ROAD FC 20 took place on December 14, 2014 in Seoul South Korea. The preliminary card, called Young Guns 19, was headlined by a blistering striking war between Mikihito Yamagami and Yu Jae-Nam.
Young Guns is the traditional step up from amateur fights for most of the ROAD FC Into League and Central League fighters, as well as some overseas players looking to star a run in the promotion.
The headlining bout was between Shooto Champion Yamagami and Yu, who has been seen in a suit working at the ROAD FC events recently while he healed up a broken jaw sustained in training. Looking at these two on paper, it’s easy to scoff at the mismatch, and that would be a mistake. While Yamagami was 7-3 and Yu was 1-4 going into this match, Yamagami’s last fight saw him look overfaced and his ground game exposed against current ROAD FC Flyweight Champion Jo Nam-Jin, while Yu went over to Tribe Tokyo Fight and took Yasuhiro Urushitani all the way to a decision, which he lost, but only just.
Unlike Yamagami’s first ROAD FC opponent, this time he got his kind of game, a striking one. Yu’s forte is his kicking, and he dialed up the aggression in his punches as well. Both men came out looking to cave the other’s skull in which resulted in multiple knock downs of both fighters throughout the first.
Yamgami’s boxing was crisp and beautiful, Yu’s striking was aggressive and powerful. Yu set up combinations that sent Yamagami backing and scrambling, and his long punches got through Yamagami’s guard. Yamagami did his best work countering and following up with precision strikes. But even though the fight was amazingly close, Yu edged his way past his Japanese foe with takedowns and aggression to get the decision win.
Kim Ji-Hyeong, Kim Min-Woo’s brother, finally made it to his pro debut after 4 wins amateur, a broken elbow and several other cancelled bouts. He did so against BJJ purple belt Cho Young-Seung. Kim proved his was no joke as he had Cho hurt and backpedaling in the first round. Kim has a Greco Roman background, but when he tried to implement the game, Cho once grabbed the fence, apologized, but was still able to negate the throws after the fact.
In the second round, Cho went on the offensive on his feet, electing to prove his striking pedigree was as good as his ground game. It worked as he felled Kim with a right hook and pounced on him for the follow up hammerfists which got the ref’s stoppage.
Choi Doo-Ho’s training partner Kim Yi-Sak faced Park Choon-Il, a very popular fighter who fled North Korea after being tortured. Kim was all about the strikes, using punches to stagger Park and knees to rough him up. Park tried for a single leg that proved his undoing as Kim was able to get to mount and rain down the punches to get the TKO.
Up and comer Jeong Jun-Hoe faced Team MAD stalwart Jung Jin-Suk in the middle of the card. Jeong tried for takedowns and kicks through the first, and Jung cracked him with punches for it. Into the second, the tide turned as Jeong started to capitalize on his jiujitsu when Jung refused to play outside the guard. His aggressiveness both of his back and standing earned him the Unanimous Decision.
Korean martial art Chang Moo Kwan practitioner Choi Mu-Song faced Kim Dae-Myung, the winner of “Crying Fist” Season 2 in what turned out to be a very good match up. Choi’s kicks were fun to watch, and both fighters traded striking and throw attempts. Choi turned on the heat in the second round, and made Kim eat knees and counter punching all the way to a Unanimous Decision.
Mongolian transplant Munguntsooj Nandinerdene came back extremely healthy with an improved game against Ahn Jun-Yeong. Nandinerdene’s knees in the clinch dropped Ahn and that was the end of the fight.
BJJ proponent Lee Sang-Hyun and Central League Champ Ki Won-Bin started off the entire night with a walloping first round both standing and grappling. Surprisingly, both made it out alive and into the second to put on more of the same. Ki went for a takedwon but Lee landed on top, a position he held onto to eventually pound out Ki and warrant the ref stepping in with out 45 seconds left to go.
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 – Lee Sang-Hyun def Ki Won-Bin
#2 – Nandinerdene def Ahn Jun-Young
#3 – Choi Mu-Song def Kim Dae-Myung
#4 – Jeong Jun-Hoe def Jung Jin-Seok
#5 – Kim Yi-Sak def Park Choon-Il
#6 – Cho Young-Seung def Kim Ji-Hyung
#7 – Yu Jae-Nam def Mikihito Yamagami