished ten of his opponents by submission, only allowing two to go the distance. Yachi has all of his wins by going the distance and detailed planning against his opponents.
The world gets smaller from here. Yachi’s last opponent, Hoshino of Wajutsu Keishukai GODS, happens to be Striegl’s long time coach. There will definitely be a lot of emotions in this fight, inside and outside the cage.
In further ‘6 degrees of separation’, Yachi’s last loss was against another PXC fighter, Delarmeau. Delarmeau got the attention of PXC with his wins over Yachi and teammate Issei Tamura, who is incidentally in the UFC. Delarmeau’s last fight with Dustin Kimura got Dustin signed to the UFC. And of course there’s Yachi’s coach, none other than KID Norifumi Yamamoto, also of UFC. PXC’s claim of being a UFC feeder is proving itself repeatedly.
April 1, 2013 – Press Release
Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC), one of Asia’s premier MMA organizations, continues to showcase the best fighters in the Asia-Pacific region by signing a multi-fight deal with Japanese Shooto Champion, Yusuke Yachi. PXC to announce Yachi’s debut fight as part of a World Championship Featherweight Tournament on May 18th in Manila, Philippines.
Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC), one of Asia’s premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotions, recently expanded their roster by signing one of Japan’s rising stars of the sport, Yusuke Yachi, a young Shooto Champion training with the famed Krazy Bee dojo in Tokyo.
PXC has built a reputation as the most experienced promotion outside of Japan with 36 professional events and since expanding to the Philippines in 2011, PXC shows have garnered some of the highest ratings of any MMA show in the region. PXC has also built a reputation for showcasing future MMA stars on the way to The UFC, the world’s top MMA league. PXC CEO & Promoter, E.J. Calvo, stated, “We pride ourselves on recruiting young talent and giving them exposure with tough fights against some of the best fighters from California to China.” Calvo also stated, “We are happy to welcome Yusuke Yachi to our PXC roster of elite Featherweights. He is an exciting technical fighter on his feet as well as on the ground.”
Yusuke Yachi brings with him a record of 9 wins and only 3 losses, with one of the losses coming at the hands of another PXC veteran, Guy Delameau, in a 2011 Shooto bout. Yachi is on a 5-win streak, with significant victories against Shooto veterans Wataru Miki and Yuji Hoshino on his way to a Shooto championship at a young age of 22 years old.
Yusuke Yachi is slated to make his PXC debut as part of a World Featherweight 4-Man Tournament with a matchup against Mark Striegl, another rising star from Asia. Striegl is undefeated with 12 straight wins and is talked about as the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the Philippines today.
PXC-37 will take place on May 18, 2013 at The Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig-Manila, Philippines. The event will be broadcast nationwide on AKTV via IBC-13 to millions of viewers in the Philippines, and will streamed online via PXC’s Facebook page.
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