With its 13th event, ROAD Fighting Championship heads to the southern Korean city of Gumi for the first time. Andrews Nakahara and Cha JungHwan return to overcome respective draws on their records. Korean Zombie protege Lee YunJun will try for a two-fer against Japanese DEEP standout Makoto Kamaya.
ROAD FC is doing a lot of fan-pleasing on both sides of the Sea of Japan with the line up on the next card. ROAD FC 13 and the ninth edition of the Young Guns undercard are just about at a 50-50 Korean-Japanese spread. So far in 2013, collaborations have abounded with DEEP boss Shigeru Saeki coming over with a large Japanese fighter contingency to ROAD FC 12, and ROAD CEO Jung MoonHong’s favor-returning at DEEP 63rd Impact. Then Jung popped in at Pancrase CEO Masakazu Sakai’s place with the ubiquitous handshake and news of collaboration in 2014.
So far, ROAD FC has snapped up free agents Riki Fukuda and Issei Tamura after they were released from the UFC, so ironically both will still continue to fight overseas. ROAD FC 13 will be the first outing for both in Korea, and while Fukuda’s opponent is yet to be announced, Tamura’s going to get “Running Man” Song, the second finalist from the Bantamweight Tournament. If Tamura chooses to grind out a game, Song has definitely got the cardio to go 3 rounds (and probably 3 more after that, if the ROAD FC judges demand it).
Nakahara versus Cha sees two guys with heavy competition experience and the smarts to implement a game plan that could lead to a very back-and-forth match. Both men ended up with aggravating draws after their last fights at ROAD FC and will probably be thinking hard about finishing it this time. Nakahara met the Korean favorite Bae MyungHo at ROAD FC 12 and began to turn the tide only at the very end of the fight when he finally let his heavy striking go. Cha met Luis Ramos at ROAD FC 11 and they countered each other until – again in the final minute – Cha turned on the power but make a poor sub decision. Striker versus grappler with the tools to neutralize each other, and to finish, which is a must for each.
Lee comes into the fight against Kamaya after smashing Takafumi Otsuka for three painful rounds at ROAD FC 12. The late stand in surprised everyone except his coach, Korean Zombie. Kamaya has some MMA math in complete relation to this match: he’s beat the current ROAD FC Bantamweight Champion Lee KilWoo, but dropped a decision to Otsuka earlier in 2013. Now that Lee has shown the kind of pace he can set, nobody – even a 37-fight vet like Kamaya – can afford to take him anything but seriously.
Press releases after the fight card.
ROAD FC 013 / Young Guns 9
12th October, 2013
J.H. Park Stadium
Gumi, South Korea
ROADC FC 13
Lightweight Championship – First Defense
Nam Yui-Chul (Champion) versus Kume Takasuke
Andrews Nakahara versus Cha Jung-Hwan
Featherweight Tournament Match #2
Kwon Bae-Young versus Kosuke Umeda
Featherweight Tournament Match #1
Kil Young-Bok versus Choi Mu-Gyum
Issei Tamura versus Song Min-Jung
Riki Fukuda versus TBA
Young Guns 9
Lee Yun-Jun versus Kamaya Makoto
ROAD Fighting Championship Announces Lee Yun-Jun versus Kamaya Makoto for ROAD FC 013 in Gumi, South Korea
September 6, 2013 – ROAD Fighting Championship announces a bantamweight match between “Korean Zombie” protégé Lee Yun-Jun and Japan’s DEEP standout Kamaya Makoto. Lee (3-2) has become a rising star in ROAD FC. At ROAD FC 12, he proved his worth when he took a deserved Unanimous Decision win over a much more experienced Otsuka Takafumi. Kamaya (22-12-3) is a very experienced mixed martial artist who has achieved great success in DEEP Fighting Championship. He has wins over Kasuya Toida, Kazuma Sone, and Lee Kil-Woo, the current ROAD FC Bantamweight Champion. Both fighters have proven they possess well-rounded skills. This match will be a stiff test for rising star Lee, and ROAD FC proudly welcomes another top Japanese MMA star to the roster.
Lee joins many other up and coming Korean fighters on the card such as Lightweight Champion Nam Yui-Chul, and Featherweight Tournament semifinalists Kwon Bae-Young, Kil Young-Bok, and Choi Mu-Gyum. Kamaya joins fellow Japanese fighters at ROAD FC 013 such as Riki Fukuda, Issei Tamura, Kosuke Umeda, and Kume Takasuke.
ROAD Fighting Championship Announces a Welterweight Superfight: Andrews Nakahara versus Cha Jung-Hwan set for ROAD FC 013 in Gumi, South Korea
September 9, 2013 – ROAD Fighting Championship announces a Welterweight Superfight between karate champion Andrews Nakahara and submission specialist Cha Jung-Hwan. Nakahara (4-2-1) is a DREAM and K-1 veteran who is well-known to Korean fans. He has fought Kazushi Sakuraba and Ryo Chonan, and has defeated former ROAD FC Middleweight Champion Shungo Oyama. Nakahara made his full-time return to MMA at ROAD FC 012 against Legend FC Welterweight Champion Bae Myung-Ho. Cha (10-6-2) is one of Korea’s top fighters. He has fought George Sotiropoulos and Roan Carneiro, and defeated Ryo Chonan. Cha’s last fight was at ROAD FC 011 against UFC vet Luis Ramos.
The ROAD FC Middleweight division is very competitive and features fighters Ikuhisa Minowa, Thierry Sokoudjou, Melvin Manhoef, Denis Kang, Whi Seung-Bae, and Riki Fukuda who will debut at ROAD FC 013. Nakahara and Cha both experienced incredible fights in their last ROAD FC appearances and both matches remarkably ended in Draws. This fight will be a tough battle for both fighters to return to a win, and to take a step towards the current ROAD FC Middleweight World Champion, Lee Eun-Soo.
The Main Event for ROAD FC 013 in Gumi will be Kume Takasuke challenging the Lightweight Champion Nam Yui-Chul in a rematch for the title. The event will be the Semifinal matches of the Featherweight Tournament: Kwon Bae-Young will face Kosuke Umeda, and Kil Young-Bok will face Choi Mu-Gyum.
More bouts for ROAD FC 013 in Gumi, South Korea on October 12, 2013 will be announced soon. For updates please visit the ROAD FC website atwww.ROADFC.com and the Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/roadfightingchampionship.