ROAD Fighting Championship 053 took place on May 18, 2019 as the historic first professional Mixed Martial Arts event on the famous Jeju Island in South Korea. The $1 Million Lightweight Title Fight between Champion Kwon A-Sol and Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui was the main event, and Barnaoui came out victorious with a perfect performance.
ROAD FC Lightweight Championship
ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol and $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Winner Mansour Barnaoui finally met in the cage after two year’s of elimination rounds of more than 40 competitors leading up to the 16-man tournament.
It was a very quick engagement from both men in the clinch with Barnaoui getting the better of it and landing big punches to Kwon’s head until he could drag him down. Barnaoui continued to pound, and stuck like glue as Kwon twisted and turtled. Once he got the back, Barnaoui cooly held on to a tight rear naked choke, and Kwon had to tap.
Mansour Barnaoui becomes the new ROAD FC Lightweight Champion after an incredible run in the tournament, and walks away with $1 million!
ROAD FC 053 recap:
Openweight sluggers Aorigele and Heo Jae-Hyeok came out of their corners like freight trains crashing. It wasn’t long before the devastating blow landed, and once again Aorigele’s massive fists put away another opponent. Heo was incredibly brave to take the fight on less than a week’s notice!
Firefighter Shin Dong-Guk blasted in on Hayashi Tamotsu in their rematch, and even while Hayashi was able to reverse to top position, he took a beating. When the referee stood them up, it was a gigantic exchange on the feet, and Shin once again walked away with another win by huge TKO.
Kim Tae-In was able to get a rapid finish of Lim Dong-Hwan by going into the clinch, getting him down, and pounding him out until the referee’s stoppage.
Yang Ji-Ho and Park Hyung-Geun finally had their match in the cage, and they came at each other with heavy striking and grinding clinches. Yang stumbled Park with punches and they each got takedowns in the first round. Yang swung for the fences in the second with sporadic results, but it was enough for him to take the win on the scorecards.
Young Guns 42
In the Young Guns 42 main event, Park Seok-Han and Kubo Kenta traded damaging kicks in the first round and mixed it up in the second. Park turned the tide with a takedown and rear naked choke for the night’s first submission win.
Flyweights Go Gi-Won and Hwang Chang-Hwan played an uncharacteristic technical game of tag, but after two penalties, Go picked it up in the second. A knockdown was enough and Go got the UD victory.
Yoon Tae-Young started his pro career with a display of his kickboxing skills, and knocked down Lim Byeong-Ha in the second round for a TKO win.
In the solo women’s bout of the night, Rowan Pilger worked for submissions on Yang Hee-Jo throughout the match to earn a unanimous decision.
To a roaring local crowd, Jeju native Shin Ji-Seung put on a spirited opening performance against Ji Young-Min. Shin was aggressive and scored with takedowns and strong ground control to win the decision.
New Wave MMA 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: ROAD Fighting Championship 053
Date: May 18, 2019
Venue: Halla Gymnasium
City: Jeju Island, South Korea
Goobnemall ROAD FC 053 Official Results
ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Championship
Mansour Barnaoui def Kwon A-Sol by Submission, rear naked choke, R1 3:44
Aorigele def Heo Jae-Hyeok by TKO, R1 0:50
Shin Dong-Guk def Tamotsu Hayashi by TKO, R1 2:50
Yang Ji-Ho def Park Hyun-Geun by Unanimous Decision
90kg Catchweight Match
Kim Tae-In def Lim Dong-Hwan by TKO, pounding, R1 0:45
Young Guns 42
Park Seok-Han def Kubo Kenta by Submission, rear naked choke, R2 4:25
Go Gi-Won def Hwang Chang-Hwan by Unanimous Decision
Yoon Tae-Young def Lim Byeong-Ha by TKO, R2 1:27
Women’s Bantamweight Match
Rowan Pilger def Yang Hee-Jo by Unanimous Decision
68kg Catchweight Match
Shin Ji-Seung def Ji Young-Min by Unanimous Decision