With the ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament quarterfinals done and dusted, the final four now have a tough task ahead as they edge closer to a shot at lightweight kingpin Kwon A-Sol.
ROAD FC has released the match-ups for the remaining four in the global search for a challenger for a lightweight challenger and a shot at the $1 million purse that goes with it. ROAD FC breaks down the final four.
Ronys Torres vs. Shamil Zavurov
At ROAD FC 44 Brazil’s number one-ranked Ronys Torres wasted no time taking phenom striker Tom Santos into his forte of the grappling realm. He locked on an armbar and ended the fight in the first round.
Former M-1 Champ Shamil Zavurov showed off his superman shoots against MGL-1 Champ Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu. After three rounds, Zavurov’s dominating grinding style earned the decision victory.
Following the original brackets as designated from the blind draw after the opening round, Ronys Torres and Shamil Zavurov will meet each other in the semifinals.
Torres’ jiujitsu and Zavurov’s wrestling are examples of the best grappling in the global lightweight division. This match will be an incredible display of top talent.
Mansour Barnaoui vs Shimoishi Kota
Former M-1 and BAMMA Champ Mansour Barnaoui dealt with Mongolian National Boxing Champ Nandin-Erdene’s power punches by using the clinch, then putting the fight on the ground where he got a choke from behind in just two minutes.
Japan Trials winner Shimoishi Kota spoiled China Trials winner Baoyincang’s homecoming with superior wrestling and control on the ground. Bao had no defense and tapped out to an armbar in the second round.
The second of the two semifinals matches will be Mansour Barnaoui versus Shimoishi Kota.
Barnaoui has proven that he is world-class in both his striking and ground skills, while Shimoishi has shown he can throw bombs and smother his opponents on the ground. Young phenom versus wizened grinder sets an exciting atmosphere for this unpredictable match.
A date for the semifinals has not yet been released.