ROAD Fighting Championship will move the entire ROAD FC 33 card from Hefei to Seoul next month, a result of cooling relations between the government’s of China and South Korea.
The event was scheduled to take place on 10 September at the Hefei Sports Center, but will now be held at the 6,000-seat Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul.
An official statement from ROAD FC said: “Due to overwhelming demand from our home Korean fan base, the entire card has ben moved to the 6,000-seat Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul.”
Unofficially however, tensions between China and South Korea have been on ice after Seoul announced plans to deploy a US made anti-missile defence system earlier this month. Across Mainland China, this has resulted in Korean TV dramas been pulled from TV screen, along with other forms of entertainment.
Earlier this month Variety reported that Chinese-Korean co-productions and talent are to be restricted as part of the reprisal measures.
Several Korean companies also said that their Chinese partner had been given verbal instructions from China’s Film Bureau that planned co-productions would not be approved.
For ROAD FC, its 33rd card remains in tact and additional bouts have been added to serve its Korean fan base.
The Openweight Tournament Championship Final between Choi Hong-Man and Mighty Mo will now serving as the headline bout.
Several previously announced matches will now take place on ROAD FC 34 in China, and four more matches have been added to ROAD FC 33.
This includes a match up between Shinji Sasaki (16-9-3) and Bruno Miranda (8-1), both are 3-0 in ROAD FC and rank at the top of the lightweight division.
Sasaki is considered one of Japan’s best grapplers in MMA, but his 40-second KO of Park Won-Sik proved he’s just as dangerous standing. Miranda is one of the top strikers in Asia right now, but his quick choke of Jung Doo-Je reminded fans he’s not one-dimensional.
Both will finally face each other, with the winner likely to get the next lightweight title shot.
Two bantamweights stars will face off when top Korean prospect Kim Min-Woo takes on Shooto Pacific Rim Champion Yuta Nezu.
In a women’s -54kg catchweight match China’s Lin Heqin will face South Korea’s Kim Hae-In in a bout that will pit rivaling countries in their homegrown sports of Sanda and Taekwondo.
Here’s the ROAD FC 33 card as it currently stands. All fights for the ROAD FC undercard will be released shortly.
Openweight Tournament Championship Final
Choi Hong-Man vs Mighty Mo
Hong Young-Ki vs Uesako Hiroto
-72.5 Catchweight Match
Shinji Sasaki vs Bruno Miranda
Kim Min-Woo vs Nezu Yuta
Park Won-Sik vs Abe Ukyo
Nandin Erdene vs Ki Won-Bin
Women’s -54 Catchweight Match
Lin Heqin vs Kim Hae-In
Kim Nae-Chul vs Park Jung-Kyo