26 December, 2016 – ROAD Fighting Championship announces the first match for the International Trials in the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament “Road to A-Sol”: Legendary MMA veteran Melvin Guillard will face Korean hot prospect Kim Seung-Yeon. Round 1 of the International Trials will take place on February 11, 2017 at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea.
Melvin Guillard (32-16-2-3, Free) is a fighter who needs no introduction to MMA fans. With a record high of eight KOs in the UFC, the WSOF and Bellator veteran has brought an incredible amount of excitement to his performances. Guillard has wins over such notables as Marcus Davis, Gleison Tibau, Jeremy Stephens, Evan Dunham, Ronys Torres and Mac Danzig. He is thinking big with a new phase of his career in ROAD FC, and a massive purse should he take the whole tournament.
Kim Seung-Yeon (2-1, Ssabi MMA) faces a massive task in his fight with Guillard, but the opportunity to be in the $1 Million Tournament brings out the best in him. Kim was a karate champion before training in MMA. His transition took place on South Korea’s MMA reality television show “Crying Fist” where he ended up winning the season. His debut pro performances were fast, technical KOs and earned him nominations for both ROAD FC’s Rookie of the Year and KO of the Year. Although he lost his recent fight against Bruno Miranda, he’s sure to have learned from the experience and will know what he’s facing in Guillard.
Guillard versus Kim will be wizened veteran versus speed of youth, but expect both men to go right for the KO in their quest for the $1 Million prize!
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The card will fill out with nine more matches in the opening round of the International Trials for seeding in the 16-man ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament “Road to A-Sol”.
As previously announced, former ROAD FC Champion Riki Fukuda versus Kim Nae-Chul will be a battle of two powerful middleweights who are working for the right to challenge ROAD FC Middleweight Champion Cha Jung-Hwan. Plus, two bantamweights drop to flyweight as Moon Jea-Hoon meets Nakahara Taiyo to determine the new powerhouse in the division.
Event: Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 036
Date: Saturday, 11 February, 2017
Place: Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Live in Korea on MBC Sports+
Live in China on CCTV
Live in Japan on Abema
Live internationally on Epicentre.tv
Riki Fukuda vs Kim Nae-Chul
International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Melvin Guillard vs Kim Seung-Yeon
Nakahara Taiyo vs Moon Jea-Hoon
By: Roberto Villa
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