18 December, 2015 – ROAD Fighting Championship will hold its first event in China in one week. The end of 2015 sees the global expansion into a second international city. XIAOMI presents ROAD FC 027 will take place in Shanghai at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center which seats 18,000 people. The event is sponsored by XIAOMI, the world’s third largest smart phone manufacturer and will be broadcast live on China’s state-run station CCTV, live streamed in China on CNTV, and live streamed internationally on Epicentre.tv.
The final press conference in South Korea was held on 17 December in Seoul at the ROAD FC Gym. The Korean fighters were in attendance for questions and demonstrations, along with the final six contestants in the search for the new ROAD Girl. “Techno Goliath” Choi Hong-Man demonstrated his amazing high knees, Choi Mu-Bae showed off his impressive wrestling strength, and Hong Young-Ki and Nam Ye-Hyun gave a rousing Taekwondo exhibition.
Photos from XIAOMI ROAD FC O27 CHINA PRESS CONFERENCE:
The following are quotes from the XIAOMI presents ROAD FC 027 in China fighters.
“My goal is to get back in the game, no matter the opponent. However, a lot of images of my opponent go through my mind when I’m training. Since my last fight, my weight has gone up a lot. My fans want to see a good fight out of me and I’m going to give them that.”
“I’ve just been training so that I can show a high level of skill when the time comes.”
“I was expecting to fight next in February but when I heard there was the Openweight Tournament I wanted to get right back in the game. Deep down inside, I feel I’m getting a little more comfortable with Mighty Mo (laughs). Life’s biggest challenge is ahead.”
“It has been an honor to participate in both of ROAD FC’s overseas events, Japan and now China. My opponent is strong, but I will carry the flag of Taekwondo into battle. I’m always ready to fight, it doesn’t matter who my opponent is. I also abide by this principle when I coach others. I will always try to represent Taekwondo. I’m interested in fighting many times to prove it, but right now my focus is on this day, I will be the hero.”
“My father is also my coach. He told me “You are not an idol, you’re a fighter, so the most important thing for you is fighting ability. And always be a modest fighter’. I will follow his advice.”
ROAD FC Openweight Tournament participants
Who do you think you will meet in the final of the Openweight Tournament finals?
Choi Hong-Man: Of course me.
Kim Jae-Hoon: I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m going to be in the final match.
Myung Hyun-Man: I think it will be me against Mu-Bae or Mighty Mo.
Choi Mu-Bae: I think I’m going to fight in the semifinal against Myung, and in the final with another Korean fighter (Choi Hong-Man). But I will just fight whomever ROAD points me at!
XIAOMI presents ROAD FC 027 in China
XIAOMI presents ROAD FC 027 will take place on 26 December at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, an 18,000-capacity venue. China’s corporate giant XIAOMI – the third largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world – is the title sponsor for ROAD FC 027 in Shanghai. Korea’s premier sports property will break into the China market with an unprecedented live broadcast on China’s state television broadcaster CCTV to a potential audience of over one billion people. This historic event will also air live on Qinghai TV and streamed on CNTV.
For this remarkable event, Asia’s finest MMA athletes will be competing against one another from Korea, China, Japan, and the USA. The very first Openweight Tournament in Asia will be held, featuring a rematch between famous veterans Mighty Mo Siliga and Choi Mu-Bae; China’s 140-kg prodigy Aorigele versus reality TV sensation Kim Jae-Hun; and Korea’s kickboxing KO artist Myung Hyun-Man versus China’s towering Liang Lingyu. Finally, Korean MMA superstar “Techno Goliath” Choi Hong-Man will also take part in the tournament against Luo Quanhao.
Also on ROAD FC 027 in CHINA, China’s top lightweight and UFC TUF China winner Zhang Lipeng will debut with ROAD FC against Korean Taekwondo master Hong Young-Ki in an action-packed style-versus-style match up. China’s “King of Sanda” Zhao Zilong will face Japanese pro-wrestling legend Minowa Man in a match with global appeal and historical significance.
The Main Card of Xiaomi Presents ROAD FC 027 in China will be broadcast live at 20:30 China Standard Time on CCTV in China. The event will be internationally streamed on Epicentre.tv. The full undercard will be broadcast in China on Qinghai TV at 19:00 CST.
Tickets are now on sale for XIAOMI presents ROAD FC 027 in China at 228.com.
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