ROAD FC 14: Featherweight Championship between tournament finalists Kwon BaeYong and Choi MuGyeom

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ROAD Fighting Championships has announced their next event of 2014 to be ROAD FC 14 on February 9th in Seoul, South Korea. The main event will be the Featherweight Tournament Finals between Kwon BaeYong and Choi MuGyeom to determine the first Featherweight Champion.

ROAD FC just held their first event of the year from their new league called “ROAD FC- Korea”. Riki Fukuda debuted and defeated Kim HeeSeung by knockout as the main event, and twelve young fighters were introduced to the lights and packed house on Young Guns 10. Now ROAD FC sets a return for the big stage for ROAD FC 14. The main event will be the conclusion of the Featherweight Tournament which was ROAD FC’s first inclusion of multiple high-ranking non-Korean fighters vying for top contention. However, the two finalists are from the home country. Kwon BaeYong will face Choi MuGyeom for the inaugural Featherweight title.

Kwon BaeYong has been put through the ringer in his ascent up the tournament brackets by first facing Michihiro Omigawa and then Kosuke Umeda. Both times he showed what an incredible fighter he is developing into. His fight with Omigawa went the distance, and Kwon proved he was able to match and even better Omigawa in all aspects of the fight. His second match, with Umeda, met with a grimacing conclusion when he dropped his second Japanese opponent in a row with a rarely seen knee to the body. With these standout performances, he can be considered the front-runner for the title by a large margin.

Choi MuBae (previously known as Choi DongSun) has a record of 3-3 with his sole win streak coming from his first tournament match against 19-year old Hubert Geven. The Tatsujin Dojo hails from a great coach and team, but wasn’t able to rise to Choi’s level just yet. Choi got a lucky buy on to the finals when his next opponent, Kil YoungBok, wasn’t able to make weight. While Choi has faced some big opponents in his career, this will likely be his stiffest test. He can definitely stand and bang but his ground skills will need to have developed quickly to be able to contend.

Press release:

ROAD Fighting Championship Announces the Featherweight Tournament Final between Kwon Bae-Yong and Choi Mu-Gyeom for the Inaugural Featherweight Championship at ROAD FC 014 in Seoul, South Korea on February 9, 2014

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 ever to be awarded. This anticipated match will showcase two of the best Featherweights in ROAD FC.

Kwon Bae-Yong (9-3) is a Team Posse fighter and teammate to ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Nam Yui-Chul. Kwon is a well-rounded fighter who has shown his adaptability to his opponents’ styles in his Tournament fights with top Japanese contenders Michihiro Omigawa and Kosuke Umeda. Kwon versus Omigawa was a spectacular match in which Kwon was able to gain the edge in all areas. Kwon then faced a fresh Umeda, who passed to the Semifinal because his Quarterfinal opponent Kim Chang-Hyun was unable to make weight. Kwon displayed one of ROAD FC’s “Three Best KOs of 2013” when he landed a knee to the body to defeat Umeda. Kwon holds victories over former ROAD FC Bantamweight Champion Kang Kyung-Ho and former ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio Banario.

Choi Mu-Gyeom (3-3) is an MMA Story fighter under top Korean MMA fighter Cha Jung-Hwan. Choi is an intelligent striker who had a successful career in kick boxing before he began fighting MMA. In the Tournament Semifinal, Choi fought Martijn de Jong’s Tatsujin Dojo striking prodigy Hubert Geven in a fast-paced and fierce bout that went the distance. Choi’s striking stood out as smartly outpointed Geven to gain the Unanimous Decision win. Choi has now been able to pass on to the Final match without a Quarterfinal appearance because his opponent Kil Young-Bok was unable to make weight for their bout. Therefore Choi will be in top condition for the Final match. Choi has made his record fighting very tough opponents outside of Korea and he holds a win over Taichi Nakajima.

This Championship match is the first announcement for ROAD FC 014. More exciting matches on the card will be announced shortly.

ROAD FC 014, 9 February, 2014
Seoul Olympic Hall, Seoul, South Korea
Featherweight Tournament Final Match
Kwon Bae-Yong versus Choi Mu-Gyeom

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

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.