January 8, 2017 – ROAD Fighting Championship announces the ROAD FC homecoming of Nam Yui-Chul, former ROAD FC Lightweight Champion. He has been invited into the International Trials for the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament.
Nam Yui-Chul (18-6-1, Team Posse) began his promising MMA career by going undefeated and winning the Spirit MC 70kg Championship in 2006. He then competed in M-1 and Legend FC, and fought on the very first ROAD FC card in 2010. Nam won the ROAD FC Lightweight title by defeating Masahiro Toryu, Vuyisile Colossa and current Pancrase King Kume Takasuke in the 2012-13 Lightweight Tournament.
Nam versus Kume was an incredible fight from two strong fighters with great heart, therefore Kume was given the first chance to challenge Nam for the belt. The second meeting proved why Nam was the champion. He delivered a masterful and dominating performance. Subsequently, he was released and allowed to sign with UFC. Nam’s first challenge was against Kazuki Tokudome in what ended up earning him Fight of the Night honors. He fought twice more in UFC in the featherweight division, and lost both by closely contested split decisions, then was released by the promotion.
After over one year off for injury rehabilitation, Nam Yui-Chul will return to ROAD FC as a participant in the International Trials. He is expected to debut in the second round in April, having earned a bye.
“I am excited to return, and during the year off I still continued to train and grow stronger. I know I can showcase my skills in ROAD FC, and I’m happy to come home. This is where eventually I will retire.”
Xiaomi ROAD FC 036
At Xiaomi ROAD FC 036 on February 11, 2017 at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea, Round 1 of the International Trials for the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament “Road to A-Sol” will take place. Legendary MMA veteran Melvin Guillard will face Korean hot prospect Kim Seung-Yeon. The card will fill out with eight 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
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