Xiaomi ROAD FC 037 update: Shinashi vs Lee for ROAD FC XX, Young Guns 32 announced

February 15, 2017 – ROAD Fighting Championship is proud to announce the first matches for ROAD FC XX and Young Guns 32, both on Xiaomi ROAD FC 037 on March 11, 2017 at the Grand Hilton Convention Center in Seoul, South Korea. 

On ROAD FC XX, the first all-female fight card for ROAD FC, young prospect Lee Ye-Ji will rematch Shinashi Satoko, pioneer of women’s MMA. For the Young Guns 32 preliminary card, former Shooto Champion Nezu Yuta returns against Jang Ik-Hwan.

Lee Ye-Ji vs Shinashi Satoko

“Schoolgirl Fighter” Lee Ye-Ji (2-2, Team J) began her pro MMA career at just 16 years of age. As a junior, she competed in kickboxing and judo, then transitioned to MMA and was successful in ROAD FC amateur Central League. Lee fought back to back MMA queens coming out of retirement, Shinashi first and Hisae Watanabe next.  She put on impressive performances but lost to the veterans. Next she faced fellow Japanese standout rookie Natsuki Shimomakise from the Shooto amateur ranks who had also faced tough veterans in Rika Hamada and Emi Tomimatsu. Lee reversed her fortune and won that match, then defeated Hana Date to bring her record even.

“Princess” Shinashi Satoko (35-2-2, Independent) is a legendary female fighter who is the former Smackgirl and DEEP Women’s Flyweight Champion. She’s an incredible judoka with a grappling game that has earned her a fantastic 21 arm lock finishes. Shinashi retired from MMA to start a family in 2009, but her return from retirement in 2014 has seen her going 6-0 with no signs of slowing down, even at 40 years old.

Will this rematch between Lee and Shinashi see the rookie overthrow the veteran, or will the veteran rack up another win in her legendary career?

Nezu Yuta vs Jang Ik-Hwan

Nezu Yuta (19-9-1, Team & Mosh) is a former Shooto Champion with a brutally effective Muay Thai style. He has wins over “Wicky” Nishiura and Motonobu Tezuka, and the only time he was finished was by world-ranker Kyoji Horiguchi. Nezu earned a highlight-reel head kick over Park Hyung-Geun and put on a thrilling battle against Moon Je-Hoon, but with that being a decision loss followed by a 15 second KO by bantamweight title challenger Lim Min-Woo, Nezu is hungry to get back to his stellar record.

Jang Ik-Hwan (4-1, Team Posse) is the Korea Federation of Muay Thai Champion and K-1 winning competitor who made an excellent transition to MMA. He rides a three-fight win streak of all finishes, including one by surprising submission. A liver kick floored his last opponent Yang Junkai, and at a whopping 177cm tall, his legs will be a threat to anyone across the cage from him. 

Will Nezu mount his comeback over a fellow Muay Thai vet, or will Jang raise his value with a win over a massive veteran?


Previously announced as participating in ROAD FC XX will be boxing champion Raika Emiko, Muay Thai champion Shim Yoo-Ree, Taekwondo medalist Kim Hae-In, wushu medallist Lim So-Hee, “Little Wolf” Park Jeong-Eun, “Cage Vixen” Hong Yoon-Ha, and “Female Kwon A-Sol” Kang Jin-Hee.

Event: Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 037

Date: Saturday, 11 March, 2017

Place: Grand Hilton Convention Centre, Seoul, South Korea

ROAD FC XX Main Card

Women’s -46.5kg Catchweight Match

Lee Ye-Ji vs Shinashi Satoko

Young Guns 32 Preliminary Card

Bantamweight Match

Nezu Yuta vs Jang Ik-Hwan

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