KANG KYUNGHO IS UFC BOUND
Congratulations to the ROAD FC Bantamweight Champion, Kang KyungHo of Team MAD, who has just signed a contract to fight in the UFC. His first fight is likely to be in the FUEL TV event to be held in Macau, China on November 10th, against Alex Caceres. In his corner will be teammate Bae MyoungHo, no stranger to Macau as the Legend FC Welterweight Champion. Read more about Kang’s journey to the big leagues in our upcoming interview (when he finally stops training for the day).
ANOTHER TEAM MAD STANDOUT
Legend FC just announced no less than three title fights for its upcoming 10th card in Hong Kong on August 24th. The aforementioned Bae will make his second defense of the belt by taking on powerful striker Wang Sai. Featherweight champion Yusuke Kawanago will defend his belt for the first time against Rob Lisita. Previously planned match up between Kawanago and Fransino Tirta has been put on hold while the latter recovers from an illness earlier in the year, the promoter informs. An inaugural Middleweight championship between Yang HaeJun and Liu Wenbo will bloody up the nice white Legend ring. Also announced on the card is a bout between Australian Chris Lokteff and New Zealand’s Brandon Ropati.
MORE FROM DOWN UNDER
More news comes from Down Under as ONE FC has announced that two of the opponents for the three Gracies on the 5th card to be held in Manila on August 31st are Australian residents. Tony Bonello is signed to face Rolles Gracie in what could be an exciting heavyweight grappling contest. Nicholas Mann, an Aussie who trains with Filipino camp Yaw-Yan and will hope the crowd is on his side is set to take on Gregor Gracie. The third Gracie on the bill, Igor, will face South Korea’s Cha JungHwan, both of whom have had some heavy competitions under their belts. Also just announced is Eduard Folayang‘s opponent: Felipe Enomoto, making the triumvirate match ups between themselves and Ole Laursen complete.
KOREANS ARE EVERYWHERE
South Koreans aren’t only traveling to the Philippines to fight: this weekend sees what has been dubbed ‘South Korea versus Guam’ go down in PXC 32. Korean Top Team is sending Kim JangYong and Lim HyunGyu plus Koh Junghoon over. The event is set to feature two title defences: Lightweight champ Harris Sarmiento takes on Jon Tuck, and Flyweight champ Ale Cali protects the strap against Erwin Tagle.
A BUSY WEEKEND
Also this weekend is PRO Fighting 7 in Taiwan. This card puts a lot of the high-profile expats residing in Asia against some homegrown talent. The main events are JJ Ambrose versus Dong Sun Choi and Nick LeConte versus Brad Terrey. Also fighting are notables Will Chope and Kim SeokMo.
JMMA FOR THE WORLD
Also on the cards for this weekend are two events in Japan: Pancrase Progress Tour and Demolition Xigma. If you don’t want to go to Japan for your JMMA, then check out Hitomi Akano and Ayaka Hamasaki streamed live and free on the USA’s all-female promotion Invicta FC 2.