Riki Fukuda and Kim Nae-Chul went toe-to-toe in the main event of ROAD FC 36 at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, to cap a huge night for the South Korean promotion.

The massive middleweights ran the gamut of power punching, brutal clinch work and surprising grappling attacks. Both fighters racked up point after point on the scorecards, but it was Fukuda who edged out at the final decision.

Fukuda will now be the next title challenger to ROAD FC Middleweight Champion Cha Jung-Hwan, in a rematch that Fukuda hopes will see his title restored to him.

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Controversial pro wrestler Yoshiko made her MMA debut against newcomer Chun Sun-Yoo and it was every bit as thrilling as expected. Yoshiko’s unpolished brawling contrasted with the much taller Chun’s technique, but very quickly it didn’t matter. Yoshiko landed a punch that toppled Chun unconscious in just over two minutes.

Cross-straits standouts Taiyo Nakahara and Moon Jea-Hoon made the drop to flyweight as contenders, and put on a clear style versus style match. Moon stuck to his Taekwondo and Nakahara to his grappling, each staying true to form. Nakahara’s work ended up edging out Moon’s on the scorecards.

The international trials for the ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament also kicked into gear at ROAD FC 36, with seven fighters advancing to the seed of the 16-man opening round.

Shinji Sasaki, Leo Kuntz, Park Dae-Sung, Shamil Zavurov, Toninho Furia, Kim Chang-Hyun and Ronys Torres are now a step closer to facing reigning champion A-Sol Kwon

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The final match of the International Trials saw former title challenger Shinji Sasaki and Albert Cheng fight a frustrating three-rounder that was not without points of contention.

Cheng showed off his clinchwork but smashed a knee across Sasaki’s shorts that sent him to the canvas. Sasaki came back with attempts to grapple. Cheng got point deductions for a second low blow and stalling in the stand up for his failure to engage, and when it came for decision time it mattered. Sasaki won on the scorecards.

Hong Kong-based grappling powerhouse Rodrigo Caporal was unsuccessful in his bid for the tournament, with superrookie Park Dae-Sung getting the win.

In the Trials Reserve matches, Park Hae-Jin won a rock ’em sock ’em match against Cho Young-Seung, and Ki Won-Bin knocked out Jeong Jae-Il in the first round.

Official Results: ROAD FC 36

Middleweight Match
Riki Fukuda def Kim Nae-Chul
Unanimous Decision

International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Sasaki Shinji def Albert Cheng
Unanimous Decision

International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Leo Kuntz def Hong Young-Ki
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1:47 of R3

International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Park Dae-Sung def Rodrigo Caporal
Split Decision 2:1

Women’s Openweight Match
Hirano Yoshiko def Chun Sun-Yoo
KO, 2:01 of R1

International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Shamil Zavurov def Kim Won-Gi
Unanimous Decision

Main Card

Flyweight Match
Nakahara Taiyo def Moon Jea-Hoon by UD

International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Toninho Furia def Lee Hyung-Seok by UD

International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Kim Chang-Hyun def Andy Main by UD

International Trials for Lightweight Tournament Match
Ronys Torres def Ermek Tlauov by Submission, Guillotine, R1 4:47

Reserve Lightweight Match
Park Hae-Jin def Cho Young-Seung
Unanimous Decision

Reserve Lightweight Match
Ki Won-Bin def Jeong Jae-Il
TKO 0:59 of R1

Opening matches

Lightweight Match
Min Kyeong-Chul def Cho Young-Jun
TKO 4:45 of R1

Flyweight Match
Seo Dong-Soo def Park Su-Wan
TKO 1:48 of R1

Bantamweight Match
Seo Jin-Soo def Lee Seong-Su
Unanimous Decision