Former Valkyrie champion “V.V” Mei Yamaguchi will compete outside of Japan for the second time in her MMA career when she debuts for Pacific Xtreme Combat on October 25th. Yamaguchi has agreed to face “Little” Patricia Vidonic in a strawweight bout at PXC 40 in Mangilao, Guam.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the bout with PXC CEO E.J. Calvo on Saturday night following announcements from both fighters. Yamaguchi has alternated between victories and competitive defeats in each of her past six fights, while Vidonic has suffered setbacks in five of her past seven bouts.
Yamaguchi (11-5-1) became Valkyrie’s second featherweight champion at 114 pounds in February 2010 when she upset veteran pound-for-pound leader Yuka “Vale Tudo Queen” Tsuji in just 76 seconds. After Valkyrie folded later that year, Yamaguchi moved on to Pancrase and earned back-to-back victories for the promotion. She is 3-3 since then, with close decision losses to Deep Jewels champ Seo Hee Ham, unbeaten Invicta FC fighter Katja “Killer Bunny” Kankaanpää and legend Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii. Yamaguchi most recently earned her third win for Jewels at the promotion’s final event in May.
Vidonic (8-6-0) has also battled inconsistency in recent fights after getting off to a strong start early in her pro career. She rebounded from a decision loss in her pro debut by stringing together six straight wins that included three submission victories. Vidonic is 2-5 in her past seven fights, however, though her Split Decision loss to top-ranked strawweight Jessica “Jag” Aguilar in a March rematch for Bellator was highly controversial and Vidonic appeared to have won at least two rounds. She most recently suffered the first submission loss of her career at the hands of pro debutant Alida Gray in June.
With Yamaguchi hoping to earn a spot on the Invicta FC roster and Vidonic eager to climb back up towards the top ten at 115 pounds, both fighters will be looking to make a statement at the other’s expense when they face off next month.
Pacific Xtreme Combat 40 is set to take place on October 25th at the University of Guam Fieldhouse in Mangilao, Guam.
(Photo Credit: Jewels blog)