Former PXC Bantamweight Champion Michinori Tanaka debuts against UFC vet Roland Delorme at UFC 174

A second Bantamweight match-up has now been penciled in for the UFC’s return trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Former Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) star Michinori Tanaka makes his long awaited debut against TUF alumni and UFC veteran Roland Delorme.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the news with Fight Sport Asia early Thursday morning.

Michinori Tanaka (9-0), a native of Japan is highly touted as being one of Asia’s most promising prospects. Having began his journey in Mixed Martial Arts back in 2010. The 23-year-old gained recognition after winning the 2011 Shooto – Rookie Tournament. As well as winning the Tournament, Tanaka was also awarded the MVP.

The young prodigy soon went on to compete under the respected PXC banner, eventually claiming the Bantamweight title by defeating Crisanto Pitpitunge. Tanaka successfully defended his belt late last year against Kyle Aguon, bringing his record to 3-0 for 2013.

Now, the Ground Slam product crosses the pond for the first time in his professional career, where he will make his promotional debut against Canada’s very own Roland Delorme.

Roland Delorme (9-2) made his way into the sport back in 2008 competing under some of Canada’s smaller shows, before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season fourteen. Delorme, 30, made it past the first stage of getting into the house, but then fell short to eventual finalist T.J. Dillashaw in his second outing.

Delorme got his chance at the big show in the season finale, where he submitted (Rear-Naked Choke) Josh Ferguson. And since that win, the Canadian who’s known for his grappling chops has gone 3-1-1 thus far under the bright lights of the UFC.

The 30-year-old aims to rebound from his last outing, after losing to Alex Caceres via Split Decision. With the UFC returning to Canada, Delorme now focuses on redemption, as he welcomes Japan’s Michinori Tanaka.

Ultimate Fighting Championship, 6/14/14
“UFC 174″
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bantamweight Bout
Yves Jabouin vs. Mike Easton

Welterweight Bout
Daniel Sarafian vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

Bantamweight Bout
Michinori Tanaka vs. Roland Delorme

Photo credit: PXC
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