For release on February 19, 2019 – ROAD FC Fighting Championship 052 takes place this Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. The main event will final match for the ROAD FC $1 Million Tournament between Shamil Zavurov and Mansour Barnaoui.
After three regional trials and an international trial start up, sixteen fighters made it to the opening round of the ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament: Road to A-Sol. Champions and elite fighters from all across the globe made up the field. Out of more than 40 contestants, the finalists came down to two men at ROAD FC 046: Shamil Zavurov and Mansour Barnaoui.
Promo video: https://youtu.be/
Shamil Zavurov (35-5-1, Akhmat Fight Club) is the Octagon FS Champion. In the Tournament, he defeated Kim Wong-Gi, Leo Kuntz, and Khuukhenkhuu Amartuvshin all by decision. In the semifinals, he went the distance with Ronys Torres, showing superb tactics and brutal kicks for a Unanimous Decision win. Zavurov has relentless takedowns and grueling wrestling, plus his striking acumen was revealed against Torres. Training with his cousin, UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, definitely puts an edge on his incredible strength.
Shamil Zavurov highlights: https://youtu.be/
Shamil Zavurov vs Ronys Torres highlights: https://youtu.be/
Mansour Barnaoui (17-4, Team Magnum) is the former M-1 and BAMMA Champion. He has first round submissions over Ki Won-Bin, Kim Chang-Hyun, and Nandin-Erdene in the Tournament. In the semifinals, he went into the third round in a highlight reel-worthy match with Kota Shimoishi, and finished him with a rear naked choke. Barnaoui is a young phenom with excellent timing and flawless grappling, who has proven he can finish or deliver non-stop punishment through the later rounds. Utilizing Tristar Gym for his fight camp, Barnaoui added dimensions to his game with former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.
Mansour Barnaoui highlights: https://youtu.be/
Mansour Barnaoui vs Nandin Erdene highlights: https://youtu.be/
Two of the best lightweights in the world, Shamil Zavurov and Mansour Barnaoui, come together in the final match of the $1 Million Tournament, with the ROAD FC Lightweight Championship challenge against Kwon A-Sol quickly on the horizon for the winner.
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Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 052
Date: February 23, 2019
Venue: Jangchung Arena
City: Seoul, South Korea
Live broadcast partners:
Main Card: 19:00KST
ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final Match
Shamil Zavurov vs Mansour Barnaoui
Kim Min-Woo vs Moon Jea-Hoon
Bruno Miranda vs Hong Young-Ki
Jang Ik-Hwan vs Jang Dae-Young
80kg Catchweight Match
Kim Seung-Yeon vs Ki No-Joo
Michel Pereira vs Kim Dae-Sung
Young Guns 41: 16:00KST
Yang Hae-Jun vs Lim Dong-Hwan
-64kg Catchweight Match
Shin Seung-Min vs Jung Sang-Jin
Hong Jung-Gi vs Kim Tae-Sung
Hwang Chang-Hwan vs Lee Seong-Su
Lee Jeong-Hyeon vs Park Su-Wan