ROAD FC – KOREA 2: Korea welcomes Pancrase in a “Nations Fight” event

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ROAD Fighting Championship hosts the second of new league “KOREA” with a Japan versus Korea theme on March 9, 2014. Four Pancrase fighters make the jump into the ROAD FC cage, and a women’s bout is included.

ROAD FC – Korea 2 will take place in Seoul, and will see an interesting dynamic play out. Japanese fighters have been a regular inclusion in a year’s worth of events – including high-profilers Minowaman, Michihiro Omigawa, and Mikihito Yamagami – and many of them returned home with tales of woe. The Koreans are on the rise.

ROAD FC has sent many of its fighters the other way, to Pancrase, Gladiator, and DEEP events, but the trend was more for experience and usually against heavy odds. Now they return the favor by inviting Pancrase over to play. Cha Jung-Hwan versus Kenta Takagi was the original main event, but was dropped when Cha injured his hand. Instead, Korea’s new darling Lee Yoon-Jun steps up to the plate against CORO. With Pancrase’ final ring event happening on March 30th, and the fiercely ambitious schedules of both promotions, this is the best match that could manifest. Given Lee’s excellent strategy and Coro’s finish mentality, this should be a good scrap.

A young Korean to look out for is Han Yi-Moon, who became known to the whole country as he fought his way through the TV reality show “Crying Fist” then went pro with ROAD FC. He’s facing Ryo Takagi who is equally tough and just as young. Takagi’s record is the red-side reverse of Han’s, but at their ages, the game has just begun for both.

Boxing and kickboxing champ Kim Ji-Yeon dips her feet in the MMA pool a second time against a woman who’s in the deep end of it, Smackgirl Champ Takayo Hashi. To open the main card, Heo Yoon of Team MAD faces Brian Choi of Team Posse. The crowd will be very vocally divided right down the middle when the two behemoth Korean teams clash.

ROAD FC – Korea 2 “Korea versus Japan”
March 9, 2014
Grand Hilton Convention Centre
Seoul, South Korea

Main Event Bantamweight Match
Lee Yoon-Jun versus Kosuke Terashima

Lightweight Match
Lee Hyung-Seok versus Ben Buchan

Bantamweight Match
Han Yi-Moon versus Ryo “AKB” Takagi

Catchweight
Kim Ji-Yeon versus Takayo Hashi

Featherweight
Brian Choi versus Heo Yoon

YOUNG GUNS 012

Featherweight
Song Chang-Hyun versus Kim Min-Woo

Lightweight
Kim Hyeong-Ryeol versus Moon Ki-Bum

Catchweight 76kg
Oh Jae-Sung versus Jung Jae-Il

Flyweight
Kim Oo-Jae versus Kwak Jong-Hyun

Flyweight
Kim Jin-Min versus Kim Seok-Yong

Press release:

26 February, 2014 – ROAD Fighting Championship will host the third epic MMA event of 2014 on 9 March! ROAD FC – KOREA 002 “KOREA VS JAPAN” will take place at the Grand Hilton Convention Centre in Seoul, South Korea. Representatives from Japan’s historic 20-year old MMA promotion PANCRASE will be welcomed to South Korea to take on ROAD FC fighters in heart-pounding competition. Among the participants from this cross-cultural exchange, Kosuke Terashima will face Lee Yoon-Jun in the Main Event, Ben Buchan meets Lee Hyung-Seok, and Ryo Takagi will match Han Yi-Moon.

In the Main Event, Lee Yoon-Jun will welcome PANCRASE fighter Kosuke “Coro” Terashima to the ROAD FC cage at bantamweight. Lee faced and defeated strong Japanese fighters Otsuka Takafumi and Kamaya Makoto in 2013 and became a Korean sensation. He is prepared to take on another strong opponent, and this time it will be highly dangerous grappler “Coro”. The PANCRASE fighter knocked out his last opponent, so he will be a threat to Lee in all areas of the game. This will be a thrilling match between two highly-talented young MMA fighters.

In a lightweight match, Lee Hyung-Seok will welcome PANCRASE fighter Ben Buchan to the ROAD FC cage. Lee is a young but seasoned MMA fighter who put on an impressive performance at ROAD FC 014 which proved he is evolving into a well-rounded fighter. Submissions are still his strong suit, which will also suit his PANCRASE opponent. Buchan, a Briton fighting alongside championship contenders at the famous Tsudanuma Dojo, has already faced stiff competition in his short MMA career. This will be his first international fight, and he will bring all his skills into the cage against Lee.

At bantamweight, Han Yi-Moon will welcome PANCRASE fighter Ryo “AKB” Takagi to ROAD FC – KOREA. Han is the Season 2 winner of South Korea’s MMA reality television show “Crying Fist”. At only 20 years old, Han represents the new wave of strong Korean fighters developing in ROAD FC. He is tough, powerful, and riding a 4-fight win streak. Han will need every bit of his training when he takes on Takagi, who at just 22-years old, has never been finished in any fight. Takagi is just as fierce and hungry as Han, which will make this match up one of the most exciting on the card.

In a women’s catchweight bout, Kim Ji-Yeon welcomes Takayo Hashi to South Korea at 58 kg. Kim is a new fighter out of Impact Gym. She made her debut in Japan at DEEP Cage Impact in 2013, and took top fighter “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama to a Draw. When she faces her next opponent, it will be youth versus experience yet again, and her second Japanese in a row. Hashi was the final Middleweight Champion of Japan’s all-female Smackgirl promotion. She has competed internationally against the toughest opponents in her division for several titles, including Strikeforce. The rare female bouts at ROAD FC are always extraordinary.

In the opening fight of the Main Card, two top Korean Teams will go head-to-head as Team Posse’s Brian Choi faces Team MAD’s Heo Yoon. Both fighters have similar stories, since they began their MMA careers overseas then returned to Korea to focus on building their MMA careers. These two exciting fighters are guaranteed to kick off ROAD FC – KOREA 002 with fireworks.

Cha Jung-Hwan was scheduled to fight Kenta Takagi on this event. Unfortunately, Cha sustained a hand injury in training so the mach has been cancelled.

Showcasing the very best of MMA sport and entertainment – ROAD Fighting Championship!

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship – KOREA 002 “KOREA VS JAPAN”
Date: Sunday 9 March, 2014
Time: 18:00 KST Young Guns 012 start, 20:00 KST Main Card start
Place: Grand Hilton Convention Centre, 353, Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Main Card Matches:

Main Event Bantamweight Match
Lee Yoon-Jun versus Kosuke Terashima

Lightweight Match
Lee Hyung-Seok versus Ben Buchan

Bantamweight Match
Han Yi-Moon versus Ryo “AKB” Takagi

Catchweight
Kim Ji-Yeon versus Takayo Hashi

Featherweight
Brian Choi versus Heo Yoon

YOUNG GUNS 012

Featherweight
Song Chang-Hyun versus Kim Min-Woo

Lightweight
Kim Hyeong-Ryeol versus Moon Ki-Bum

Catchweight 76kg
Oh Jae-Sung versus Jung Jae-Il

Flyweight
Kim Oo-Jae versus Kwak Jong-Hyun

Flyweight
Kim Jin-Min versus Kim Seok-Yong

For more information, please visit the ROAD FC website at: www.ROADFC.com
Tickets are available at: http://ticket.interpark.com/Ticket/Goods/GoodsInfo.asp?GoodsCode=13013789
Live broadcast on SuperAction in South Korea
Live internet stream of Main Card available for $9.99 beginning at 20:00 (KST/JST): http://www.ustream.tv/roadfc

About ROAD FC – KOREA

ROAD FC – KOREA is a new monthly league event that will serve as the launching point for the most exciting and entertaining fighters from all over the world into ROAD FC. ROAD FC – KOREA events will be broadcast live on Super Action in Korea and streamed Pay Per View internationally.

About ROAD Fighting Championship

The sport of MMA is booming in South Korea, and behind the incredible growth is ROAD FC. As this new era of Mixed Martial Arts begins, ROAD FC is committed to creating more opportunities for fighters in growth, experience, and support. The amateur and semi-pro Central and Into Leagues provide a structured, safe, and competitive atmosphere for beginning fighters. “ROAD FC – KOREA” monthly events now will provide many more opportunities for foreign fighters to compete and ascend in the rankings. ROAD FC numbered series events with the Young Guns undercard will be held approximately four times a year in major cities across Korea and Japan in 2014, featuring the most exciting and well-recognized Korean and international MMA fighters.

About ROAD FC Official Gym

To support this expansion and all ROAD FC fighters, the ROAD FC Official Gym in Gangnam, Seoul has been constructed. This state-of-the-art facility is approximately 500 square meters, has a cage built to ROAD FC specifications, and generous mat area for martial arts training and CrossFit. Famous Korean MMA fighter Seo Doo-Won, formerly of the National Wrestling Team, is the Head Coach.

ROAD FC is the stage where legends shine, rookies thrill, and epic battles are waged that determine the future of MMA. From the pageantry of the grand entrance to the final crunch of the KO, ROAD FC showcases the very best of Mixed Martial Arts sports and entertainment.

As we say in Korea, “Fighting!”

For updates please visit the ROAD FC website at www.ROADFC.com and the Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/roadfightingchampionship.