After being called out, Darren “BC” Uyenoyama relishes a fight with Filipino flyweight Ernesto Montilla Jr. in his next PXC appearance. The UFC vet won’t back down from any challenge in any Asian promotion.
The rivalry began when Montilla Jr.’s coach mentioned Uyenoyama in one of his Instagram posts saying it would be good for the UFC and Strikeforce vet to call out Montilla Jr.
Uyenoyama then answered back saying that he tried calling out the entire 125 pound division, but no one’s accepting the challenge except for Saipan’s rising prospect Shane Alvarez, whom “BC” defeated via first round TKO last October 24, 2014 on his PXC debut. Uyenoyama confirmed,
“The Shane Alvarez fight went as planned. I had the best camp of my life for that fight preparing side by side with Chris Cariaso. In regards to Montilla, I will definitely fight him. His coach was making back-handed comments on Instagram and now he’s back pedaling.”
UFC veteran Uyenoyama is a world-class fighter with a high-level of grappling I.Q. He is known for his slick submission skills and explosiveness. He aims to be a top contender no matter where he’s fighting, as he explains,
“Even though I’m not in the UFC, I know I am still able to compete at that level.”
Uyenoyama only fought once in 2014 and that was when he made a successful debut in the Guam-based PXC in October. However, Uyenoyama did want to see more time in the cage, he shares,
“I’m trying to be as active as possible. PXC has been slow getting me match ups so I’d love to fight anywhere else in Asia.”
That might include a trip back to his old stomping grounds of Japan. Uyenoyama says he still has an opening there,
“Shooto still owes me a title match, since 2010. I’d love to fight for the Shooto 60kg belt. If PXC offers me a title fight at 125 that would be good too. I’m trying to not get too fixated on certain things that I don’t have hundred percent control over. A lot of these young guys are trying to make it to the UFC without taking any risks like fighting me.”
Uyenoyama won’t limit himself. He’s eager to fight, and that means anywhere. He also confessed,
“I’d like to fight in One FC if possible.”
At 35 years old, Uyenoyama has no plans on slowing down because he knows time is ticking on his career. Still, he is from the school of thought that believes a fighter takes on all challenges. Uyenoyama is outspoken on this from experience, and he shares,
“One thing I’d like to point out is the growing involvement of promotions getting a lot of influence from Singapore and the Philippines are trying to protect their fighters. I understand they’re trying to build them, but if ‘you’re only as good your competition’, then how can they be good or get better only fighting inexperienced local fighters?”