Road FC 28 took place at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul last Sunday night and was headlined by a title fight between reigning middleweight champion Riki Fukuda and challenger Cha Jung-Hwan.
Fukuda had not lost a fight since being released by the UFC in 2013 but his winning streak came to a sudden halt when Hwan landed a left hook followed by a right hook which sent the Japanese veteran falling face first into the canvass.
Fukuda has only been stopped with strikes once before in his MMA career, and that was in 2006 so the manner of the stoppage was something of a surprise. It sees Hwan capture the Road FC 185 lbs title and extend his undefeated streak to four years.
With the win the Korean improves to 12-6-3 and Hwan is on the best form of his career having gone 4-0-2 in his last six fights. Fukuda drops to 23-8-0-1 after suffering his first ever loss for Road FC.
Hwan has spent the majority of his career competing at 170 lbs and after the fight he suggested that he still wanted to compete at welterweight.
“I’m a welterweight fighter so I’m really thankful to Road FC for giving me the chance to fight for the Middleweight belt. I wanted to quit after the first round because my ribs are really hurt, but so many fans came to see me so I could not give up. Thank you all so much.”
The co-main event went the distance with Jae Hoon Moon (8-7) defeating Yuta Nezu (19-8-1) by split decision. However the Koreans didn’t have it all their own way on the scorecards as Heili Alateng (5-5) beat Min Seok Kwon by split decision.
Cha Jung-Hwan defeats Fukuda Riki
KO (Punch) at 2:37 of 2R
Moon Jea-Hoon defeats Nezu Yuta
Alatengheili defeats Kwon Min-Seok
Park Jeong-Eun defeats Liu Xiaoni
Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:24 of 2R
Kim Hyung-Su defeats Cho Byung-Oak