PACIFIC X-Treme Combat lightweight champion Harris Sarmiento will battle an undefeated fighter from a formidable Korean stable in a non-title fight for the main event in PXC 33 on September 1 after title challenger Jon Tuck withdrew due to an injury sustained in training.
Seung Hwa Han has agreed to fight Sarmiento on short notice although there will not be a title belt at stake. Instead, the Korean puts his undefeated record — 3-0 professionally and 6-0 as an amateur — on the line at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Hawaii-based Filipino-American Sarmiento has an MMA record of 34-23.
“This is unfortunate, as the match between Harris Sarmiento and Jon Tuck was extremely anticipated. Mixed Martial Arts is a volatile and rough sport where anything can and will happen. Harris will retain his belt and we will most likely set the Tuck-Sarmiento fight in the near future,” PXC CEO EJ Calvo said.
Han competes out of Jeonju First Gym and is coached by Korean Top Team, the same association that trains PXC welterweight champion Lim Hyun Gyu who was recently signed to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“In true warrior fashion, Harris Sarmiento accepted a fight against a very dangerous Korean opponent one week out. We have been interested in Han for a while, and happy he has been training hard and ready to take the challenge against one of the toughest lightweights in the world,” PXC Match-Maker Eli Monge said.
Also featured in the fight card is unbeaten Filipino-American Mark Streigl, who battles Guam’s Robert “The Real Deal” Wusstig in a featherweight match.
Anthony Leone of the US takes on Japan’s Masato Sannai in a bantamweight fight, the Philippines’ Richie Redman (2-2) battles unknown Korean Hong Seung Chan in a lightweight match, Troy Bantiag (2-0) of the Philippines faces Jon de los Reyes (6-1) of the US in a bantamweight fight, Eugene Toquero (2-0) and Leonard Caliwa (1-1) square off in an all-Filipino flyweight bout, Victor Torre (6-1) fights Jerome Wanawan (2-0) in an all-Filipino flyweight match, and Salvador Domasian (1-3) takes on Arex Montalban (1-0) in a welterweight fight.
The Ynares Sports Arena gates open at 5:30 p.m. The event will be aired over AKTV on IBC 13 at 9 p.m.