ROAD FC 14: Featherweight Title Kwon vs Choi, plus Kume vs Simoes and Shooto Champ Yamagami vs Jo

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ROAD FC 14 sees the conclusion of the Featherweight Tournament with Kwon Bae-Yong versus Choi Mu-Gyeom on February 9, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. Also on the card, top contender Kume Takasuke takes on BTT’s Eduardo Simoes, and Jo Nam-Jin faces Shooto Champ Yamagami.

ROAD FC 14 is the first ‘numbered series’ event to take place in 2014, after ROAD FC held the first event of a new league in January, called ROAD FC- Korea. ROAD FC 14 will host the finals of the Featherweight Tournament held in 2013, in which – aside from finalists Kwon and Choi – other well-known fighters participated. It was a very competitive field that included Michihiro Omigawa, Kosuke Umeda, a young Tatsujin prodigy named Hubert Geven, and Korean talents Kil Young-Bok and Kim Chang-Hyun. Choi got a lucky buy when Kil didn’t make weight, but Kwon ran the gamut of the brackets. Now ROAD FC puts the Featherweight belt on the line for them.

Kume Takasuke, now a fan favorite in Korea, gets to face an opponent from outside Korea because there may not be one he can trump inside of it, since he was all but undefeated before he faced bulldozer Nam Yui-Chul in his prime. Kume’s next test doesn’t get any more reasonable either. Eduardo Simoes is a black belt of ten years and a coach at the Brazilian Top Team. He’s 7-3 in his MMA career which includes an impressive number of finishes by heel hooks. This should be a very entertaining and technical match. And it’s the first foreigner-versus-foreigner match that ROAD FC has ever hosted.

Shooto World Flyweight Champion Mikihito Yamagami comes over to test the kimchi as the latest Japanese star to enter ROAD FC. The tall and powerful kick boxer will meet Jo Nam-Jin, a fireball from Team MAD, who is also making his debut in ROAD FC. This is a a very interesting match to look forward to as the lighter divisions start to become stacked with more and more very strong talent. Yamagami put his skills on display against Mamoru in VTJ 2nd, which put people on notice that he’s not just a tin champion. Meanwhile Jo, at a mere 22 years old, has already been hard at work facing the top in his division in Asia as he develops as a fighter. Neither of these fighters are at their peak, so this will be a look at what true Asia-formulated talent looks like on the upswing.

Kim Soo-Chul comes back to his own hunting grounds of Korea as a now-international superstar from his tenure at ONE FC Champ, and his gutsy 5-round battle against Bibiano Fernandes. He’s also another very young fighter who has yet to reach his full ability, and ROAD FC won’t put the brakes on in testing him. Kim faces the incredibly strong Motonobu Tezuka, a Pancrase top dog with a dominant top game. Tezuka’s recent stint in the UFC wasn’t a winning one, but at 26, the point can be argued for his own development which lies ahead. These two very different fighters should put on an interesting display of varied skill sets.

Totally opposite of the ground game that Kume versus Simoes offers, the main card will start out with a stand up display of bone-crushing, cage grinding mayhem. Or at least we can hope for it. Kim Nae-Chul is a kickboxing champion and Ryuta Noji is a kyokushin champion so the game plan might already be a foregone conclusion from these two. However, Noji has barded the Gladiator Heavyweight Championship and he won’t be willing to concede he’s anything less than that when he comes back onto Korean soil.

MMA-in-ASIA wil be live from Seoul for all the updates and action of ROAD FC 14.

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ROAD FC 14
February 9, 2014
Seoul Olympic Hall
Seoul, South Korea

Main Card Matches:

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

Lightweight Superfight
Yoon Hyun-Bin versus Takaya Tsukuda

Young Guns 11 Preliminary Matches:

Featherweight
Kim Yi-Sak versus Lee Hyung-Seok

Bantamweight
Kim Dae-Myung versus Kim Ho-Joon

Featherweight
Kwon Se-Yoon versus Lee Jung-Yung

Bantamweight
Cho Yeong-Seung versus Jin Tae-Ho

Catchweight -75kg
Munguntsooj Nandinerdene versus Nam Ye-Won

Press release:

3 February, 2014 – In South Korea, the most exciting MMA action can only be found at ROAD Fighting Championship. The next epic event will be ROAD FC 014 which takes place on Sunday, 9 February, 2014 at the Seoul Olympic Hall. ROAD FC 014 features the Inaugural Featherweight Championship Match between Kwon Bae-Yong and Choi Mu-Gyeom. Former Lightweight Contender Kume Takasuke is back against Brazilian Top Team’s Eduardo Simoes in the first all-foreign match in ROAD FC. Also, many Champions are added to the ROAD FC roster, including Shooto Champion Yamagami Mikihito.

At ROAD FC 014, legends will shine, rookies will thrill, and epic battles will be waged!

The Main Event ROAD FC 014 is the Featherweight Championship Match between Kwon Bae-Yong and Choi Mu-Gyeom. Both finalists scrambled and swung their way through the tournament brackets over major Korean and international talent in the stacked ROAD FC Featherweight Division. The last two Championship Matches held at ROAD FC gained international media acclaim as being among the most exciting and competitive MMA fights of 2013 in the world. This match is bound to follow in the same vein of thrilling action, and will decide who is the best Featherweight fighter in all of ROAD FC.

The Co-Main Event features the very first all-foreign fighter bout in ROAD FC. Lightweight Tournament Runner Up Kume Takasuke, one of the best MMA fighters in Japan, will face Eduardo Simoes, from the most famous MMA team in the world, Brazilian Top Team. This historic match signifies the high quality sporting competition and international interest in ROAD FC. Kume versus Simoes will be a blistering bout of the very best technical aspects of MMA.

Also scheduled for the event are numerous MMA Champions from other organizations who are now competing in ROAD FC:
Journeyman Jo Nam-Jin will finally fight in his home country and take on SHOOTO Champion Yamagami Mikihito
Former ONE FC Champion Kim Soo-Chul returns to ROAD FC to face UFC veteran Tezuka Motonobu
IKF Champion Kim Nae-Chul will meet Gladiator Champion Noji Ryuta.
Before these exciting Main Card fights, the preliminary bouts from the Young Guns 11 will feature the next wave of outstanding young Korean MMA fighters, all looking to make their mark in the cage and on their opponents.

Showcasing the very best of MMA sport and entertainment – ROAD Fighting Championship!

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 014
Date: Sunday 9 February, 2014
Time: 18:00 KST Young Guns 11 start, 20:00 KST Main Card start
Place: Seoul Olympic Hall, 426, Ollimpik-ro, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For more information, please visit the ROAD FC website at: www.ROADFC.com
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 in 2014, featuring the most exciting and well-recognized Korean and international MMA fighters.