REAL FC announces co-promotion with ZONE kickboxing, comments on rumors of troubles

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REAL FC will be holding a press conference next week to announce its second event in Japan which will be in collaboration with kickboxing promotion ZONE.

 

REAL FC is a China-based promoter heavy on the jiujitsu end of the spectrum. After three events in China, including one paired with the Beijing ADCC Worlds of 2014, they held their first event in Tokyo, Japan at the years’ end. Kron Gracie made his successful MMA debut by choking out Kim Hyung-Su. The card also featured Chinese and Kazakh fighters making their debut in the country against notable opponents.

REAL FC’s press conference will take place on March 10, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The promoters for REAL FC and ZONE will be on hand to discuss the collaboration.

Three Muay Thai fighters have been announced to attend the press conference as well: Brazilian welterweight Jos Mendonca of Ingram Gym, multiple promotion featherweight champion Yosuke Morii, and Arashi Fujiwara who has held titles in WBC and WPMF and was a national champion. REAL FC Welterweight Champion Marcous Souza should also be present.

REAL FC 2: ZONE x REAL is expected to be held in May, but an exact date has not been publicly announced yet. The format is expected to be a mix of a ring for the kickboxing and a cage for the MMA, and the promoters should outline this better during the conference.

 

Meanwhile, the the rumor mill has been buzzing in the Japanese MMA community regarding finance troubles and the company’s online presence being eliminated. A tweet by Sportsnavi blogger Solitario stated that he was in possession of a letter indicating the REAL FC ownership company Fighting Globe owed 30 million yen and could no longer operate. Further details of the letter have been investigated by Asia MMA.

 

REAL FC responded to Asia MMA on both issues. A company representative stated that social media accounts and the website are down because the company is currently in the process of re-branding; the company Fighting Globe is not in financial straits, exhibited by their current sponsorship of this coming weekend’s China National Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship held under the UAEJJF; and, the press conference to announce their next event in Japan.