ROAD FC 22 main card recap, official results and photos

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ROAD FC 22 Lightweight Champ Kwon A-Sol elbows Lee Kwang-Hee
ROAD FC 22 Lightweight Champ Kwon A-Sol elbows Lee Kwang-Hee

ROAD FC 22 took place on March 21, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Lightweight Champ Kwon A-Sol successfully defended his title with elbows to Lee Kwang-Hee that forced a doctor stoppage for the cut in the third round.

With the win, Kwon claimed two notable milestones in his career: he defended his belt for the first time, and defeated a man who has already beat him twice before.

The Championship bout was a barn burner. Kwon has become somewhat of a thinker in his recent performances and it garnered him much success. Lee came into the bout and still brought his amazing Crazy-ness with combinations that were relentless. It was a game plan that forced Kwon into action.

Kwon intelligently worked to counter against Lee’s swarming offense, but there were still terribly exciting moments when the two engaged and rocked each other. Takedowns and ground and pound were all but neglected for this third meeting between the two. Kwon’s brilliant elbow in the first set off the action and left blood streaming down Lee’s face. The doctor had to be called in to check multiple times, and afterwards Kwon resumed his targeting the gash.

The final result was the doctor’s decision. He halted the bout, but then the ROAD FC judges decided they should go ahead and score it anyway, which they did in favor of Kwon. It was an odd move by the historically bizarre judges that was later corrected by the promotion to be a TKO.

Riki Fukuda defeats Lee Dool-Hee

Riki Fukuda and Lee Dool-Hee engaged in their “do over” from a no contest to groin shots that left Lee reeling in pain, and with the nick name “The Country’s Testicles”. Lee knew that Fukuda would come inside, so he threw some low kicks that took Fukuda’s legs out from under him. Fukuda the Terminator kept right up with his game plan of get close, clinch, dirty boxing, to takedown.

Fukuda’s plan eventually worked. In the clinch, he made sure to throw very high and obviously painful knees. Finally he got a takedown that Lee had no more energy to defend, other than try to stay on his knees. Fukuda flattened him, and did his heavy-handed ground and pound until the ref stepped in with one minute left in the second round.

Jeon Uh-Jin defeats Park Jung-Kyo

Jeon and Park had respect for each other’s punching power, which made for a slow first round. In the second, Park landed a superman punch, and Jeon got fierce with his shoots.

With the first heavy shots landed, the two began to brawl, and Jeon started to find success with his game plan. Jeon swarmed and rocked Park, then worked for takedowns. Park popped back up from most of them – including some nice help from the ref when Jeon had Park’s arm trapped and was loping for a transition. Finally, Jeon dropped Park near the final gong which stamped his victory on the scorecards.

Cho Young-Seung defeats Tamura Issei

Tamura Issei and Cho Young-Seung put on a beautiful jiujitsu showdown. Tamura found great success with his powerful shoots, but equally exciting was Cho’s submission hunting from off his back.

Tamura was cruising to his first victory when a small mistake sent his plans awry. A failed single leg attempt put Cho’s back to the cage, from where he was able to scramble over Tamura’s shoulder to take his back. Once there, Cho worked for the RNC. After securing the body lock and switching grips a couple of times, he forced Tamura to tap.

During the entire match, the crowd was going absolutely nuts for the grappling transitions, proving that the Korean fans know and appreciate all areas of their MMA.

Lucas Tani defeats Shim Gun-Oh

Shim Gun-Oh came into his bout looking past his opponent Lucas Tani to bigger fish like Choi Mu-Bae. For a while, it looked like he was right to do so. The wrestler dealt with Tani’s Imanari-esque flops to guard by landing on top of him. From there, he punched away, visibly hurting Tani. But the black belt showed his grit and intelligence by weathering it until he could work his way to lock on an arm. He turned Shim over and the arm bar was so tight Shim had to signal very quickly or face even more dire consequences.

Kuwabara Kiyoshi defeats Kim Seok-Mo

Kim Seok-Mo on paper and in reality to have his win over Kuwabara Kiyoshi already slated when Kuwabara failed weight. But the bout didn’t go at all like anyone expected, and was over in stunning fashion. Kuwabara landed an overhand right that spin Kim’s chin and floored him in just 17 seconds.

ROAD FC 22
March 21, 2015
Jangchung Gymnasium
Seoul, South Korea

6th Lightweight Title Bout
Kwon A-Sol defeats Lee Kwang-Hee by TKO (Doctor Stoppage due to a cut) at 1:12 of 3R

5th Middleweight Bout
Fukuda Riki defeats Lee Dool-Hee by TKO (pounding) at 3:57 of 2R

4th Middleweight Bout
Jeon Uh-Jin defeats Park Jung-Kyo by Unanimous Decision

3rd Bantamweight Bout
Cho Young-Seung defeats Tamura Issei by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:57 of 2R

2nd Lightweight Bout
Lucas Tani defeats Sim Gun-Oh by Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:45 of 1R

1st -77kg Welterweight Bout
Kuwabara Kiyoshi defeats Kim Seok-Mo by TKO (Punch) at 00:17 of 1R

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Kwon A-Sol defeats Lee Kwang-Hee by TKO (Doctor Stoppage due to a cut) at 1:12 of 3R

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Fukuda Riki defeats Lee Dool-Hee by TKO (pounding) at 3:57 of 2R

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Jeon Uh-Jin defeats Park Jung-Kyo by Unanimous Decision

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Cho Young-Seung defeats Tamura Issei by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:57 of 2R

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Lucas Tani defeats Sim Gun-Oh by Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:45 of 1R

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Kuwabara Kiyoshi defeats Kim Seok-Mo by TKO (Punch) at 00:17 of 1R

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