"Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-Man recovers his MMA roots for XIAOMIpresents ROAD FC 027 in CHINA

2015-12-17 00:00


ROAD FC 027: Legendary Korean fighter Choi Hong-Man promises a stunning comeback in the Openweight Tournament

16 December, 2015 - ROAD Fighting Championship will make an historic global expansion into China with ROAD FC 027
Korea's celebrated fighter "Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-Man shrugs off the ring rust and promises a thrilling comeback

Choi Hong-Man, legendary Korean giant
"Techno Goliath" Choi Hong-Man is one of the most famous Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Artists to come from South Korea.  He stands at a giant 2.18m and possesses the skills to make him a threat to anyone in the cage or ring.  
Choi started his martial arts career in ssireum, traditional Korean wrestling and won the 2003 Cheonhajangsa Ssireum Championship.  Following wrestling, he took up Kickboxing and became the K-1 Seoul GP 2005 Champion. Choi has notable wins over Semmy Schilt, Gary Goodridge, and Mighty Mo.  
From 2006 to 2009, Choi Hong-Man fought MMA in K-1, PRIDE and DREAM, against the top fighters of the golden era such as Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, and Minowaman.  Then at 27 years of age he was called for mandatory military service and his fighting career went on indefinite hiatus.
As Choi's health issues improved, he lost an incredible amount of weight, and eventually began to dream of the ring again.  Then, in early 2015, Choi signed with ROAD FC to make his MMA comeback.  He joined the ranks of other legendary Korean MMA fighters also making their comebacks in ROAD FC, such as Yoon Dong-Sik and Choi Mu-Bae.
Choi's devastating return
The "Techno Goliath" made his 6-year return to MMA at ROAD FC 026 in Japan in July of 2015.  He faced dangerous opponent Carlos Toyota on the black belt's home turf.  Choi stated:
"I'm trying not to stress too much, but it's been a long time since my last fight, I'm not sleeping well because I'm excited.   Before my very first fight, I felt the same way."
However, immediately before the event, the media began swirled accusations of Choi's financial duress.  When Choi got in the cage, it looked as if the pressure had gotten to him, or the ring rust was too strong.  The "Techno Goliath" had his 6-year comeback brutally spoiled when Toyota landed a punch that KOed the giant at 1:29 of the first round.
Choi was silent at the post fight press conference.  Later he stated:
" I apologize to everyone for my performance.  I did train hard for my comeback.  The stifling media accusations were invasive, they definitely affected me."

Choi then fell away from the public eye for a while.  When "Techno Goliath's" high profile financial issues were resolved, he was determined to return to the sport of MMA. Choi was signed for the Openweight Tournament starting on 26 December at ROAD FC 027 in China.  




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