ROAD FC – Korea 2 sees the hometown team go 3-0 against PANCRASE

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In a smaller event that flew under the radar of most international media, ROAD FC fighters took on three Pancrase fighters in ROAD FC – Korea 2 on March 9, 2014. The Korean prospects bettered their Japanese counterparts in all three matches.

Dubbed “Nations Fight – Korea versus Japan”, ROAD FC in essence fulfilled its promise to work with Pancrase on friendly fighter sharing. The picks weren’t the most notable, but they were reasonably matched and the competition was actually quite violent. The audience respectfully welcomed the foreigners as the Pancrase bigwigs sat front and center in their stylish Pancrase suits.

Lee Yoon-Jun held up the main event against a strong rival, Kosuke Terashima, well-known as Coro to JMMA fans. Lee delivered another stellar performance against his third straight Japanese opponent. He outstruck Coro, outwrestled him against the cage and nailed takedowns with control like a boss. Coro wasn’t a pushover though. He rocked and almost dropped Lee twice but the cage-savvy Korean got the heck out of the way of the finishing onslaught. Coro gave a heart roared in the final moments to make it an all-out slugfest, which was fun, but not enough to sway even one judge his way.

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Lee Hyung-Suk stepped up to face Ben Buchan in the second of the three ROAD FC versus PANCRASE fights. Buchan was able to take control of the fight and bring it to the ground where he wanted very early in the first round. However he wasn’t able to do much from inside the guard of Lee. Lee learned all he needed to learn and in the second he wobbled Buchan with punches, then nailed a takedown which he was able to maintain by switching up positions and pounding. Buchan threatened off his back, but Lee got the superior back mount and a tap for his efforts.

Han Yi-Moon made his jump to the main card against fellow young prospect Ryo Takagi. It was a rough and tumble affair with Han trying everything within his means to make it a street fight. Takagi’s kicks were blistering, and his punches were no laughing matter, but Han showed his guts and walked through everything. Eventually, Han was able to force Takagi down and control his back. Takagi fought it until nearly the third round bell, but Han was determined to get a finish and Ryo was forced to tap with just 20 seconds on the clock.

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In the women’s bout, Takayo Hashi brought a lot of experience against her boxing foe Kim Ji-Yeon, but Kim’s reach and surprising takedown defense made it difficult for her to capitalize. The pressure each put on the other meant a great deal of grinding against the cage, rather atypical of women’s bouts. In effect one’s strength cancelled the other’s out, and the judges awarded a Draw.

Kim Min-Woo and Song Chang-Hyun got advanced to the main card through the loss of Choi versus Heo and they took advantage of the chance to shine. Song had it in him to stand toe to toe but it was clear he had nothing to trade with Kim. Kim blistered his legs with kicks and spanked his face with fists. But ultimately it was a takedown and control that allowed Kim to take the back and sink in a quick choke for the win.

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ROAD FC – Korea 2
March 9, 2014
Grand Hilton Convention Center
Seoul, South Korea

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Main Event Bantamweight Match
Lee Yun-Jun defeated Kosuke Terashima by Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Match
Lee Hyung-Seok defeated Ben Buchan by RNC in the 2nd Round at 4:27

Bantamweight Match
Han Yi-Moon defeated Ryo Takagi by RNC in the 3rd Round at 4:41

Catchweight
Kim Ji-Yeon vs Takayo Hashi Draw

Featherweight
Kim Min-Woo defeated Song Chang-Hyun by RNC in the 2nd Round at 1:35

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Lightweight
Moon Ki-Bum defeated Kim Hyung-Ryul by TKO from Pounding in the 1st Round at 4:30

Catchweight 76kg
Jung Je-Il defeated Oh Jae-Sung by Unanimous Decision

Flyweight
Kwak Jong-Hyun defeated Kim Woo-Jae by Unanimous Decision

Flyweight
Kim Seok-Yong defeated Kim Jin-Min by RNC in the 1st round at 4:51

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Press release:

ROAD Fighting Championship Announces the Official Fight Results for ROAD FC – KOREA 002 from 9 March, 2014. Also announced is ROAD FC – KOREA 003 for 6 April to be headlined by Kwon A-Sol versus Giovanni Diniz.

10 March, 2014 – ROAD FC – KOREA 002 “KOREA VS JAPAN” took place in Seoul, South Korea on 9 March, 2014 in front of a sold-out crowd of at the Grand Hilton Convention Centre. In the first themed “Nations Fight” event, ROAD FC was honored to host three PANCRASE fighters for the Main Event.

Japan’s most historic PANCRASE MMA was invited to feature in the first of ROAD FC’s “Nations Fight” themes on the KOREA League. PANCRASE was represented by three fighters who faced three ROAD FC opponents, and each of them showed toughness and honor. ROAD FC is very proud to have the participation of PANCRASE in this event.

Jung Moon-Hong, ROAD FC CEO, stated, “This is the first time we held a “Nations Fight”. Pancrase has a very long history so I am very proud this organization can be a part of this event.”

Kosuke Terashima and Lee Yoon-Jun were the Main Event and they went a full three rounds of non-stop action. Terashima showed true heart and ferocity with a late revival, however Lee’s trademark kicks and a better grappling game won him the judges’ decision. Ben Buchan faced Lee Hyung-Seok and it looked to be a ground game brought on by Buchan’s takedown and control. Lee did very well to adapt in the second round, where he struck Buchan hard and then took him to the canvas where he finished by way of Rear Naked Choke. Ryo Takagi and Han Yi-Moon showed the excitement that the young players in ROAD FC and PANCRASE can deliver. They engaged in a striking battle, but ultimately it was Han’s dominance on the ground which gave him the opportunity to take Takagi’s back for a Submission by choke.

In the women’s bout featuring Kim Ji-Yeon and Takayo Hashi, both women were willing to engage fiercely. Kim showed off her boxing and opened up a cut on Hashi early. Hashi was successful with her ground attacks, although Kim made it difficult for her to bring it there. The judges could not determine a victor and awarded the bout a Draw. In the opening fight, Kim Min-Woo defeated Song Chang-Hyun by decision after a blistering fight that Kim controlled both on the feet and on the mat.

In Young Guns 12, the four matches showcased up and comers from the ROAD FC Amateur Leagues, many who were getting the first taste of action on a professional card. Moon Ki-Bum put in an impressive performance by finishing Kim Hyung-Ryul off with punches on the ground. Jung Je-Il showed great striking combinations and Oh Jae-Sung showed great heart in not being knocked down by them in their two-round match that was awarded to Jung. Kwak Jong-Hyun was impressive with takedowns and control, and while Kim Woo-Jae was very strong at defending, the decision was justly awarded to Kwak. Kim Seok-Yong made his pro debut a huge win over Kim Jin-Min with a finishing back choke.

ROAD FC – KOREA 003 “Korea versus Brazil”

The next event will be ROAD FC – KOREA 003 on 6 April, 2014 at the Grand Hilton Convention Centre in Seoul. Headlining the event will be top Korean striker Kwon A-Sol against WOCS Lightweight Champion Giovanni Diniz.

Showcasing the very best of MMA sport and entertainment – ROAD Fighting Championship!

ROAD FC – Korea 2
March 9, 2014
Grand Hilton Convention Center
Seoul, South Korea

Main Event Bantamweight Match
Lee Yun-Jun defeated Kosuke Terashima by Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Match
Lee Hyung-Seok defeated Ben Buchan by RNC in the 2nd Round at 4:27

Bantamweight Match
Han Yi-Moon defeated Ryo Takagi by RNC in the 3nd Round at 4:41

Catchweight
Kim JI-Yeon vs Takayo Hashi Draw

Featherweight
Kim Min-Woo defeated Song Chang-Hyun by RNC in the 2nd Round at 1:35

YOUNG GUNS 012

Lightweight
Moon Ki-Bum defeated Kim Hyung-Ryul by TKO from Pounding in the 1st Round at 4:30

Catchweight 76kg
Jung Je-Il defeated Oh Jae-Sung by Unanimous Decision

Flyweight
Kwak Jong-Hyun defeated Kim Woo-Jae by Unanimous Decision

Flyweight
Kim Seok-Yong defeated Kim Jin-Min by RNC in the 1st round at 4:51

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