Jérôme Le Banner debuts with ROAD FC

 ROAD FC 053 OPENING ANNOUNCEMENTKICKBOXING LEGEND JEROME LE BANNER DEBUTS WITH ROAD FCLIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP KWON A-SOL FACES$1 MILLION TOURNAMENT WINNER MANSOUR BARNAOUI ROAD Fighting Championship announces the opening of ROAD FC 053 which will take place on May 18, 2019 on Jeju Island, South Korea. Kickboxing legend Jérôme Le Banner will make his debut with ROAD FC, and the Lightweight Title Fight between Champion Kwon A-Sol and $1 Million Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui will take place.   Kickboxing Legend Jérôme Le Banner Jérôme Le Banner is one of the most recognizable figures in the world of kickboxing. The French-born martial artist has won multiple K-1, ISKA, and WKN titles during almost three decades of fighting under striking rules. Le Banner has fought in well over one hundred matches across kickboxing, boxing, and MMA; his kickboxing record is 83-22 with an impressive 67 wins by knockout. Among his victories, he has defeated Tyrone Spong, Musashi, Remy Bojansky, Gary Goodridge, Mark Hunt, Dan Frye, Ernesto Hoost, Peter Aerts and Choi Hong-Man. Le Banner has challenged in MMA since 2001 with a record of 3-3, most notably defeating Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jimmy Ambriz. He was expected to debut one year ago at ROAD FC 047 in Bejing, China, but was sidelined with a knee injury. Le Banner will return to the cage once again to fight in an openweight bout at ROAD FC 035. His opponent will be announced shortly.  Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 053Date: May 18, 2019Venue: Halla GymnasiumCity: Jeju Island, South Korea ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight ChampionshipKwon A-Sol vs Mansour Barnaoui Openweight MatchJerome Le Banner vs TBA Lightweight MatchShin Dong-Guk vs Tamotsu Hayashi 90kg Catchweight MatchLim Dong-hwan vs Kim Tae-In Young Guns 42 68kg Catchweight MatchShin Ji-Seung vs Ji Young-Min 

ROAD FC 053 headlined by the Lightweight Championship

 ROAD FC 053 OPENING ANNOUNCEMENTLIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP KWON A-SOL FACES$1 MILLION TOURNAMENT WINNER MANSOUR BARNAOUI ROAD Fighting Championship announces the opening of ROAD FC 053 which will take place on May 18, 2019 on Jeju Island, South Korea. Kickboxing legend Jérôme Le Banner will make his debut with ROAD FC, and the Lightweight Title Fight between Champion Kwon A-Sol and $1 Million Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui will take place.    ROAD FC Lightweight Championship ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol (21-10, Team Korea MMA) claimed his title in 2014 with a win over Japanese stand out and current Pancrase Champion Kume Takasuke. He successfully defended it in a rubber match with Korean MMA original fighter Lee Kwang-Hee, and his last defense was a ground and pound victory over former Shooto Champion Shinji Sasaki. Kwon has watched the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament with interest, as over forty competitors fought their way through the brackets to reach him and the $1 million prize. Now he will finally get back in the cage after two years to face his biggest challenger: tournament finalist Mansour Barnaoui. Mansour Barnaoui (18-4, Team Magnum/TriStar Gym) is a former M-1 and BAMMA Champion. He has first round submissions over Ki Won-Bin, Kim Chang-Hyun, Nandin-Erdene, and Kota Shimoishi in the tournament. In the finals at ROAD FC 025, Barnaoui showed brilliant technique and planning, then finished a strong and aggressive Shamil Zavurov with a beautiful flying knee. Barnaoui has proven himself to be a talented and impressive fighter during his two years in ROAD FC. Finally he will have the gold belt and the $1 million prize in his sights as he faces the knock out power of Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol.  Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 053Date: May 18, 2019Venue: Halla GymnasiumCity: Jeju Island, South Korea ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight ChampionshipKwon A-Sol vs Mansour Barnaoui Openweight MatchJerome Le Banner vs TBA Lightweight MatchShin Dong-Guk vs Tamotsu Hayashi 90kg Catchweight MatchLim Dong-hwan vs Kim Tae-In Young Guns 42 68kg Catchweight MatchShin Ji-Seung vs Ji Young-Min 

Shin Dong-Guk and Tamotsu Hayashi rematch at ROAD FC 053

   ROAD FC 053 OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT KICKBOXING LEGEND JEROME LE BANNER DEBUTS WITH ROAD FC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP KWON A-SOL FACES $1 MILLION TOURNAMENT WINNER MANSOUR BARNAOUI  ROAD Fighting Championship announces the opening of ROAD FC 053 which will take place on May 18, 2019 on Jeju Island, South Korea. Kickboxing legend Jérôme Le Banner will make his debut with ROAD FC, and the Lightweight Title Fight between Champion Kwon A-Sol and $1 Million Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui will take place.       ROAD FC 053 Three more fights are announced for ROAD FC 053. Firefighter Fighter Shin Dong-Guk (2-1, ROAD Gym Wonju) will rematch Tamotsu Hayashi (6-4, Honey Trap). In their first meeting at ROAD FC 048, they were on their way to delivering the fight of the night when Shin's low blows stopped Hayashi from being able to continue. The match went to the score cards, and Shin's yellow card deductions meant that the Unanimous Decision went to Hayashi. Two 90kg prospects will face off, Lim Dong-hwan (3-3, Team Strong Wolf) versus Kim Tae-In (1-0, ROAD Jim Gangnam MMA). Lim won a bronze medal at the 2013 Asian Sambo Championships and gained MMA experience in the Central League and Young Guns, and put himself on the map with a brilliant KO of Park Jung-Kyo. Kim Tae-In is a champion amateur boxer with 15 wins to his credit, and in his ROAD FC debut, won his first victory by defeating slugger Kim Ji-Hoon. Young Guns 42 The first bout announced for the Young Guns 42 preliminary card is between a native of Jeju Island and a ROAD FC Central League tournament champion. Jeju native Shin Ji-Seung (debut, Team Sukkuda) has competed in amateur MMA under ROAD FC. Ji Young-Min (debut, Von Jiujitsu) recently won the featherweight tournament at the 46th ROAD FC Central League. This will be an important match for both prospects as they transition into their professional careers. Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 053 Date: May 18, 2019 Venue: Halla Gymnasium City: Jeju Island, South Korea ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Championship Kwon A-Sol vs Mansour Barnaoui Openweight Match Jerome Le Banner vs TBA Lightweight Match Shin Dong-Guk vs Tamotsu Hayashi 90kg Catchweight Match Lim Dong-hwan vs Kim Tae-In Young Guns 42 68kg Catchweight Match Shin Ji-Seung vs Ji Young-Min 

Young Guns 41 results

  ROAD FC YOUNG GUNS 41 OFFICIAL RESULTS ROAD FC Fighting Championship 052 took place on February 23, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. In the main event final match for the ROAD FC $1 Million Tournament, Mansour Barnaoui won, and in the co-main event Kim Min-Woo claimed the Bantamweight Championship.   Young Guns 41 preliminary card results In the Young Guns 41 main event, Yang Hae-Jun and Lim Dong-Hwan came out trading kicks, but once he was on the inside, Yang's experience prevailed. He got a head and arm throw and worked strongly into an americana and got the tapout. Jung Sang-Jin pressed the action in the first round against Shin Seung-Min and they came up with brutal clashes. In the second, An odd finish came about when Jung delivered a powerful knee that put Shin down, and the referee waived it off, to his protest. Grappler Hong Jung-Gi was determined to get the fight to the ground, but Kim Tae-Sung had his number and was able to deliver a liver kick that won him the TKO in the second round. Lee Seong-Su had a single leg takedown, then Hwang Chang-Hwan used a jumping knee to bloody his face. Hwang got a near submission off his back in the first round, and turned on the heat in the second with a knockdown and TKO by ground and pound. Two new and skilled young bantamweights opened the card with an action-packed back and forth match that ended with Park Su-Wan earning a split decision over Lee Jeong-Hyeon.  Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 052Date: February 23, 2019Venue: Jangchung ArenaCity: Seoul, South Korea MAIN CARD Official Results #6 ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final MatchMansour Barnaoui def Shamil Zavurov by KO, knee, R3 0:40 #5 Bantamweight ChampionshipKim Min-Woo def Moon Jea-Hoon by Submission, triangle, R1 2:25 #4 Lightweight MatchBruno Miranda def Hong Young-Ki by TKO, punches, R1 2:45 #3 Bantamweight MatchJang Ik-Hwan def Jang Dae-Young by Unanimous Decision #2 80kg Catchweight MatchKim Seung-Yeon def Ki No-Joo by TKO, R1 0:07 #1 Openweight MatchMichel Pereira def Kim Dae-Sung by TKO, knees, R2 YOUNG GUNS 41 Official Results #5 Middleweight MatchYang Hae-Jun def Lim Dong-Hwan by Submission, key lock R1 2:30 #4 -64kg Catchweight MatchJung Sang-Jin def Shin Seung-Min by TKO, knee, R2 1:15 #3 Featherweight MatchKim Tae-Sung def Hong Jung-Gi by TKO, kicks, R2 3:52 #2 Bantamweight MatchHwang Chang-Hwan def Lee Seong-Su by TKO, R2 3:56 #1 BantamweightPark Su-Wan def Lee Jeong-Hyeon by Split Decision 

New Bantamweight Champ is Kim Min-Woo

  ROAD FC 052 OFFICIAL RESULTSNEW BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION KIM MIN-WOO WINS BY SUBMISSION ROAD FC Fighting Championship 052 took place on February 23, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. In the main event final match for the ROAD FC $1 Million Tournament, Mansour Barnaoui won, and in the co-main event Kim Min-Woo claimed the Bantamweight Championship.    Bantamweight Championship Kim Min-Woo simply made no mistakes against his two-time rival, Moon Jea-Hoon. He stayed away from the first onslaught of high kicks, went for the takedown, and was able to maneuver into a triangle smoothly. In a win filled with emotion, Kim Min-Woo became the new ROAD FC Bantamweight Champion!    Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 052Date: February 23, 2019Venue: Jangchung ArenaCity: Seoul, South Korea MAIN CARD Official Results #6 ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final MatchMansour Barnaoui def Shamil Zavurov by KO, knee, R3 0:40 #5 Bantamweight ChampionshipKim Min-Woo def Moon Jea-Hoon by Submission, triangle, R1 2:25 #4 Lightweight MatchBruno Miranda def Hong Young-Ki by TKO, punches, R1 2:45 #3 Bantamweight MatchJang Ik-Hwan def Jang Dae-Young by Unanimous Decision #2 80kg Catchweight MatchKim Seung-Yeon def Ki No-Joo by TKO, R1 0:07 #1 Openweight MatchMichel Pereira def Kim Dae-Sung by TKO, knees, R2 YOUNG GUNS 41 Official Results #5 Middleweight MatchYang Hae-Jun def Lim Dong-Hwan by Submission, key lock R1 2:30 #4 -64kg Catchweight MatchJung Sang-Jin def Shin Seung-Min by TKO, knee, R2 1:15 #3 Featherweight MatchKim Tae-Sung def Hong Jung-Gi by TKO, kicks, R2 3:52 #2 Bantamweight MatchHwang Chang-Hwan def Lee Seong-Su by TKO, R2 3:56 #1 BantamweightPark Su-Wan def Lee Jeong-Hyeon by Split Decision 

Mansour Barnaoui wins $1 Mil Tournament

  ROAD FC 052 OFFICIAL RESULTSMANSOUR BARNAOUI WINS TOURNAMENT WITH A KNEE KO ROAD FC Fighting Championship 052 took place on February 23, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. In the main event final match for the ROAD FC $1 Million Tournament, Mansour Barnaoui won, and in the co-main event Kim Min-Woo claimed the Bantamweight Championship.  ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final Match Shamil Zavurov and Mansour Barnaoui traded kicks and jabs to open, and as soon as Barnaoui became comfortable in the clinch, Zavurov went for his bread and butter takedowns. Barnaoui did what no man has done, and reversed out of them, and Zavurov did the same by breaking out of Barnaoui's triangle. The second round opened with Zavurov sniping and Barnaoui swarming in clinch, then a quicker takedown by Zavurov, with Barnaoui defending hard off his back. Barnaoui got to standing, landed a knee, and Zavurov went back for the double leg, which Barnaoui reversed at the bell. In the third round, Barnaoui made magic. He timed a jumping knee perfectly and knocked Zavurov out cold! Mansour Barnaoui has become the finalist in the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament: Road to A-Sol. He earns $200,000 for this victory. On May 18, on Jeju Island, Barnaoui will face ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol for the title and the conclusion: winner takes all!    Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 052Date: February 23, 2019Venue: Jangchung ArenaCity: Seoul, South Korea MAIN CARD Official Results #6 ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final MatchMansour Barnaoui def Shamil Zavurov by KO, knee, R3 0:40 #5 Bantamweight ChampionshipKim Min-Woo def Moon Jea-Hoon by Submission, triangle, R1 2:25 #4 Lightweight MatchBruno Miranda def Hong Young-Ki by TKO, punches, R1 2:45 #3 Bantamweight MatchJang Ik-Hwan def Jang Dae-Young by Unanimous Decision #2 80kg Catchweight MatchKim Seung-Yeon def Ki No-Joo by TKO, R1 0:07 #1 Openweight MatchMichel Pereira def Kim Dae-Sung by TKO, knees, R2 YOUNG GUNS 41 Official Results #5 Middleweight MatchYang Hae-Jun def Lim Dong-Hwan by Submission, key lock R1 2:30 #4 -64kg Catchweight MatchJung Sang-Jin def Shin Seung-Min by TKO, knee, R2 1:15 #3 Featherweight MatchKim Tae-Sung def Hong Jung-Gi by TKO, kicks, R2 3:52 #2 Bantamweight MatchHwang Chang-Hwan def Lee Seong-Su by TKO, R2 3:56 #1 BantamweightPark Su-Wan def Lee Jeong-Hyeon by Split Decision 

ROAD FC 052 results

  ROAD FC 052 OFFICIAL RESULTS ROAD FC Fighting Championship 052 took place on February 23, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. In the main event final match for the ROAD FC $1 Million Tournament, Mansour Barnaoui won, and in the co-main event Kim Min-Woo claimed the Bantamweight Championship. ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final Match Shamil Zavurov and Mansour Barnaoui traded kicks and jabs to open, and as soon as Barnaoui became comfortable in the clinch, Zavurov went for his bread and butter takedowns. Barnaoui did what no man has done, and reversed out of them, and Zavurov did the same by breaking out of Barnaoui's triangle. The second round opened with Zavurov sniping and Barnaoui swarming in clinch, then a quicker takedown by Zavurov, with Barnaoui defending hard off his back. Barnaoui got to standing, landed a knee, and Zavurov went back for the double leg, which Barnaoui reversed at the bell. In the third round, Barnaoui made magic. He timed a jumping knee perfectly and knocked Zavurov out cold! Mansour Barnaoui has become the finalist in the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament: Road to A-Sol. He earns $200,000 for this victory. On May 18, on Jeju Island, Barnaoui will face ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol for the title and the conclusion: winner takes all! Bantamweight Championship Kim Min-Woo simply made no mistakes against his two-time rival, Moon Jea-Hoon. He stayed away from the first onslaught of high kicks, went for the takedown, and was able to maneuver into a triangle smoothly. In a win filled with emotion, Kim Min-Woo became the new ROAD FC Bantamweight Champion!  Jang Ik-Hwan punches Jang Dae-Young  ROAD FC 052 main card results Bruno Miranda versus Hong Young-Ki was every bit as thrilling as expected. After an unfortunate groin shot that earned Miranda a yellow card and took Hong the full 5 minutes to recover, Hong violently surged back with two knockdowns. Miranda stayed in the fight, and returned the favor with punches that put Hong down and out. Strikers Jang Ik-Hwan and Jang Dae-Young came out and unloaded sniper shots on each other, with Dae-Young ending the first round on top with ground and pound. The second round was more cautious from both, then switched up with crazy wrestling to open the third. Ik-Hwan surged back in the final seconds to seal the victory on the scorecards, where Dae-Young had points deducted for missing weight. Kim Seung-Yeon brutally welcomed Ki No-Joo back to the cage with a huge first punch, first knockdown and ground and pound to finish in just seven seconds. In the opening openweight match, Michel Pereira showed off back flips and spinning kicks against Kim Dae-Sung, who tried his best to get inside the much longer reach of the Brazilian. Hard shots were exchanged. Pereira came out to finish in the second, and let loose some knees that were too much for Kim.  Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 052Date: February 23, 2019Venue: Jangchung ArenaCity: Seoul, South Korea MAIN CARD Official Results #6 ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final MatchMansour Barnaoui def Shamil Zavurov by KO, knee, R3 0:40 #5 Bantamweight ChampionshipKim Min-Woo def Moon Jea-Hoon by Submission, triangle, R1 2:25 #4 Lightweight MatchBruno Miranda def Hong Young-Ki by TKO, punches, R1 2:45 #3 Bantamweight MatchJang Ik-Hwan def Jang Dae-Young by Unanimous Decision #2 80kg Catchweight MatchKim Seung-Yeon def Ki No-Joo by TKO, R1 0:07 #1 Openweight MatchMichel Pereira def Kim Dae-Sung by TKO, knees, R2 YOUNG GUNS 41 Official Results #5 Middleweight MatchYang Hae-Jun def Lim Dong-Hwan by Submission, key lock R1 2:30 #4 -64kg Catchweight MatchJung Sang-Jin def Shin Seung-Min by TKO, knee, R2 1:15 #3 Featherweight MatchKim Tae-Sung def Hong Jung-Gi by TKO, kicks, R2 3:52 #2 Bantamweight MatchHwang Chang-Hwan def Lee Seong-Su by TKO, R2 3:56 #1 BantamweightPark Su-Wan def Lee Jeong-Hyeon by Split Decision 

ROAD FC awarded in "2018 China Top 100 Most Sponsored Sports Events”

 ROAD FC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTROAD FC EARNS “2018 CHINA TOP 100 SPONSORED SPORTS EVENTS” AWARD For immediate release, January 22, 2018 - ROAD Fighting Championship is proud to announce that ROAD FC was awarded 15th place in all of China in the "2018 China Top 100 Most Sponsored Sports Events”.   On January 13, 2018, the sports industry in China attracted massive attention with the announcement of the "2018 China Top 100 Most Sponsored Sports Events Award Ceremony" in Beijing. The objective of this endeavor is to scientifically assess the value of sports sponsorship and identify highly sponsored sports events so as to accelerate the sound development of the sports industry in China. In addition, selection in the form of scientific and rigorous assessment is not only a major feature of this awards list, it is a national initiative. Thousands of national sporting events were researched and discussed in this endeavor.   ROAD FC is proud to rank as the 15th overall “2018 China Top 100 Most Sponsored Sports Event”. In 2017, ROAD FC was first honored with the award as the 65th most sponsored sports event, and the climb of 50 places in 2018 is a remarkable achievement. Among the sponsors who have supported and committed to ROAD FC are highly recognizable companies and brands such as Xiaomi, Netease, Panda TV, COK, Red Bull, Master Kong Foods, Orion Foods, Zheng Guanzhuang Health, Chang Fujing Health, Pang Da Auto, Jackie Chan Wine, and Lehua Real Estate. Mixed Martial Arts is a new frontier to be developed in China, so the capital market is highly interested in the investment opportunity of this industry. ROAD FC was the first MMA promotion to secure a live broadcast on CCTV in 2015 and won six consecutive top-five prime weekend ratings - the third highest in the country - setting a record for MMA in China. ROAD FC has held numerous MMA events in China with a continuing schedule planned for 2018. ROAD FC is committed to bringing MMA to China and developing it further, with sports initiatives established in Chinese universities to teach grappling, regional reality television planned for increasing MMA and brand awareness, and a soon to be open state-of-the-art ROAD FC sports and entertainment complex in Beijing. 2018 will be another incredible year for the rise of sports in Asia, with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the World Cup in Russia, and the Jakarta Asian Games. Under the spotlight on these major international events, ROAD FC is excited to continue to showcase the thrilling sport of Asian MMA to the world!   2018 CHINA TOP 100 SPONSORED SPORTS EVENTS Organizers: Sports Sponsorship Value Assessment Group (體育贊助價值評估課題組), 51Zan Sports (我要贊體育), China Interactive Sports - Chinese Olympic Committee and China Sports Federation (華奧星空), Vining Sports (維寧體育) Academic support: Communication University of China, Beijing Sport University, Central University of Finance and Economics Co-sponsors: LE Sports (樂視體育), Xiamen Move the World Exhibition Co. (廈門動天下展覽), Vientiane Media (北京万象传媒广告有限公司), RIC Capital (棕泉資本), Dedao Media (德道傳媒), Changlu Sports (長路體育), Lutu Media (路途廣告), CCMG (嘉合傳播) 

2017 ROAD FC Awards Ceremony Winners

 2017 ROAD FC AWARDS CEREMONY WINNERS ROAD Fighting Championship's final event of the year, Xiaomi ROAD FC 045 XX, took place in Seoul, South Korea on December 23, 2017. Atomweight Champion Ham Seo-Hee retained her belt and her position as the world's top in the division by a fist round TKO over Jinh Yu Frey.   Tickets for the all-VIP event sold out in 1 day. Following it, the 2017 ROAD FC Awards Ceremony was held. It was the first time a year end awards ceremony had been held in conjunction with an event, and the first time to be aired live on television, on MBC Sports+. Incoming CEO Kim Dae-Hwan was formally introduced after Founder Jung Mun-Hong had stepped down from the position on November 29th. Here are the winners of this year's awards, as compiled by ROAD FC staff and voted upon by ROAD FC fans.  Hall Of Fame ROADMAN ROAD FC has become a leading mixed martial arts promotion in Asia. At the center of this development has been Jung Mun-Hong. He has made the impossible possible by investing both his money and personal time to the cause. In 2017, ROAD FC returned to China, expanded its broadcast, created a new reality television series “Fearless Guys” with MBC, and launched the first all-female MMA league in Korea. Mr. Jung also directed the company's community outreach programs through the “Love Sharing Project” which involved blood drives, charcoal for impoverished homes, and donation drives for pediatric cancer. For this reason, he has been presented with the first award in the Hall of Fame, ROADMAN, for his outstanding contributions to the company. A second ROADMAN award was presented to GNFOOD President Hong Kyung-Ho for his continual outstanding contributions to ROAD FC. GNFOODS, the parent company of Goobne Chicken, has been the most committed and long-standing sponsor of ROAD FC, and has activated partnerships that have increased ROAD FC visibility and community standing.   Teams of the Year: Team Poma and Team Strong Wolf Both teams are winners of this years; Team of the Year award, because both teams brought a great deal of action to the ROAD FC cage in 2017. Team Poma sent many seasoned competitors in 2017 including Min Kyung-Chul, Kim Woo-Jae and Cho Byung-Hwi, as well as fielding several new professional fighters and countless amateurs. Team Strong Wolf had a breakout year in 2017 with the success of many new fighters, including Park Jung-Eun, Lim Dong-Hwan, and Kim Yi-Sack.   Female Rookie of the Year: YoshikoNominees: Shim Yoo-Ri, Yoshiko, Kang Jin-Hee The Female Rookie of the Year is Yoshiko, who came fresh off a notorious professional wrestling career to make her MMA debut, which she did with an earth-shattering KO. Yoshiko competed three times under the ROAD FC banner in 2017 with a much improved performance in her rematch with Chun Sun-Yoo, and her first loss on the same night of the awards event. Therefore, it was an emotional acceptance by the young wrestler.   Male Rookie of the Year: Shin Dong-GukNominees: Rafael Fiziev, Hwang In-Su, Shin Dong-Guk Male Rookie of the Year saw three very distinct fighters earn the nomination, with Firefighter Shin Dong-Guk taking the win. Shin fought in the amateur leagues first, then made his pro debut at ROAD FC 038 with a 53 second KO. He followed up the performance with a 78 second KO in front of his hometown crowd at the Chungju World Martial Arts Festival event. Shin was not able to be at the awards ceremony as he was on call for a massive fire in the neighboring city of Jaechun.   KO of the Year: Myung Hyun-ManNominees: Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu, Myung Hyun-Man, Tom Santos There were quite a few contenders for KO of the year in 2017, and it was Myung Hyun-Man's faceplanting KO of Chris Barnett at ROAD FC 041 that took home the win. After their first contest which unfortunately ended by injury, and a follow up viral groin kick of Aorigele, Myung made his final appearance in 2017 a memorable one.   Fan Favorite of the Year: AorigeleNominees: Lee Je-Ji, Chris Barnett, Yoshiko, Aorigele There are so many fighters who could be nominated for Fan Favorite of the Year, but the one who stood out was Aorigele. With his antics both inside and outside the cage, his constant friendly interaction with his fans, and his social media blitz, Aorigele became the clear winner for the world-wide fans.   Fighter of the Year: Kim Soo-ChulNominees: Kim Soo-Chul, Moon Jea-Hoon, Mansour Barnaoui Again, there were so many impressive performances in ROAD FC in 2017, so it was difficult to make up a shortlist of nominees. Kim Soo-Chul's emotional ROAD FC Bantamweight title win, which came after years of toiling against strong international opponents, earned him the highest respect from the fans. Upon accepting his award, Kim announced that he would be retiring from the sport, having accomplished all he'd originally intended to. ROAD FC wishes him a restful time, but does hope to see such a talented fighter return to the cage again one day.  

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ROAD FC announces global expansion into CHINA with 360GAME ROAD FC 027 on 26December
  ROAD FC global expansion into China with 360GAME ROAD FC 027 in Shanghai on 26 December, 2015  9 October, 2015 - ROAD FC announces global expansion into China with 360GAME presents ROAD FC 027 in Shanghai on 26 December, 2015.   During the official weigh in event on 8 October for 360GAME ROAD FC 026, ROAD FC CEO Jung Moon-Hong made the announcement that ROAD FC will be expanding operations into China.  ROAD Fighting Championship is South Korea's premier MMA organization which has held twenty-eight events since it was founded in 2011. After setting a bench mark of one event almost every month in 2014, ROAD FC embarked on a global expansion plan and held its first ever international event in Tokyo, Japan in 2015. This year will also witness more dramatic growth as ROAD FC will host its first show in China, in the metropolis of Shanghai, on 26 December. ROAD FC is currently negotiating a venue with a capacity of 18,000. 360GAME ROAD FC 027 will be broadcast live in China and internationally across multiple platforms, which ROAD FC CEO Jung revealed included: “China's State-owned broadcaster CCTV, local terrestrial broadcasters, and the internet portal of Tencent, we are scheduled to broadcast.”  Tencent is Asia's largest internet company and competes with the largest internet companies in the world.  Tencent's internet portal QQ.com is one of the largest in China. ROAD FC's live broadcast in China on QQ will begin immediately with 360GAME ROAD FC 026 on 9 October. Event: "360GAME" presents ROAD Fighting Championship 026 Date: Friday, 9 October, 2015Place: Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South KoreaMain event live at 20:00KSTLive PPV stream on Epicentre.tv at http://www.epicentre.tv/events/road-fc-026/Live stream on Tencent QQ.com at http://sports.qq.com/zt2015/ROADFC/  Global expansion next event: Event: "360GAME" presents ROAD Fighting Championship 027 Date: Saturday, 26 December, 2015Place: Shanghai, China   
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