Road FC 23 took place at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul last Saturday night and bantamweight champion Yoon Chun Lee made a successful first defence of the title he won last year in the main event.

Lee claimed the title with a first round KO win over Jae Hoon Moon at Road FC 20 but was given much rougher ride by Jae Hoon Moon who pushed the champion all the way in a fight which went the full three rounds.

The fight started at a fast pace with both men tagging each other with quick punching combinations in what was turning out to be a straightforward striking match between two of the top bantamweights in South Korea.

The second stanza saw Lee trying to get the fight to the ground, something he eventually succeeded in doing after catching one of Moon’s kicks with the champion moving into half guard but unable to land any sustained offence.

Both men were having their moments in some frenetic striking exchanges and the title seemed up for grabs going into round three. The fight finished with both men swinging wildly although Lee was moving forwards more and with 30 seconds to go he secured a second takedown.

The fight was sufficiently close to make for a nervous few minutes for the champion as the judge’s scorecards were tabulated but in the end all three voted in favour of Lee who moves up to 9-2 after a seventh straight win while Moon drops to 7-7.

Pride veteran Mu Bae Choi made his promotional debut in the co main event and the 44 year old took less than two minutes to finish Lucas Tani (1-3) putting the overmatched Brazilian heavyweight away with a barrage of ground and pound.

There was also a win for Emi Fujino (16-8) but she was pushed all the way by Korean debutant Jeong Eun Park (0-1) with the Japanese veteran coming away from their two round fight with a majority decision win.