29 December, 2015 – On the week of the historic China – Korea Free Trade Agreement ratification, Premier Korean Mixed Martial Arts promotion ROAD Fighting Championship history on multiple fronts with the first event in China, ROAD FC 027 in Shanghai on 25 December, 2015. This marked the first successful attempt by a Korean sports property to enter the China market, and the first live showing of MMA on China state broadcaster CCTV.
ROAD FC 027 on CCTV5 captured fifth place in nationwide rankings in its timeslot. A near-capacity crowd of 14,000 watched live at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. The CCTV morning news, which airs on all stations broadcasting in China, recapped ROAD FC 027 for the entire country.
Chinese fighters showed heart, strength and skill against their Korean and Japanese counterparts, going 6 to 4 in overall results. Sanda king Zhao Zilong made a successful comeback to MMA with his TKO over Minowaman; the Japansse grappler could not find a hole in which to shoot for takedown, and when he attempted, he paid for it dearly. Co-Main Event’s Zhang Lipeng ate a few of Hong Young-Ki’s brutal kicks before brilliantly slapping on a standing back choke which sent Hong to the canvas while tapping out.
The quarterfinals of the Openweight Tournament produced highlight reel-worthy knockouts as anticipated. Myung Hyun-Man and Liang Lingyu looked to be competitive, but Myung landed combinations with such precision that ended the match in just 13 seconds. Mighty Mo and Choi Mu-Bae took their rematch deeper into the opening round than their first meeting and produced the same results; Mo’s heavy hands eventually slumped tough Choi to the ground. In a match referred to as the defacto “main event” because of the heated mud-slinging ahead of the match, Aorigele and Kim Jae-Hun swing at each other with nothing but bad intentions. Referee Herb Dean had to physically stop the fight by pulling Aorigele of Kim’s prone and battered body. In the Main Event, young up and comer Luo Quanhao threw everything he had at “Techno Goliath” Hong Man-Choi, but once in the clinch, Choi showed off his massive power with short shots that broke Luo’s nose, and knees that took away his willpower.
In the open in fights, Choi Jong-Chan made an impressive and controlling performance against Yibugele. China’s top female fighter Yan Xiaonan and transitioning Taekwondo fighter Nam Ye-Hyun had the crow on their feet, with Nam’s amazing boxing and incredible side kicks to the head earning her decisive victory. He Nannan definitely entertained once again as he out-showmanshipped Daisaku Tanaka, and outworked him with his big overhand right to the canvas.
The remaining bouts on ROAD FC 027 showcased some rousing action from Korea versus China. Nandinerdene and Bao Yincang were determined to make it fight of the night in their opening main card match up, with Nandinerdene getting the better of the fight. Zhao Zikang then reversed China’s luck with a close but well-rounded split decision over Choi Mu-Song.
By all accounts, ROAD FC 027 in China was a huge success. ROAD Fighting Championship looks forward to more events in China, Japan and the world during 2016 – the year of New Wave MMA: ROAD FC!
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!”
Event: XIAOMI presents ROAD Fighting Championship 027
Date: Saturday, 26 December, 2015
Place: Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China
- 1st -65.5kg Featherweight Match
Choi Jong-Chan defeats Yibugele by Unanimous Dcision 3:0
- 2nd -52kg Strawweight Match
Yan Xiaonan defeats Nam Ye-Hyun by Unanimous Decision 3:0
- 3rd -65.5kg Featherweight Match
He Nannan defeats Tanaka Daisaku by TKO at 1:52 of 1R
- 4th Open Tournament Quarter Final
Myung Hyun-Man defeats Liang Lingyu by KO at 0:13 of 1R
- 5th Open Tournament Quarter Final
Mighty Mo defeats Choi Mu-Bae by TKO, punches, at 3:43 of 1R
- 1st -70kg Lightweight Match
Nandinerdene defeats Bao Yincang by decision 3:0
- 2nd -61.5kg Bantamweight Match
Zhao Zikang defeats Choi Mu-Song by Split Decision 2:1
- 3rd -93kg Light Heavyweight Match
Zhao Zilong defeats Minowa Ikuhisa by TKO at 1:24 of 1R
- 4th Openweight Tournament Quarter Final
Aorigele defeats Kim Jae-Hun by TKO at 0:24 of 1R
- 5th -70kg Lightweight Match
Zhang Lipeng defeats Hong Young-Ki by submission at 3:23 of 1R
- 6th Openweight Tournament Quarter Final
Choi Hong-Man defeats Luo Quanhao by retirement at 1R
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