Striegl, who is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the Philippines, is coming off a first-round submission win over PXC lightweight champion Harris Sarmiento, whom he finished with a Scarf Hold Armlock at PXC 34 in November 2012.
The 5-foot-8 Filipino was initially penciled to face Yusuke Yachi in the semi-finals of the featherweight tournament last May, but he was pulled off the bout with the Shooto veteran due to a shoulder injury.
Coming from a wrestling background, ten of his 12 victories in his professional career have been won by submission.
On the other hand, Kim brought back his winning groove at PXC 37 as he submitted Nate Thorell with a Kimura lock in the first round to secure a featherweight title shot.
Furthermore, the 29-year-old Korean is a PXC mainstay and has six fights under the Guam-based MMA promotion.
In addition, Kim is distinguished for his victories over Sarmiento, Fasi Jesse and Ronnie Borja inside the PXC cage.
The featherweight belt that is at stake in the Striegl-Kim duel was previously held by Joe Taimanglo, who left PXC to join Bellator MMA.
Despite being undefeated in the sport, Striegl said that he is expecting a tough battle versus Kim, who owns four stoppages (two knockouts and two submissions) out of his six wins.
“I’ve watched some footage of Kim and I think he’s a very dangerous opponent. He has KO power in both hands and great wrestling and grappling as well. I expect a war with him,” he told MMA Mania.
PXC is known for sending fighters in the UFC. Striegl acknowledged that he would be following the footsteps of Jon Tuck, Dustin Kimura and Hyun Gyu Lim, but he stressed that he is not in a hurry to step inside the Octagon.
“My goal is definitely to be in the UFC, but I don’t have a specific timescale in mind. Right now, I’m focused on my upcoming bout in PXC,” he ended.
As of press time, the venue for PXC 39 in Manila has not been announced yet.