Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

From ‘Satan’s Backyard’ to the XFC cage, ‘The Memnon Warrior‘ Emanuel Pugh is set to make his pro MMA debut against undefeated prospect Austin Bashi at XFC 44 on May 28th.

The 22 year-old Street Beefs sensation will making his way onto the pro circuit after being signed by former UFC Champion Anthony Pettis himself, in management. The rising star has been featured on ESPN SportsCenter multiple times for his mid-air kick against KG during his time competing on Street Beefs.

The viral and flashy move would reach 1.2 million views on the Street Beefs YouTube channel.

Pugh has been preparing for pro debut ever since the newfound stardom. ‘The Memnon Warrior’ would pack up his bags and move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to train at Roufus Sport, in hopes of taking his career to the next level. Anthony Pettis would be in his corner as not only his manager, but a mentor as well.

The street fighter looks to get his first win as a pro after experiencing a 6-3 stint as an amateur.

On the other side of the cage lies XFC home-grown talent, 19 year-old Austin Bashi.

‘Boomstick’ made his successful pro debut last November, where he defeated Enzo Perez via unanimous decision. Bashi would return last March, submitting Mason Iacobellis in his sequel apperance. Bashi looks to improve to 3-0 and extend his hype with a win over the viral Street Beefs star.

The classic striker vs grappler matchup will take place on the undercard of XFC 44 in Des Moines, Iowa. UFC veterans Andre Soukhamthath and José ‘El Teco’ Quiñónez in the main event, streaming live on FS2 and Fox Deportes on May 28th.

By Chris De Santiago

Chris De Santiago is a 20-year-old journalist out of Texas. He is the founder of MMA Island and also works for