ROAD Fighting Championship previously announced that the Openweight title match between Champion Mighty Mo and Myung Hyun-Man was postponed due to an injury to Myung only one week before the event. The battle for the Contender to face Featherweight Champion Choi Mu-Gyeom between hot prospects Kim Se-Yeong and Lee Jeong-Yeong will become the main event of Xiaomi ROAD FC 046.
Kim Se-Yeong (5-3, Team Korea MMA) is a young and strong prospect who is so far undefeated. He’s already faced international competition, making his pro debut in China at ROAD FC 030. Kim has a talented group of fighters to learn from including ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol and former Bantamweight Champion Lee Yun-Jun.
Lee Jeong-Yeong (6-1, Ssen Gym) is a 23-year old submission ace with an excellent amateur record before he turned pro in 2014. His recent winning streak was showcased with a final split decision in a thrilling match with veteran Kim Ho-Jun.
Kim and Lee first met each other at ROAD FC 039 in a bout that was non-stop action to the final bell. Both fighters were strategic and showed why they are up-and-coming fighters to watch, yet both aggressively went for the finish. Kim gained the edge in points and was awarded the victory. A rematch was immediately agreed upon, but it was delayed when Kim was injured in training. Instead, Lee faced tough veteran grappler Marcio Cesar and showed a brilliant and vicious performance, getting the TKO victory.
Kim and Lee represent the next generation of well-rounded, strong Korean MMA fighters. With the fireworks they presented last time, Kim versus Lee 2 should be even more of a thriller, and this time there’s a whole lot more riding on the outcome: a chance to face the reigning Featherweight Champ, Choi Mu-Gyeom!
$1 Million Lightweight Tournament Semifinals
The four fighters in the semifinals for the $1 Million Tournament represent the best lightweights from across the globe. They are all ranked at the top in their country, and have held titles in highly respected promotions such as M-1, Shooto Brazil, and BAMMA. All have fought at least four matches to get to this point, and combined, they’ve accrued a tally of 126 professional MMA fights.
Ronys Torres versus Shamil Zavurov is a contrast in grappling styles between the best lightweights from Brazil and Russia in this semifinals match. Torres likes to show off his superb technique to get the finish, while Zavurov is willing to grind his opponents down round after round.
Shimoishi Kota versus Mansour Barnaoui will two very different approaches to showcase power, timing and technique in their semifinals match. Shimoishi quickly engages to get the fight to the ground, while Barnaoui looks for the opening to finish in any position, standing or grappling.
Crying Fist vs Fearless Guys
In the battle of the reality TV stars, three former “Crying Fist” graduates will take on their counterparts from the new “Fearless Guys” show on MBC. In a catchweight match, Taekwondo master Hong Young-Ki (3-4, Team Korea MMA) will face aggressive kickboxer Eom Tae-Woong (debut, Octagon Gym). Park Hyung-Geun (2-3-1, Ssabi MMA) will welcome Moon Jin-Hyuk (debut, Apgujeong Gym) to the ROAD FC cage at bantamweight. At openweight, “Yakuza” Kim Jae-Hun (0-2, Team Korea MMA) will belly up to kickboxer Heo Jae-Hyeok (debut, IB Gym).
Xiaomi ROAD FC 046
Opening up Part 2 with a bantamweight flash grenade, Alatengheili (10-7-1, Team Alt) is fully recovered and back to face standout Jang Ik-Hwan (6-1, Team Posse).
On Part 1, Kim Nae-Chul returns against 2017 standout rookie Hwang In-Su, so expect fireworks when these two fast and accurate strikers engage. China’s surging superheavy Ma Anding (14-2, Baoligao MMA) will face Japan’s super-experienced Hamada Junpei (10-18-1-1, Makoto Gym). Featherweights rising to recognition Park Hae-Jin (5-1, Ssen Gym) and Cho Byeong-Oak (4-3, Team MOB) will seek to climb up the division’s rankings. Huang Zhenyue (9-4, Guangdong Glory Fight Club) versus Min Kyeong-Chul (4-2, Team Poma) promises to be a showdown of thrilling proportions. Against hot new prospect Lim Dong-Hwan (2-0, Team Strong Wolf), veteran La In-Jae (6-0-1, Team Korea MMA) steps up on late notice to add to the excitement of the developing welterweight division.