ROAD FC Middleweight Champion Lee Eun-Su won his title in November of 2012 but never defended it due to a knee severe injury. He will now relinquish it, and make a drop to welterweight.
The news was first reported on Naver, and confirmed to MMA-in-ASIA by ROAD FC. CEO Jung Moon-Hong stated, “I respect Lee’s decision. He will always be welcome to return to ROAD FC at any weight class, because he is one of Korea’s first generation of Mixed Martial Artists”.
Lee won the title by knocking out defending Champion Shungo Oyama in the first round at ROAD FC 10. He had a title defense planned against Ikuhisa Minowa in early 2013, but broke his knee cap in training and the match was called off. Instead, Minowaman faced Son Hye-Seok and lost to him by KO, throwing the middleweight rankings into disarray.
Since then, ROAD FC has added more middleweights to the roster, including a massive showdown between Riki Fukuda and Yoon Dong-Sik at the upcoming ROAD FC 16 on July 26th. ROAD FC will announce a contenders match for Lee’s vacated title at a later date.
Lee’s return to MMA at a lighter weight class was stipulated by his doctor following the knee surgery.