ROAD FC 20 took place in Seoul, South Korea on December 14, 2014. Lee Yoon-Jun, Korea’s current top prospect, proved his worth by claiming Lee Kil-Woo’s Bantamweight belt with a first round TKO.
There was a lot at stake for the Champion as he came back from multiple surgeries to defend his belt. Kil-Woo came to the cage confident he was stronger than when he won the belt. He wasn’t intimidated by Yoon-Jun’s recent accomplishments over some impressive competition, but he wasn’t going to brawl with him either.
Kil-Woo used his powerful boxing to approach Yoon-Jun, who was put on the defense by some hard shots. Yoon-Jun went back to his bread and butter high kicks by staying on the outside and landing them, while looking for timing to shoot. The kicks worked. One right high kick opened up Kil-Woo’s scalp, and must have been potent, because another sent him to the canvas where Yoon-Jun pounced on him.
At the 3:40 mark the ref waived off the fight and Yoon-Jun became the new ROAD FC Bantamewight Champion.
“Sarami” Takano was invited over to be media darling Song Ga-Yeon’s second MMA opponent. Although much shorter, Sarami’s experience and aggression showed right off the bat. She stood toe to toe with Song and ate some massive punches, while throwing her own. The game was to get inside, clinch, and put Song into deep waters on the ground where she likely didn’t posses the skills that Sarami does.
It worked. Sarami muscled her way through a cling, got a trip, and from there proceeded to work on Song’s arm for a lock that the Korean tapped to at 4:15 of the first round. Song was game in her defense, but clearly needs to work on her grappling if she’s going to earn the label of prospect.
Moon Je-Hoon showed off the power and beauty of taekwondo with a plethora of switch kicks. Kim Min-Woo was happy to engage him on the feet, but as the rounds wore on, he couldn’t match the volume Moon was throwing at him. Kim landed his punches, and when the two engaged inside the clinch, knees were thrown as well as body shots by both fighters. It went to the judges, and two out of three had Moon edging out Kim on the scorecards.
Han Yi-Moon came into his match against prospect Park Hyung-Guen with a plenty of two points taken per round for missing weight. Park looked as if he wanted to punish him for it with a quick takedown and then a body kick that visibly hurt Han. Han recovered, and when it went to the ground, he slapped on a triangle. Park aggressively pushed his way out of it.
In the second round, Han really ramped up his kicks. It only egged on Park who got inside and they exchanged violent punches. Park found himself the lucky one in the trade off as a left counter dropped Han to the floor.
Kyler Kim Dae-Hwan finally got out from behind the commentator’s table and in front of an opponent, BJJ brown belt and Muay Thai fighter Douglas Kobayashi. Kim proved that mental game is as important as experience as he patiently walking down Kobayashi and dropped him with an overhand right in just under two minutes. Kim was incredibly humble, with no hint of celebrating the fortune. He had his hand raised, then went almost right back to commentating the rest of the event.
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ROAD FC 20
December 14, 2014
Seoul Olympic Hall
Seoul, South Korea
1. KIM DAE-HWAN DEF DOUGLAS KOBAYASHI, 1R 1:58 KO
2. PARK HYUNG-GEUN DEF HAN YI-MOON, 2R :45 KO
3. MOON JAE-HOON DEF KIM MIN-WOO, 2:0 MAJORITY DECISION
4. SATOMI TAKANO DEF SONG GA-YEON, 1R 4:29 KIMURA SUBMISSION
5. LEE YOON-JUN DEF LEE KIL-WOO, 1R 3:40 TKO
YOUNG GUNS 019
1. LEE SANG-HYUN DEF KI WON-BIN, 2R. 4:14 TKO
2. NANDIN ERDENE DEF AHN JUN-YOUNG, 1R 3:01 TKO
3. CHOI MU-SONG DEF KIM DAE-MYUNG, 2R 3:0 UNANIMOUS DECISION
4.JEONG JUN-HOE DEF JUNG JIN-SEOK, 2R 3:0 UNANIMOUS DECISION
5.KIM YI-SAK DEF PARK CHOON-IL, 1R 3:31 TKO
6. CHO YOUNG-SEUNG DEF KIM JI-HYUNG, 1R 1:41 KO
7.YU JAE-NAM DEF MIKIHITO YAMAGAMI, 2R 3:0 UNANIMOUS DECISION
#1 – Kyler Kim def Douglas Kobayashi
#2 – Park Hyung-Guen def Han Yi-Moon
#3 – Moon Jae-Hoon def Kim Min-Woo
#4 – Takomi Sakano def Song Ga-Yeon
#5 – Lee Yoon-Jun def Lee Kil-Woo