ROAD FC IS HEADING TO TOKYO ON 25 JULY FOR A CARD WHICH WILL MATCH KOREAN FIGHTERS AGAINST JAPANESE ADVERSARIES INSIDE THE FAMOUS ARIAKE COLISEUM.
The Road FC 24 card will feature a number of Pride veterans with middleweights Yoon Dong-Sik and Daiju Takase going head to head in a matchup which was originally scheduled for March but was postponed after the Japanese fighter missed weight by a mere 0.3 kgs.
Sik (8-8) is 42 years old and the decorated Judoka has also featured for K-1 and Dream defeating the likes of Tarec Saffiedine and Melvin Manhoef. Takase (12-14-2) is five years younger than the Korean and his main claim to fame is a 2003 submission win against Anderson Silva.
In the other fight to have been confirmed so far be Mu-Bae Choi faces Yusuke Kawaguchi in another battle which pits experienced Korean and Japanese fighters against one another, this time in the heavyweight division.
Choi (11-4) is 44 years old and fought five times for Pride. He’s won two fights out of two since making his comeback in 2013 but faces a tough test against Kawaguchi who is a decade his junior and has been competing consistently against some of the better heavyweights in Japan.
The card will also see the return of Korean giant Hong Man Choi who will be fighting for the first time since 2009. He stands 7’2, weighs around 350 lbs and has notable losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko Crocop.
Choi (2-3) is known as the ‘Techno Goliath’ and he has also enjoyed success on the kickboxing circuit, beating Kaoklai Kaennorsing to win the K-1 Seoul Grand Prix in 2005. His opponent is yet to be announced for what will be a super heavyweight fight.
This will be Road FC’s first ever card outside of Korea and CEO Jung Moon-Hong feels it represents an inflection point for his promotion.
“We’ve worked towards this for the past five years, now all the rehearsals are over. Japan will led the advance, proving that we want to work together to expand Korean MMA around the world. ROAD FC will be South Korea’s first MMA league to export to a foreign country and it will surely be a success story.”