ROAD FC 11, previously mentioned as taking place in February, was officially announced by the promotion as now taking place on April 13, 2013 in Seoul, at the recently renovated historic Olympic Hall. Sources close to the promotion said that the delay is due to planning a ramp-up of its schedule for 2013. Headlining the event will be the conclusion of the Lightweight tournament, the winner being awarded the first Road FC Lightweight Championship belt. Korea’s own poster boy Nam YuiChul will face Japan’s phenomenal submission master Kume Takasuke.
Nam enforced his will through every stage of the LW competition, and in the semifinals had a war with Vuyisile Colossa that was nominated as MMAPlanet’s #2 Fight of the Year for 2012. Kume literally subbed everyone in his path with lightning quickness. Nam’s ferocity and Kume’s intensity will make this a very exciting fight, no matter the outcome.
Future card announcements are said to be made in the weeks to come. The could possibly include several of the international fighters signed at the end of 2012, like Thierry Sokoudjou, Diego “The Octopus” Saraiva, and possibly Luis “Beicao” Ramos previously said to face Cha JungHwan at number 12. Another bout previously announced was Moon JaeHoon versus Shoko Sato. Other international fighters signed to the promotion include Shungo Oyama, Andrew Leone, Melvin Manheof, and Jeff Monson. Above and beyond the new pull of international star power, ROAD FC will build and showcase its homegrown Korean talent, arguably some of the best up and comers in the world. Full press release below.
ROAD Fighting Championship announces ROAD FC 011: the Final Battle in the 16-man Lightweight Tournament
Nam “The Korean Bulldozer” Yui-Chul will clash with Kume “Da Jaguar” Takasuke for ROAD FC’s first Lightweight Championship Title
January 22, 2013 – ROAD FC is set to hold its first Mixed Martial Arts event of 2013 on April 13 in Seoul, South Korea at the historic Olympic Hall. ROAD FC 011 will feature the Lightweight Tournament Final between South Korea’s Nam Yui-Chul and Japan’s Kume Takasuke. This conclusion of the 16-man tournament will crown the inaugural ROAD FC Lightweight Champion. Further matches on the card – including high-level international fighters and South Korea’s top domestic talent – will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
The Inaugural ROAD FC Lightweight Championship
The 16-man Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals were held at ROAD FC 009 in Wonju on September 15, 2012. Takasuke and Nam won their respective bouts, as did South Korea’s Kim Chang-Hyeon and Japan’s Toru Masahiro At the Semifinals at ROAD FC 010 in Busan on November 24, Takasuke dominated against Yoon Chul, the late notice replacement for Lee, aggressively finishing him by trademark submission in the first round. Nam and Colossa’s rematch went the distance at a furious pace in one of the most exciting fights ever to take place in ROAD FC. The three-round war ended with Nam securing the decision win and moving on to the Finals. On April 13, one of South Korea’s strongest lightweights ever, Nam Yiu-Chul, will face one of Japan’s best submission masters, Kume Takasuke, in a highly-anticipated match that will see the winner crowned ROAD FC’s first ever Lightweight Champion.
ROAD FC 011 at Olympic Hall, Seoul, South Korea
The Olympic Hall is situated in Olympic Park, a South Korean legacy originally built for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The Olympic Park is a beautiful and massive site built around the historic relics of the Baekje era. The 3,500+ seat Hall was renovated in 2011 to showcase K-pop concerts and other major cultural events. As such, Olympic Hall will be the perfect venue for ROAD FC to exhibit its unrivaled light and sound production, the backdrop for a night of incredibly exciting Mixed Martial Arts fights.
ROAD FC in 2013
ROAD Fighting Championship has produced ten events in just over two years. 2013 will see an increase in events and some exciting new developments to promote Mixed Martial Arts in Korea, Asia, and internationally. ROAD FC’s Into League, Central League, and Young Guns series prove a deep commitment to the growth of Mixed Martial Arts. ROAD FC has a South Korean television broadcast, and in 2012 a Video On Demand agreement with the world’s top MMA website Sherdog.com brought ROAD FC to an international audience. 2013 will see this broadcast expand even further. The signing of international MMA superstars like Minowaman, Jeff Monson, Melvin Manhoef and most recently Thierry Sokoudjou have added talent and international appeal to ROAD FC. ROAD FC will make 2013 a year to remember for Mixed Martial Arts in Asia.