PFC 7, Rock “N” Rumble, will mark the return of the heavy-handed Tanner Fuji (1-1, Grudge)  to the PFC cage as well as the PFC debut of martial-artist Alan Lechuga (1-0, Muay Thai of Colorado/CBJJ).

Fuji made his fighting debut in February at Paramount Prize Fighting 2014, with a loss that he’s eager to avenge as he looks to get his second win this year. “A fight with me is a fight with both guys taking shots, both guys landing bombs. That’s what a fight is supposed to be,” Fuji said.

Fuji, who began his career in combat sports at age 9 in the world of Karate, impressed many fans in his PFC loss with his explosive hands. “My hands are always a big part of the fight because they set up many other things I can take advantage of,” Fuji said.

Those hands are something his opponent, Lechuga, is well aware of. “I know Tanner Fuji comes to fight and has the hands to back it up. It’s going to be fireworks and bombs exploding on the air,” Lechuga said.

While Fuji may be used to the lights of a PFC card this will be Lechuga’s first time fighting for the promotion but he’s no stranger to the fight game, having already won one bout. Even so, there is still the concern about the pressure of such a big night. But he has one big thing going for him; he’s not going into this alone. “I will admit that it’s a little nerve-wracking that I’m fighting on such a big card but more than anything I’m excited for the opportunity to fight in the same card as my teammate Jonathon Wyderko. It’s the exposure we need to show off the school we represent,” Lechuga said, referencing Muay Thai of Colorado and Colorado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Fuji, who comes out of Grudge Training Center, isn’t worried about nerves being a factor for either man. “[Lechuga] seems like a respectable guy that works and does his thing like me. I’m sure he’s a tough guy and it’ll be a great fight. Yes, I am young, but no…there are no nerves,” Fuji said.

For Lechuga, even getting this far is a bit of a surprise as in 2010, when he used Muay Thai to assist in the rehab of a reconstructed knee; questions loomed on a possible future within sport. “I knew since high school I wanted to fight MMA, but because of the surgery I didn’t think it was an option any longer,” Lechuga said. Soon Lechuga was entering tournaments and discovering a knee stronger than it had ever been.

Soon Lechuga was entering tournaments and discovering a knee stronger than it had ever been. “I am now competing in my second MMA fight and am very happy with the results of hard work up to this point,” Lechuga said. And all of that work is coming to a point on November 21 when Lechuga heads back into that cage. “Fans can expect me to come out and put it all on the line. I have no fear of losing. My job is to go out there and perform. The rest will land where it’s supposed to,” Lechuga said.

As for predictions, both men looked to musical quotes for their inspiration.

“I’m going to quote Jay-Z actually,” Fuji said. “I thank God for grantin’ me this moment of clarity, this moment of honesty. The world’ll feel my truths.”

Beyond Jay Z’s lyrics though, Fuji had his own words, “What’s going to happen is two tough guys are going to meet in the middle of that cage and they’re going to huck some leather and it’s going to be a good time.”

As for Lechuga he looked to a lyric from the group performing on the same night he fights — “November 21st, don’t blink, cause here comes the boom!”

Can Fuji and his heavy hands grab the first taste of PFC victory or will the martial artist Lechuga make a successful debut for the promotion? The only way to find out is to be there to see this as well as the rest of the stacked R“N”R card and a P.O.D. concert at the National Western Complex on November 21.

 

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