Darren Uyenoyama to face Kentaro Watanabe at PXC 47

PXC's Darren Uyenoyama
PXC’s Darren Uyenoyama

Respected flyweight Darren Uyenoyama will make his second PXC appearance against Kentaro Watanabe of Japan at PXC 47 in Guam.

 

The news was confirmed by Uyenoyama to MMA-in-Asia Monday night.

Uyenoyama first stepped inside the PXC cage last October of 2014 at PXC 45 against Saipan’s top prospect in Shane Alvarez.

The 35-year-old San Francisco, California native made quick work of Alvarez as he stopped him via TKO in the very first round, proving that he is a force to be reckoned with in the PXC’s 125 pound division. Uyenoyama is a world-class athlete with a well-rounded mixed martial arts game in his arsenal: he is a fighter who can trade punches with anyone as well as finish fighters off his back.

“BC” will be facing a fighter who is very explosive and heavy-handed in Watanabe. The Japanese fighter from Shooto is coming off a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of top Filipino flyweight fighter Geje Eustaquio in his recent and only outing with ONE FC last June of 2014. The Osaka native never really found his rhythm that night as he struggled to connect his strikes against the tricky Eustaquio.

Watanabe is one of those fighters who is gifted with explosiveness and speed. His footwork is terrific as well as his striking. It would be interesting to see how he matches up with Uyenoyama’s jiujitsu and ground game. Watanabe aims to get back into his winning ways on March at PXC 47 as he faces his stiffest opponent to date in Uyenoyama.

 

PXC 47 will also feature the first title defense of their Welterweight champion, Zebaztian Kadestam.

The Legacy Gym product earned himself notoriety in 2013 with a devastating body kick finish of Ross Ebanez. So when Lim Hyun-Gyu vacated the Welterweight title for his UFC debut, Kadestam got called up to face Josh Calvo in the main event of PXC 44. Five rounds of brutality later, the Swede had his hand raised and a belt wrapped around his waist. Kadestam’s challenger has not been announced as of the notice.

 

Also as previously announced on the card, Featherweight Champ Kim Jang-Yong will defend his title for the second time, likely against Yusuke Yachi.

Kim became the Champ when he stopped the then undefeated Filipino fighter Mark Striegl at PXC 39 via third round leg scissor choke. “The Beast” then took on Hawaii’s heavy-handed prospect, Toby Misech, and displayed his intimidating ground game by finishing him with a kimura.

Former Sooto Pacific Rim Champ Yachi is riding a three-fight winning streak including his unanimous decision wins over Kyle Aguon and Ryan Mulvihill.

 

PXC 47
March 13, 2015 (TBA)
Guam, USA

Featherweight Championship
Kim Jang-Yong vs Yusuke Yachi (Unofficial)

Welterweight Championship
Zebaztian Kadestam vs TBA

Flyweight
Darren Uyenoyama vs Kentaro Watanabe (Unofficial)