ROAD FC 009 “BEATDOWN”
September 15, 2012
Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea
Following successfully crowning its first Bantamweight Champion Kang KyungHo who was subsequently signed to fight in the UFC, ROAD FC announces the beginning of a Lightweight tournament with the quarterfinals to be held at the next event, “Beatdown”.
In the first match up announced, Nam “The Bulldozer” YuiChul will take on Masahiro Toryu. Nam, a veteran of the Korean MMA reality show “Super Korean”, started his career fighting in Spirit MC with an eight fight win streak that claimed him the Welterweight Championship. He then fought in M-1 and Legend FC, where his only losses in the last three years have come at the hands of the promotion’s former and current Lightweight Champions respectively Adrian Pang and Jadamba. His wrestling base is incredibly strong and he’s always willing to bang.
Toryu, a college wrestling champion, is a Pancrase warhorse since 2005. Although he’s a brown belt in Kyokushin, he’s more apt to display his judo and wrestling in the ring. This has recently gotten him a string of draws pocked by two losses in lackluster fights during 2011. He’s looking to turn his career around in 2012 and Nam’s wrestling plus the cage is a huge huge way to challenge himself.
In the second Lightweight bout, Nam’s teammate from Team Posse Kim “Amrbar” ChangHyun will meet Takasuke Kume. “Armbar” has traveled back and forth to Japan for HEAT, KOTC, Sengoku, Grachan, and DEEP. His last performance in DEEP put him across the ring from eventual Lightweight Champion Daisuke Nakamura. The two put on an incredible first round of grappling and second round of stand up, but the third saw black belt Kim ironically succumb to an arm bar.
Armbar will face Shootist Takasuke Kume, an uber-prospect at 13-1. He’s also Hatsu Hioki‘s training partner and a submission specialist with his last six fights ending that way. This has potential to be fight of the night material.
The third match up gets even more interesting, when Kim SeokMo faces Vuyisile Colossa. SeokMo’s 5-5 record is misleading; only one of his fights since his first MMA battle have gone the distance, and that was against Gregor Gracie in ONE FC. He’s consistantly been matched against caliber opponents, and his never-say-die style leads to exciting – if short – matches.
Colossa is no stranger to MMA and Muay Thai fight fans all over the world. The Challenger Champion and King’s Cup veteran has a mixed record of 4-2 with some surprising submission victories. After being edged out of a victory by fellow tournament competitor Nam’s ground control, Colossa changed his mindset and has been working nonstop in the gi and out with a team of BJJ black belts. Even so, with the way these men go for the win, this fight likely won’t get out of the first round.
The final contest for the lightweight strap is between Lee YongJae and Kim WonGi. Lee bounced back from a loss in Legend FC by gaining back to back victories in ROAD FC this year. He’ll face dark horse Kim who bounced back from a six year competitive layoff with a draw and a win this year also in ROAD FC.
Bouts announced to date:
[Middleweight match] Yuk JinSoo vs Melvin Manhoef
[-85kg-contract weight classes match] Ikahusa Minowa vs Kim JaeYong
[Lightweight Tournament SemiFinals] Nam “The Bulldozer” YuiChul vs Masahiro Toryu
[Lightweight Tournament SemiFinals] Kim “Amrbar” ChangHyun vs Takasuke Kume
[Lightweight Tournament SemiFinals] Kim SeokMo vs Vuyisile Colossa
[Lightweight Tournament SemiFinals] Lee YongJae vs Kim WonGi