ROAD FC 044 update: Kuwabara replaces Heun

2017-11-09 07:00






ROAD Fighting Championship will once again return to China for Xiaomi ROAD FC 044 on November 11, 2017. Xiaomi ROAD FC 044 will take place at the Hebei Gymnasium in Shijiazhuang in conjunction with the city to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Shijiazhuang Daily, one of the most prestigious media institutions in China.


At Xiaomi ROAD FC 044, the quarterfinals round of the ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament will take place, with eight fighters from six countries participating. The remaining matches on the card are now open. In the main event, fan favorite “Kungfu Panda” Aorigele will face returning Japanese ring legend Fujita “Ironhead” Kazuyuki in a massive Openweight bout.


Kuwabara Kiyoshi replaces Jake Heun on short notice


At Xiaomi ROAD FC 044, UFC TUF veteran Jake Heun was set to face China's next big thing Ma Anying in an openweight bout. Unfortunately, visa processing issues delayed Heun's arrival, so he will not be able to travel for this match.


Kuwabara Kiyoshi (10-9, Team Samurai) will make his fifth appearance inside the ROAD FC cage as the late notice replacement for Heun. Kuwabara is now 2-2 in ROAD FC, with his most notable performance being an 18 second KO of Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol. Kuwabara has fought from welterweight on up, and will take this match at with no limits with no reservations at all. Suddenly, another bout on Part 1 follows the “China versus Japan” theme which will echo in the Main Event of the night.



Xiaomi ROAD FC 044

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hebei Gymnasium

Shijiazhuang, China

Broadcast (updated):

CCTV5 in China

Panda.TV in China: 17:00CST

MBC Sports+ in Korea

SportsFix.TV in SE Asia: 17:00 MyST
YouTube internationally: 5:00AM EST / 2AM PST




5 Openweight Match

Aorigele vs Fujita Kazuyuki


4 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match

Shamil Zavurov vs Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu


3 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match

Baoyincang vs Shimoishi Kota


2 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match

Ronys Torres vs Tom Santos


1 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match

Mansour Barnaoui vs Nandin-Erdene




7 -71kg Catchweight Match

Sha Yilan vs Imai Shunya


6 Openweight

Wu Lahan vs Wang Yichuan


5 Openweight

Ma Anding vs Kuwabara Kiyoshi


4 Women's Strawweight Match

Fujino Emi vs Aline Sattelmayer


3 Bantamweight Match

Wu Ze vs Wu Xiaolong


2 Bantamweight Match

Nezu Yuta vs Baasankhuu Damlanpurev


1 Lightweight Match

Huang Zhenyue vs Iwata Keisuke



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