ROAD FC 14 adds hometown hero Kim Soo-Chul vs Motonobu Tezuka, LHW smasher Kim Nae-Chul vs Ryuta Noji

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ROAD Fighting Championship adds two more MMA matches to the ROAD FC 14 card on February 9, 2014 in Seoul, Korea. Former ONE FC Champ Kim Soo-Chul comes back home to face UFC vet Motonobu Tezuka, and rising striker Kim Nae-Chul takes on Gladiator Champ Ryuta Noji.

Star power shines on ROAD FC 14, with two more high-profile matches added to the card. This comes following announcements on the Inaugural Featherweight Championship between Kwon Bae-Yong and Choi Mu-Gyeom, then Kume’s return agains BTT Coach Simoes, and Shooto Champ Yamagami versus prodigy Jo Nam-Jin. Now, Korea’s golden boy of 2013 Kim Soo-Chul returns to his homeland to take on former UFC fighter Motonobu Tezuka, and stand out strikers Kim Nae-Chul and Noji Ryuta return in a rare light heavyweight match.

Kim Soo-Chul and Motonobu Tezuka couldn’t be farther apart on the MMA spectrum in style and popularity. Kim gained widespread acclaim for his tenacity and fierceness when – as the distinct underdog – he surmounted two tough foes in ONE FC to grab the inaugural Bantamweight Title. A shoulder injury set him back for some time, then his return to action saw him having to fight arguably Asia’s number one ranked bantamweight in order to hold on to his gold. Bibiano Fernandes, interim title holder, took Kim the full five rounds but couldn’t finish him. Kim tried different tactics repeatedly against the more experienced champ, and while he wasn’t able to find one that fit, he did have his moments and earned a ton of fans in the process.

Motonobu Tezuka was ranked number one in Pancrase when he got the late notice call to fill in on UFC Japan for Kang Kyung-Ho, who happened to be ROAD FC’s original Bantamweight Champ. Many assumed Tezuka’s wrestling, top game, and pure strength would make him ideal for the world’s cage. However, pitted against two style-crushing opponents, he was revealed as a bit too one-dimensional with shoots that could be countered, and a top game that could put him in bad position against superior jiujitsu. Released from UFC, he racked up a win in Pancrase to prove he was still dominant in Japan, but then Yuta Nezu exploited all his weaknesses at VTJ.

Both Kim and Tezuka desperately need this win – Kim to prove he has developed the ability to form and implement a game plan, and Tezuka to either go back to his finishing ways or show he’s evolved his skill set.

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Kim Nae-Chul and Noji Ryuta are two representatives from the rarely-seen light heavyweight division. They are both dyed-in-the-wool strikers, with Kim coming from an IKF background and Noji from Kyokushin. Kim’s short career sees him with a record tipped on the loss side, but paper belies his ability. in His last outing at DEEP Cage Impact, he took everything Shunsuke Inoue could throw at him – literally – except for his judo. Kim’s chin of stone and adrenaline kept him in the fight to the closing bell.

Ryuta Noji just sealed the deal on the belt at Gladiators, under the CMA promotion where he’s held sway for many years. In fact the only loss to disrupt what could have been a six-year win streak were icon Yoshiyuki Nakanishi and behemoth Levan Razmadze. Noji earned respect from the Korean crowd when he demolished Kim Ji-Hoon’s attempt at a come back. Noji’s kicks can’t be underestimated either.

This will be like watching a car crash. Repeatedly. Expect Kim to try to stand and bang, while Noji walks right into it. Kim does have an uphill battle against his more experienced opponent, and he’ll need to prove he can do more in the clinch and match kick for kick to prove he’s the prodigy Korea wants him to be.

Also on the card will be a very famous comedian, Yoon Hyung-Bin, making his debut against an equally green Takaya Tsukuda. This match has the whole country tuned into ROAD FC. So far, the rest is a very strong main card for ROAD FC’s first “big” outing of 2014. At the smaller yet still stellar ROAD FC – Korea league event in January, Riki Fukuda made a triumphant debut with the promotion.

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ROAD FC 014
9 February, 2014
Seoul Olympic Hall
Seoul, South Korea

Featherweight Tournament Final Match
Kwon Bae-Yong versus Choi Mu-Gyeom

Lightweight Superfight
Kume Takasuke versus Eduardo Simoes

Flyweight Match
Jo Nam-Jin versus Yamagami Mikihito

Bantamweight Match
Kim Soo-Chul versus Tezuka Motonobu

Light Heavyweight Match
Kim Nae-Chul versus Noji Ryuta

Tickets are available at: http://ticket.interpark.com/Ticket/Goods/GoodsInfo.asp?GoodsCode=13013789
Live broadcast on SuperAction in South Korea
Live internet stream of Main Card available for $9.99 beginning at 20:00 (KST/JST): http://www.ustream.tv/roadfc

Press release:

ROAD Fighting Championship Announces two Main Card bouts for ROAD FC 014 in Seoul, South Korea on February 9, 2014:

Former ONE FC Bantamweight Kim Soo-Chul faces former UFC contender Tezuka Motonobu

Plus Champion Kickboxer Kim Nae-Chul faces Gladiator Heavyweight Champion Noji Ryuta in a Light Heavyweight Match

January 23, 2014 – ROAD Fighting Championship presents ROAD FC 014, the first numbered series event for 2014. ROAD FC 014 will be held in Seoul, South Korea at Seoul Olympic Hall on Sunday, February 9, 2014. The Main Event will be the Featherweight Tournament Final match between Kwon Bae-Yong and Choi Mu-Gyeom for the very first Featherweight Championship Belt. Two more fights are added to the event: Kim Soo-Chul versus Tezuka Motonobu and Kim Nae-Chul versus Ryuta Noji.

Former ONE FC Bantamweight Champion Kim Soo-Chul (7-5) of Team FORCE will return to ROAD FC and face former UFC fighter Tezuka Motonobu (20-7-4). Kim defeated stand out Kevin Belingon and knocked out Leandro Issa to win the ONE FC title. After returning from a shoulder injury, he faced interim Champion and DREAM Champion Bibiano Fernandes in a fight that went a full five rounds. Kim was impressive even in defeat. Kim is only 22-years old and has proved he is already well-rounded and able to face world-class international opponents.

ROAD FC is honored to welcome another top Japanese fighter, Tezuka Motonobu, to Korea. Tezuka was DEEP Rookie of the Year, Pancrase Rookie of the Year, and was ranked #1 in Pancrase when he was selected for UFC Macao because ROAD FC Bantamweight Champion Kang Kyung-Ho was injured. Tezuka is an incredibly strong grappler who has wins over Taichi Nakajima and Shunichi Shimizu. Kim versus Tezuka will be a very competitive match because both fighters want to prove they belong at the top of the bantamweight division.

Former IKF World Champion Kim Nae-Chul (2-3) will face Gladiator Heavyweight Champion Noji Ryuta (18-7) in a Light Heavyweight bout. Kim is a heavy-handed striker out of Team Posse who can dish out as much punishment as he can take. Kim was a kick boxer in IKF and K-1 before he began MMA 3 years ago, and has gone the distance on all but one of his MMA fights, including his most recent bout against top ranked Inoue Shunsuke.

Noji Ryuta returns to the ROAD FC cage for his second time. Noji is the CMA Gladiator Heavyweight Champion and was a contender for the DEEP Heavyweight Championship. Before Noji began his ten-year long career in MMA, he fought in international Kyokushin tournaments and with Musashi in K-1. Noji is on a 3-fight KO streak which includes a first round finish of Kim Ji-Hoon at ROAD FC 012. This rare light heavyweight bout will showcase two of the toughest and fiercest strikers in the division who are guaranteed to throw sparks.

After ROAD FC 014, ROAD FC – KOREA 2 will be held on March 9, 2014 at the Hilton Grand Convention Centre in Seoul, South Korea. Matches will be forthcoming.

About ROAD Fighting Championship

The sport of MMA is booming in South Korea, and behind the incredible growth is ROAD FC. As this new era of Mixed Martial Arts begins, ROAD FC is committed to creating more opportunities for fighters in growth, experience, and support. The amateur and semi-pro Central and Into Leagues provide a structured, safe, and competitive atmosphere for beginning fighters. “ROAD FC – KOREA” monthly events now will provide many more opportunities for foreign fighters to compete and ascend in the rankings. ROAD FC numbered series events with the Young Guns undercard will be held approximately four times a year in major cities across Korea and Japan in 2014, featuring the most exciting and well-recognized Korean and international MMA fighters.

About ROAD FC Official Gym

To support this expansion and all ROAD FC fighters, the ROAD FC Official Gym in Gangnam, Seoul has been constructed. This state-of-the-art facility is approximately 500 square meters, has a cage built to ROAD FC specifications, and generous mat area for martial arts training and CrossFit. Famous Korean MMA fighter Seo Doo-Won, formerly of the National Wrestling Team, is the Head Coach.

ROAD FC is the stage where legends shine, rookies thrill, and epic battles are waged that determine the future of MMA. From the pageantry of the grand entrance to the final crunch of the KO, ROAD FC showcases the very best of Mixed Martial Arts sports and entertainment.

As we say in Korea, “Fighting!”

For updates please visit the ROAD FC website at www.ROADFC.com and the Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/roadfightingchampionship.