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ROAD Fighting Championship announces the opening of ROAD FC 054 which will take place on June 15, 2019 in Wonju, South Korea. Stand out middleweight rookie Hwang In-Su returns, and the full Young Guns 43 undercard is open.
ROAD FC 054 additional bouts
Middleweight stand out rookie Hwang In-Su (4-0, Team MAD) returns to face Choi Won-Jun (3-3, MMA Story) a heavy hitter with submission skills. Hwang was pulled from a fight with Yang Hae-Jun due to injury, and now fully recovered, he’ll take to the cage again. Choi put in a good performance to earn a decision over Jeon Uh-Jin but then was on the receiving end of a KO by acrobat Michel Pereira, so he is hungry to get back to winning by defeating a strong rookie.
Bantamweights Yoo Jae-Nam (6-8, Road Gym Wonju) and Kim Tae-Gyun (2-4, Team Finish) will meet in an effort to climb back into the rankings. Yoo recently won a revenge victory by choke out over Han Yi-Moon to get himself out of a rut. Kim defeated hot Chinese prospect Wang Deyu, but then lost to newcomer Yuki Ito. Yoo is hoping to surge back into his former prospect glory while Kim wants to redeem his recent loss, so this should be a hotly contested battle for pride.
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Young Guns 43
A women’s atomweight match between former title challenger Park Jeong-Eun (4-6-1, Team Strong Wolf) and Shim Yu-Ri (5-2, Team Genius), two very exciting fighters, will be the main event for the Young Guns 43 preliminary card. Park has been fighting at the very top of the division in ROAD FC, Japan and China, taking both ROAD FC Champion Ham Seo-Hee and DEEP stand out Tomo Maesawa to decisions last year. Shim is on a three-fight win streak with very strong displays of her sanda, Muay Thai, and Taekwondo. These young women have become fan favorites, and their inevitable meeting will cause sparks to fly in the division.
At featherweight, Muay Thai champion Oh Du-Seok (1-4, 5 Star Gym) will take on “Fearless Guys” TV show contestant Park Chan-Soo (1-0, Ssabi MMA). Oh is known for his striking acumen, and Park’s own amateur championship kickboxing skills are going to match well and make this a definite stand up war.
Park Jae-Seong (2-1, Road Gym Wonju) and Kim Young-Han (1-3, Team Hon) will present a contrast of styles in the bantamweight division. Park’s heavy wrestling game will be pitted against Kim’s striking skills. Kim enjoys being in the clinch as he’s shown in his lengthy amateur record, so Park will be forced to bring his A game.
Jang Jung-Hyuk (1-2, Kim Dae-Hwan MMA) and Choi Woo-Hyuk (4-2, Ssen Gym) are prospects looking to establish themselves in the lightweight division. They are both well-rounded and have great endurance, with Jang’s grappling being his strength and Choi’s in his striking.
National Muay Thai champion Kim Jin-Kuk (1-2, 5 Star Gym) will face well-rounded rookie Park Sung-Jun (0-1, Ssabi MMA) at bantamweight. Kim is still trying to find his footing after switching to MMA, so Park’s MMA style will present a good test.
At ROAD FC 054, Middleweight Champion La In-Jae will take on challenger Yang Hae-Jun in his first title defense. La will again be tested by the power of deep experience that challenger Yang has, however La wants to prove to the world that he’s no longer a prospect, but a champion.
ROAD FC 053
Prior to ROAD FC 054, ROAD FC 053 will take place on May 18 as the very first MMA event on the resort island of Jeju, South Korea. The main event will be the long-anticipated Lightweight Championship defense by Kwon A-Sol as he takes on $1 Million Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui. The co-main event will be the return of young Chinese heavyweight standout Aorigele against kickboxing legend Jérôme Le Banner.
Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 053
Date: May 18, 2019
Venue: Halla Gymnasium
City: Jeju Island, South Korea
ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Championship
Kwon A-Sol vs Mansour Barnaoui
Aorigele vs Jérôme Le Banner
Tamotsu Hayashi vs Shin Dong-Guk
Park Hyun-Geun vs Yang Ji-Ho
90kg Catchweight Match
Lim Dong-Hwan vs Kim Tae-In
Young Guns 42
Park Seok-Han vs Kubo Kenta
Go Gi-Won vs Hwang Chang-Hwan
Yoon Tae-Young vs Lim Byeong-Ha
Women’s Bantamweight Match
Yang Hee-Jo vs Rowan Pilger
68kg Catchweight Match
Shin Ji-Seung vs Ji Young-Min
Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 054
Date: June 15, 2019
Venue: Wonju Gymnasium
City: Wonju, South Korea
La In-Jae vs Yang Hae-Jun
Hwang In-Su vs Choi Won-Jun
Yoo Jae-Nam vs Kim Tae-Gyun
Young Guns 43
Women’s Atomweight Match
Park Jeong-Eun vs Shim Yu-Ri
Oh Du-Seok vs Park Chan-Soo
Park Jae-Seong vs Kim Young-Han
Jang Jung-Hyuk vs Choi Woo-Hyuk
Kim Jin-Kuk vs Park Sung-Jun
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.