THE UFC VETERAN GETS QUICKFIRE STOPPAGE WIN IN JAPAN.
Riki Fukuda made short work of Uh Jun Jeon on Saturday night to become the new Road FC middleweight champion. The UFC veteran was fighting in his homeland at the organization’s first ever card in Tokyo and never looked like losing against the overmatched Korean.
Road FC 24 took place at the Differ Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo and this middleweight title match served as the main event.
Fukuda looked confident from the offset, landing some hard body kicks from the southpaw stance and taking Jeon down with relative ease.
The Korean was content to backtrack and try the occasional haymaker but this strategy was never going to be enough to score him an upset win against Fukuda. Less than two minutes into the fight Jeon allowed himself to be backed up onto the cage and basically ceased defending intelligently as Fukuda went to work with uppercuts and knees.
The referee gave Jeon every opportunity to either escape or throw something back but the Korean was incapable of stopping or even slowing Fukuda’s onslaught and eventually sank to his knees where a few follow up punches left the official with no option but to step in and stop the contest.
Fukuda replaces former Road FC 185 lbs champion Eun Su Lee who won the title in 2012 but has not fought since due to a serious knee injury. His record improves to 23-7-0-1 after a 4th win since being released from the UFC while Jeon drops to 3-4.
The event also saw the return of 350 lbs Pride veteran Hong Man Choi (2-4) but his comeback didn’t go according to plan with ‘The Techno Goliath’ knocked out by Carlos Toyota (6-6) barely 90 seconds into the opening round.
One Korean whose career is heading very much in the right direction is Soo Chul Kim (11-5). After stopping three UFC veterans in his last three fights he extended the winning streak to four with a first round guillotine win over Taiyo Nakahara (14-8) on Saturday night.
The night which featured numerous Korea vs Japan matchups and honours were shared almost evenly between the two nations. Dong Sik Yoon (9-8) scored a split decision win over Daiju Takase (12-15) in a clash of veterans while Ikuhisa Minowa (60-38-8) beat Dae Sung Kim (2-4) by unanimous decision.