ROAD FC 046: All matches open

  XIAOMI ROAD FC 046 ANNOUNCEMENTALL MATCHES NOW OPEN ROAD Fighting Championship announces the remaining matches for Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 on March 10, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea at the Jangchung Arena.   Opening up Part 2 with a bantamweight flash grenade, Alatengheili (10-7-1, Team Alt) is fully recovered and back to face standout Jang Ik-Hwan (6-1, Team Posse). On Part 1, China's surging superheavy Ma Anding (14-2, Baoligao MMA) will face Japan's super-experienced Hamada Junpei (10-18-1-1, Makoto Gym). Featherweights rising to recognition Park Hae-Jin (5-1, Ssen Gym) and Cho Byeong-Oak (4-3, Team MOB) will seek to climb up the division's rankings. Huang Zhenyue (9-4, Guangdong Glory Fight Club) versus Min Kyeong-Chul (4-2, Team Poma) promises to be a showdown of thrilling proportions. New prospects Lim Dong-Hwan (2-0, Team Strong Wolf) and Kim Hyeon-Min (1-0-0-1, Ssabi MMA) will add to the excitement of the developing welterweight division.  Crying Fist vs Fearless Guys In the battle of the reality TV stars, three former “Crying Fist” graduates will take on their counterparts from the new “Fearless Guys” show on MBC. In a catchweight match, Taekwondo master Hong Young-Ki (3-4, Team Korea MMA) will face aggressive kickboxer Eom Tae-Woong (debut, Octagon Gym). Park Hyung-Geun (2-3-1, Ssabi MMA) will welcome Moon Jin-Hyuk (debut, Apgujeong Gym) to the ROAD FC cage at bantamweight. At openweight, “Yakuza” Kim Jae-Hun (0-2, Team Korea MMA) will belly up to kickboxer Heo Jae-Hyeok (debut, IB Gym).  Xiaomi ROAD FC 046Openweight Championship The main event will be Openweight Champion Mighty Mo defending his belt against former tournament adversary Myung Hyun-Man. Myung is Mo's only adversary to make it into the third round with him in the last 4 years. Fans can surely expect a war!   $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Semifinals The four fighters in the semifinals for the $1 Million Tournament represent the best lightweights from across the globe. They are all ranked at the top in their country, and have held titles in highly respected promotions such as M-1, Shooto Brazil, and BAMMA. All have fought at least four matches to get to this point, and combined, they've accrued a tally of 126 professional MMA fights. Ronys Torres versus Shamil Zavurov is a contrast in grappling styles between the best lightweights from Brazil and Russia in this semifinals match. Torres likes to show off his superb technique to get the finish, while Zavurov is willing to grind his opponents down round after round. Shimoishi Kota versus Mansour Barnaoui will two very different approaches to showcase power, timing and technique in their semifinals match. Shimoishi quickly engages to get the fight to the ground, while Barnaoui looks for the opening to finish in any position, standing or grappling.  Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 Kim Nae-Chul returns against 2017 standout rookie Hwang In-Su, so expect fireworks when these two fast and accurate strikers engage. A battle for the Contender to face Featherweight Champion Choi Mu-Gyeom is set between hot prospects Kim Se-Yeong and Lee Jeong-Yeong.  Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 046March 10, 2018Jangchung ArenaSeoul, South Korea PART 2 Openweight ChampionshipMighty Mo vs Myung Hyun-Man $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchRonys Torres vs Shamil Zavurov $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchShimoishi Kota vs Mansour Barnaoui Featherweight Contender MatchKim Se-Yeong vs Lee Jeong-Yeong Catchweight -75kg MatchHong Young-Ki vs Eom Tae-Woong Bantamweight MatchPark Hyung-Geun vs Moon Jin-Hyuk Openweight MatchKim Jae-Hun vs Heo Jae-Hyeok Bantamweight MatchAlatengheili vs Jang Ik-Hwan PART 1 Middleweight MatchKim Nae-Chul vs Hwang In-Su Openweight MatchMa Anding vs Hamada Junpei Featherweight MatchPark Hae-Jin vs Cho Byeong-Oak Lightweight MatchHuang Zhenyue vs Min Kyeong-Chul Welterweight MatchLim Dong-Hwan vs Kim Hyeon-Min 

ROAD FC 046: Featherweight Contenders match Kim vs Lee

  XIAOMI ROAD FC 046 ANNOUNCEMENTFEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDER MATCH: KIM SE-YEONG VS LEE JEONG-YEONG ROAD Fighting Championship announces a battle for the Contender to face Featherweight Champion Choi Mu-Gyeom. Hot prospects Kim Se-Yeong and Lee Jeong-Yeong will rematch for the right to fight for the belt.   Kim Se-Yeong (4-1, Team Korea MMA) is one of the strongest prospects in Korea today. He's already faced international competition, making his pro debut in China at ROAD FC 030. Kim has a talented group of fighters to learn from including ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol and former Bantamweight Champion Lee Yun-Jun. Lee Jeong-Yeong (4-1, Ssen Gym) is a 23-year old submission ace with an excellent amateur record before he turned pro in 2014. Lee then did his mandatory military service and returned in 2016. He continued his winning streak back to back in ROAD FC 33 and 35 with a final split decision in a thrilling match with veteran Kim Ho-Jun. Kim and Lee first met each other in a battle of the hot prospects at ROAD FC 039. The bout went the distance, and was non-stop action – both fighters were strategic and showed why they are up-and-coming fighters to watch, yet both aggressively went for the finish. Kim gained the edge in points and was awarded the victory. A rematch was immediately agreed upon, but it was delayed when Kim was injured in training. Instead, Lee faced tough veteran grappler Marcio Cesar and showed a brilliant and vicious performance, getting the TKO victory. Kim and Lee represent the next generation of well-rounded, strong Korean MMA fighters who have developed through the ROAD FC amateur divisions and the Young Guns series. With the fireworks they presented last time, Kim versus Lee 2 should be even more of a thriller, and this time there's a whole lot more riding on the outcome: a chance to face the reigning Featherweight Champ, Choi Mu-Gyeom! Xiaomi ROAD FC 046Openweight Championship The main event will be Openweight Champion Mighty Mo defending his belt against former tournament adversary Myung Hyun-Man. Myung is Mo's only adversary to make it into the third round with him in the last 4 years. Fans can surely expect a war! $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Semifinals The four fighters in the semifinals for the $1 Million Tournament represent the best lightweights from across the globe. They are all ranked at the top in their country, and have held titles in highly respected promotions such as M-1, Shooto Brazil, and BAMMA. All have fought at least four matches to get to this point, and combined, they've accrued a tally of 126 professional MMA fights. Ronys Torres versus Shamil Zavurov is a contrast in grappling styles between the best lightweights from Brazil and Russia in this semifinals match. Torres likes to show off his superb technique to get the finish, while Zavurov is willing to grind his opponents down round after round. Shimoishi Kota versus Mansour Barnaoui will two very different approaches to showcase power, timing and technique in their semifinals match. Shimoishi quickly engages to get the fight to the ground, while Barnaoui looks for the opening to finish in any position, standing or grappling. Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 Kim Nae-Chul returns against 2017 standout rookie Hwang In-Su, so expect fireworks when these two fast and accurate strikers engage. Also, selected contestants from “Crying Fist” and “Fearless Guys” will face each other in professional MMA bouts.  Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 046March 10, 2018Jangchung ArenaSeoul, South Korea Openweight ChampionshipMighty Mo vs Myung Hyun-Man $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchRonys Torres vs Shamil Zavurov $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchShimoishi Kota vs Mansour Barnaoui Featherweight Contender MatchKim Se-Yeong vs Lee Jeong-Yeong Middleweight MatchKim Nae-Chul vs Hwang In-Su

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) 

ROAD FC 046: Battle of the TV Stars!

 XIAOMI ROAD FC 046 ANNOUNCEMENT'CRYING FIST' VS 'FEARLESS GUYS' SHOWDOWN    ROAD Fighting Championship announces a showdown of the reality show stars for Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2018. Fighters from the programs “Crying Fist” and “Fearless Guys” will face each other in the ROAD FC cage. “Crying Fist”' started in 2011 on SuperAction. Four regular series and one spin-off were broadcast until 2014. Every day people from the general public who dreamed of becoming pro fighters sought to get on the show to compete for a shot in ROAD FC. Many notable fighters got their start through their participation on “Crying Fist”, such as “Keyboard Warrior” Kim Seung-Yeon, “Taekwondo Fighter” Hong Young-Ki, Kwon Min-Suk, Park Hyung-Geun, “Citizen Hero” Kim Hyung-Soo, “Monster Wrestler” Shim Gun-Oh, and “Yakuza” Kim Jae-Hoon. “Fearless Guys” was the first terrestrial broadcast MMA reality show ever held on MBC, starting last year. A total of 4,000 people applied to compete. Beyond the primary audition, it gave competitors the real feeling of the challenging lifestyle a professional fighter leads. On March 10th, at Xiaomi ROAD FC 046, selected contestants from “Crying Fist” and “Fearless Guys” will face each other in professional MMA bouts. The fighters and the match ups will be announced shortly. Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 Openweight Championship The main event will be Openweight Champion Mighty Mo defending his belt against former tournament adversary Myung Hyun-Man. Myung is Mo's only adversary to make it into the third round with him in the last 4 years. Fans can surely expect a war! $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Semifinals The four fighters in the semifinals for the $1 Million Tournament represent the best lightweights from across the globe. They are all ranked at the top in their country, and have held titles in highly respected promotions such as M-1, Shooto Brazil, and BAMMA. All have fought at least four matches to get to this point, and combined, they've accrued a tally of 126 professional MMA fights. Ronys Torres versus Shamil Zavurov is a contrast in grappling styles between the best lightweights from Brazil and Russia in this semifinals match. Torres likes to show off his superb technique to get the finish, while Zavurov is willing to grind his opponents down round after round. Shimoishi Kota versus Mansour Barnaoui will two very different approaches to showcase power, timing and technique in their semifinals match. Shimoishi quickly engages to get the fight to the ground, while Barnaoui looks for the opening to finish in any position, standing or grappling. Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 Kim Nae-Chul returns against 2017 standout rookie Hwang In-Su, so expect fireworks when these two fast and accurate strikers engage. 

Champion Choi Mu-Gyeom to carry Olympic Torch

  ROAD FC SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTFEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION CHOI MU-GYEOM TO CARRY OLYMPIC TORCH     ROAD Fighting Championship is proud to announce that ROAD Featherweight Champion Choi Mu-Gyeom has been selected to be a torchbearer for the 2018 Winter Olympics tomorrow, November 18th. Coinciding with the 100-days-to-go mark on November 1, 2017, and following the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic flame arrived in the city of Incheon, South Korea. The Olympic flame will pass through 17 cities and provinces across the Republic of Korea during the Olympic Torch Relay.   A total of 7,500 torchbearers will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay.  Tomorrow, November 18th, at 2:00PM, ROAD Champion Choi Mu-Gyeom will be a torchbearer for approximately 200 meters during the Ilsan Culture Park Stop in the Goyang area. More details can be found on the official Olympic website (https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018-torch-relay). Choi stated, “I am so humbled to be chosen as a torchbearer for the Olympics. The honor was awarded to me because of my athletic perseverance to overcome the odds and become the ROAD FC Champion.” The identity of the final torchbearer, who will have the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron, will only be revealed on 9 February, the day of the Opening Ceremony for PyeongChang 2018.The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay will inspire a generation and bring people together from different cultures, races, and religions,” promised POCOG President Lee Hee-beom. “As the torchbearers carry the torch for 101 days, we are confident that the flame will truly ‘Let Everyone Shine’ and spark passion and excitement before the Games.” 

ROAD FC 046: Kim Nae-Chul vs Hwang In-Su

 XIAOMI ROAD FC 046 ANNOUNCEMENTKIM NAE-CHUL RETURNS TO FACE HWANG IN-SU ROAD Fighting Championship announces another match for Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2018. Former Middleweight contender Kim Nae-Chul returns to face hot prospect Hwang In-Su.   Kim Nae-Chul vs Hwang In-Su Kim Nae-Chul (6-4, West Gym/Team Posse) has been in ROAD FC since ROAD FC 007 back in 2012. He has never been finished, delivered 3 KO victories including one over Ryuta Noji, and had a Fight of the Year with Park Jung-Kyo at ROAD FC 033. At the beginning of 2017, Kim fought Riki Fukuda in the Middleweight title contender eliminator, and while he lost on the scorecards, his performance was impressively thrilling. Kim is a precise and powerful striker with a huge gas tank that makes him the ultimate threat to his next opponent. Hwang In-Su (3-0, Team MAD) debuted in MMA in 2017 with three knockouts in a row, his last one being over the much more experienced Park Jung-Kyo in just 11 seconds. He was a contender for 2017 Rookie of the Year, and is seen as the hottest Middleweight prospect in Korea right now. Hwang is an aggressive striker who swarms, overpowers, and looks to finish his opponents with punches. Kim Nae-Chul is looking to get back into title contention, and Hwang In-Su is definitely making the ROAD FC Middleweight division more interesting. Expect fireworks when these two fast and accurate strikers engage! ROAD FC Openweight Championship The main event will be Openweight Champion Mighty Mo defending his belt against former tournament adversary Myung Hyun-Man. Myung is Mo's only adversary to make it into the third round with him in the last 4 years. Fans can surely expect a war! $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Semifinals The four fighters in the semifinals for the $1 Million Tournament represent the best lightweights from across the globe. They are all ranked at the top in their country, and have held titles in highly respected promotions such as M-1, Shooto Brazil, and BAMMA. All have fought at least four matches to get to this point, and combined, they've accrued a tally of 126 professional MMA fights. Ronys Torres versus Shamil Zavurov is a contrast in grappling styles between the best lightweights from Brazil and Russia in this semifinals match. Torres likes to show off his superb technique to get the finish, while Zavurov is willing to grind his opponents down round after round. Shimoishi Kota versus Mansour Barnaoui will two very different approaches to showcase power, timing and technique in their semifinals match. Shimoishi quickly engages to get the fight to the ground, while Barnaoui looks for the opening to finish in any position, standing or grappling.  Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 046March 10, 2018Jangchung ArenaSeoul, South Korea Openweight ChampionshipMighty Mo vs Myung Hyun-Man $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchRonys Torres vs Shamil Zavurov $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchShimoishi Kota vs Mansour Barnaoui Middleweight MatchKim Nae-Chul vs Hwang In-Su  

$1 Mil Tournament Semifinals Set

 XIAOMI ROAD FC 046 ANNOUNCEMENT$1 MILLION LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALSRONYS TORRES VS SHAMIL ZAVUROVSHIMOISHI KOTA VS MANSOUR BARNAOUI   ROAD Fighting Championship announces that the Semifinals matches for the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament will take place on Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2018. Ronys Torres vs Shamil Zavurov Ronys Torres (36-5, Nova Uniao) is the Shooto Brazil Champion. In the Tournament, he submitted Ermek Tlauov, Russia Trials winner Elnur Agaev, and Tom Santos all within the first round to make it to the Semifinals. Torres is a superior grappler and has a finish rate of 80%. Shamil Zavurov (34-5-1, Akhmat Fight Club) is the Octagon FS Champion. In the Tournament, he defeated Kim Wong-Gi, Leo Kuntz, and Khuukhenkhuu Amartuvshin all by decision to make it to the Semifinals. Zavurov has relentless takedowns and grueling wrestling. Torres likes to show off his superb technique to get the finish, while Zavurov is willing to grind his opponents down round after round. This Semifinals match will be a contrast in styles between the best lightweights from Brazil and Russia. Shimoishi Kota vs Mansour Barnaoui Shimoishi Kota (21-4, Shooto Gym Blows) is the former DEEP Lightweight title challenger and Japan Trials winner. In the Tournament, he submitted both Park Dae-Sung and China Trials winner Bao Yincang to reach the Semifinals. Shimoishi is at the top of his career by overwhelming his opponents on the ground. Mansour Barnaoui (16-4, Team Magnum) is the former M-1 and BAMMA Champion. He has first round submissions over Ki Won-Bin, Kim Chang-Hyun, and Nandin-Erdene to reach the Semifinals. Barnaoui is a young phenom with excellent timing and flawless grappling. Shimoishi quickly engages to get the fight to the ground, while Barnaoui looks for the opening to finish in any position, standing or grappling. Power, timing and technique will all be on display in this Semifinals match. Openweight Championship The main event will be Openweight Champion Mighty Mo defending his belt against former tournament adversary Myung Hyun-Man. Myung is Mo's only adversary to make it into the third round with him in the last 4 years. Fans can surely expect a war!  Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 046March 10, 2018Jangchung ArenaSeoul, South Korea Openweight ChampionshipMighty Mo vs Myung Hyun-Man $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchRonys Torres vs Shamil Zavurov $1 Million Tournament Semifinals MatchShimoishi Kota vs Mansour Barnaoui 

ROAD FC 046: Mighty Mo vs Myung Hyun-Man

 XIAOMI ROAD FC 046 OPENING ANNOUNCEMENTOPENWEIGHT CHAMPION MIGHTY MO REMATCHES MYUNG HYUN-MAN ROAD Fighting Championship announces the official opening of Xiaomi ROAD FC 046 which will take place at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2018. The main event will be Openweight Champion Mighty Mo defending his belt against former tournament adversary Myung Hyun-Man.   ROAD FC Openweight Champion Mighty Mo (12-5, Team Mighty Mo) is a 2-time K-1 World Grand Prix winner who also fought in DREAM and Bellator. He made his promotional debut in 2015 with a resounding 37 second KO of PRIDE legend Choi Mu-Bae. Mo then entered the first ROAD FC Openweight Tournament and defeated Choi again by TKO, submitted Myung Hyun-Man in their first meeting in the semifinals, then became the Champion when he rubber matched Choi Hong-Man. Since then, he has defended his belt twice. Mo brings 130kgs of pure power into the cage with a 70% KO rate from his kickboxing, boxing and MMA records. Challenger Myung Hyun-Man (5-3-0-1, ROAD Gym) is a heavyweight Muay Thai standout of over 30 wins who transitioned to MMA in 2013. In the 2015 ROAD FC Openweight Tournament, he KOed his first opponent, and met Mo in the semis. The fight nearly went the distance with a thrilling stand up display from both knockout artists, but Mo got the submission win on the canvas in the third. Myung then faced the legendary Cro Cop in RIZIN, and suffered a repeat result. After two unfulfilling results – a win by a cut and a No Contest when Aorigele couldn't recover from a groin shot, Myung ended 2017 with a second round face-plant KO of Chris Barnett. Openweight Champion Mighty Mo will rematch Myung Hyun-Man for the belt, Mo's only adversary to make it into the third round with him in the last 4 years. Fans can surely expect a war!  Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 046March 10, 2018Jangchung ArenaSeoul, South Korea Openweight ChampionshipMighty Mo vs Myung Hyun-Man 

Xiaomi ROAD FC injury update

 XIAOMI ROAD FC 045 XX INJURY UPDATEHAM SEO-HEE BREAKS ARM, RAFAEL FIZIEV BREAKS HAND ROAD Fighting Championship's final event of the year, Xiaomi ROAD FC 045 XX, took place in Seoul, South Korea on December 23, 2017. Two fighters sustained injuries during the event.   ROAD FC Atomweight Champion Ham Seo-Hee Atomweight Champion Ham Seo-Hee retained her belt and her position as the world's top in the division by a first round TKO over Jinh Yu Frey. However, possibly in the process of the KO blow and hammer fists, Ham's left radius fractured. It is the first severe injury of her entire career. Surgery will be performed, and Ham's recovery is expected to be between 4 to 6 months. Lightweight contender Rafael Fiziev Rafael Fiziev engaged in a short, brutal bout with fellow striker Nandin-Erdene. While he ducked and covered for most of the opening assault, it was Fiziev's counter attack in which he did the damage to himself of breaking the index metacarpal on his right hand. Fiziev has already undergone successful surgery, and his recovery period will be 3 to 6 months. 

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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