ROAD FC’s Wonju, Korea homecoming was nothing short of an amazing night. The Chiak Gymnasium was at capacity and boomed with enthusiasm from start to finish.
The opening fight of the night between was two massive veterans of Asian MMA, “Parky” Park Won-Sik and Shinji Sasaki. Prominent grappler Sasaki stunned the crowd with a rapid fire attack that consisted of a fake to the right and a roundhouse from the left that sent Parky slammed back into the canvas and the cage.
When Lee Ye-Ji and Shimomakise Natsuki heard the cage door close, the smiles came off and the fists came out. It seemed to be a clear-cut striker versus grappler scenario, with Lee putting in the work from the top on her feet and grounded. But when Shimomakise got a takedown and brought the fight into her foray, Lee showed that she owns grappling skills as well by throwing up her legs to catch an armbar submission win.
In the co-main event, Wonju native and top Korean fighter Kim Soo-Chul faced yet another massive veteran in his career in Marcus Brimage. Fans were treated to a barn burner as neither would back off, even when a head clash opened up a huge gash in Brimage’s brow. Fortunately, it didn’t stop the fight which delightfully went to the bell. Kim’s shoots, a head kick that floored Brimage in the second, and his knees in the clinch helped him score another incredible win.
The main event was a stunning challenge for Choi Mu-Gyeom’s second ROAD FC Featherweight defense against the perennial warhorse Marlon Sandro. Choi used his evasive sniper style beautifully, keeping Sandro at bay just long enough to bait him into pushing the action. Choi surprised the crowd with some very smart and aggressive domination in takedowns and ground control, while both he and Sandro traded some amazing and flashy flying knees, kicks and combinations throughout the course of the fight. Choi’s ability to rock Sandro in the second and keep the fight in his control awarded him with a beautiful win, and the right to keep the ROAD FC Featherweight title one more time.
Next up for the Korean promotion is ROAD FC 30 in Beijing on 16 April.