The ninth installment of South Korea’s ROAD FC promotion will be held on September 15th in Wonju’s Chiak Indoor Gymnasium, located about 90 miles outside of Seoul. It will be the start of ROAD FC’s search for the promotion’s Lightweight champion. And if a suitable opponent can be found, Melvin Manhoef will join the roster for a Superfight.
Manhoef was last seen in Asia at ONE FC 3 in Singapore, a fellow promotion with which ROAD FC has a networked affiliation, against Yoshiyuki Nakanishi that was ruled a NC due to both fighters receiving leg gashes from a clash. He has a 96% KO rate in his wins, two of which are notable knockouts of Mark Hunt and Kazuo Misaki. ROAD FC would like to find a suitable Korean opponent for him, but the negotiations for his opponent are ingoing. He’s already KOed two big Koeans – Kim DaeWan and Yoon DongSik in DREAM and K-1 Dynamite respectively.
The 8-man Lightweight tournament has ninety percent of the players in place and will announce the full line up soon. Lightweights previously competing in ROAD FC include Nam YuiChul and Vuyisile Colossa. The previous Bantamweight tournament yielded Champion Kang KyungHo who was snapped up by the UFC to compete in their FUEL event set for November 10th in Macau, China.
An opponent for Manhoef has been found; he is set to face Kim Jae Young (14-9), a Light Heavyweight out of Team Tackle. And another stellar addition to the card is none other than crowd-pleasing Ikuhisa Minowaman, who will face relatively unknown Yuk Jin Soo. Stay tuned for updates on the Lightweight tournament as we get them.