ROAD FC has announced that they will hold fifteen MMA shows in 2014. A partnership with CJ E&M, Korea’s mega-media corporation, will see all of them broadcast live in Korea and live streamed internationally.
ROAD FC started holding shows in late 2010 and has racked up a total of thirteen across Korea since then. Recently the promotion announced that it intends to expand into Japan with a live event in 2014. ROAD FC also holds two amateur competitions about once every two months, called Into League and Central League. These have been the feeders to the Young Guns undercard. ROAD FC announced earlier in the year that they would begin to hold monthly events in a bespoke stadium in Seoul, which looks to be part of their new schedule of events. An announcement on the details of this should be coming soon.
ROAD FC also opened the Official Gym under Korean MMA icon Seo DooWon, the “Korean Pitbull”, who became a sensation after his television appearances. ROAD FC banks on star quality to engage the masses, just as the Vice President happens to be Park SangMin, a famous Korean singer, and adding personalities like a television comedian and a ring girl to the roster of fighters. Since the promotion has had a television broadcast since day one, this format seems to work well for them.
Star quality on the MMA front has started to creep – or rather smash – into ROAD FC as well. Minowaman fought his 100th battle inside the ROAD FC cage this year, and UFC talent Riki Fukuda signed with the promotion. He joins a heavy contingency of well-known Japanese fighters like Issei Tamura, Michihiro Omigawa, Kume Takasuke, and Takafumi Otsuka who have been scooped up enroute to a Japan show in 2014. They join foreign fighters like Sokodjou, Melvin Manhoef, Andrews Nakahara, Murat Kazgan, Vuyisile Colossa, and Luis Ramos. The fact that they say they are expanding because of many foreign fighters signing also should see some new names added to that list.
CJ Entertainment and Media is a huge movie, cable and distribution company in South Korea, once formerly part of the Samsung group and still owned by that family. The stations under their wing are Super Action (on which they currently broadcast) and XTM. The CJ company has rapidly expanded operations internationally in the last year, so the distribution aspect of ROAD FC’s new deal with them should be interesting to watch in the future.
ROAD Fighting Championship Announces 15 Events for 2014 and a CJ E&M Partnership
December 9, 2013 – ROAD Fighting Championship announces a full schedule for 2014 that will feature 15 events in Seoul, across South Korea, and Japan. To broadcast all of these events in Korea and to procure international distribution, ROAD FC has secured a partnership with South Korea’s largest media conglomerate, CJ E&M.
ROAD FC has experienced remarkable and rapid growth since the very first ROAD FC event was held in October of 2010. In 2011, ROAD FC held four major shows and expanded into the iconic Jangchung Gymnasium. In 2012, ROAD FC started the amateur and semi-pro Central and Into Leagues, and held events not just in Seoul, but across Korea to Wonju and south to Busan.
This year, 2013, ROAD FC expanded the fighter roster by signing many international fighters such as Joachim Hansen, Sokoudjou, Michihiro Omigawa, Issei Tamura, and Riki Fukuda. The legendary MMA icon Minowaman had his 100th fight at ROAD FC 13. Lightweight and Bantamweight Tournaments yielded ROAD FC Champions from thrilling battles: Nam Yui-Chul twice met and defeated Kume Takasuke, and Lee Kil-Woo closely edged out Min Jung-Song. ROAD FC fighters also represented abroad in Japan, Singapore, and Kazakhstan. The ROAD FC Official Gym opened in Seoul as the largest and most well-equipped MMA training facility.
ROAD FC was founded to revive the South Korean Mixed Martial Arts. ROAD FC accomplished this goal and has gone beyond it, to usher in a new era of MMA in Asia. Now the growth is driving ROAD FC. To keep up with the demand and provide more opportunities for both Korean fighters and the influx of foreign fighters, ROAD FC will shortly be releasing the details of the new monthly ROAD FC event to be held in Seoul. In 2014, ROAD FC will hold 15 major professional MMA events that will be broadcast live in South Korea and streamed live internationally.
ROAD FC’s partnership with CJ E&M will continue the broadcast in South Korea and look to expand it on an international scale. CJ E&M is South Korea’s biggest media conglomerate, incorporating broadcasting assets CJ Media and On Media; CJ Entertainment (film); Mnet Media (music); plus gamers O Media Holdings and CJ Internet. CJ E&M is a subsidiary of CJ Corporation, one of the leading South Korean companies in the food, pharmacy, finance and home shopping industries. CJ has built up global competitiveness over the last forty years and is vigorously entering into major regions of the world based on experience and capability, penetrating into the global market throughout Japan, China, Europe, the U.S. and South America (especially Brazil).
For updates please visit the ROAD FC website at www.ROADFC.com and the Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/roadfightingchampionship.