ROAD FC 26 will take place on October 9, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Headlining the event will be the Flyweight title unification (re)match between original champ Jo Nam-Jin and interim champ Song Min-Jong.
Today the promotion announced that Park “Parky” Won-Sik was signed to ROAD FC and will make his debut against Shinji Sasaki. This will be Parky’s second fight since coming back from a debilitating neck injury that was exacerbated by his last fight in DEEP and left him to announce his retirement at the young age of 26. Parky had surgery, went through a year of rehab, opened his own branch gym of Team MAD, and is now back in the swing of things since his tune-up win in IGF earlier this year.
The opponent chosen for Parky’s first fight on Korean soil in 7 years will be one of Japan’s noted grapplers, Shinji Sasaki. The former Shooto Pac Rim champ did not not give the Korean fans what they were expecting when he fought Kim Chang-Hyun at ROAD FC 21: instead of grappling, he stood and banged, and earned the decision over the hometown favorite. Sasaki will no doubt be very well-versed with Parky’s style, and when these two veterans clash, top lightweights in both countries will be paying attention.
ROAD FC 26’s main event will be a rematch between Korea’s best flyweights, who are arguably two of the best in the region. Jo Nam-Jin and Song Min-Jong got the shot at the inaugural title a year ago at ROAD FC 16. Jo was on an upswing from plastering Shooto champ Mikihito Yamagami, while Song has choked out UFC vet Issei Tamura. The match turned out to be a battle of styles that was extremely close, but it was Jo’s wrestling that surprisingly gave the judges’ marks in his favor by a split decision.
Song immediately got the nod for the first contender shot. But Jo sustained a back injury in which a recovery time could not be estimated, so Song was handed HEAT contender Takeshi Kasugai for the interim title. Song really stepped up his game and although he couldn’t finish Kasugai, he earned the right to wear the flyweight strap. Finally Song will get the chance to see if he’s upped his game enough to definitively trump Jo.
A fun heavyweight fight between notables Mighty Mo Siliga and Choi Mu-Bae is also on the card. They were supposed to meet ages ago, but Choi ended up out of the match, and ever since Choi’s second coming, Mighty Mo talk has been lingering around the promotion. ROAD FC set it up, and likely one of them is going to set it down. Hard.
The event will be live broadcast in Korea on SuperAction, and live streamed PPV on Epicentre.tv.
ROAD FC 26
October 9, 2015
Seoul, South Korea
Flyweight Title Unification Match
Jo Nam-Jin vs Song Min-Jong
Mighty Mo vs Choi Mu-Bae
Park Won-Sik vs Shinji Sasaki