Xiaomi ROAD FC 033 Press Conference notes and photos
Xiaomi ROAD FC 033 Press Conference notes and photos
For immediate release:
20 September, 2016 – Xiaomi ROAD FC 033 will take place on 24 September, 2016 at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea. The fight week press conference was held on 20 September at the ROAD FC official Apgujeong Gym. In attendance were Main Eventers Mighty Mo and Choi Hong-Man, Hong Young-Ki, Lim Hae-In, and ROAD Girls Lim Ji-Wu and Wang Ji-Yun.
ROAD FC CEO President Jung Mun-Hong stated the reason for the move from 10 September in China to 24 September in Korea was at the fans' and sponsors' requests to have the Openweight Tournament Final between Choi Hong-Man and Mighty Mo in South Korea. There is no change to the broadcast agreement with CCTV, and ROAD FC will continue to hold events in China.
New ROAD Girls Lim Ji-Wu and Wang Ji-Yun were introduced. Lim Ji-Wu was selected because of her immense popularity and following in China as a beautiful Korean model. Wang Ji-Yun was Miss Seoul in the 2009 Miss Korea pageant, and is excited to make her round card girl debut in the world of MMA.
At the beginning of the conference, photo opportunities were presented. Openweight Tournament Finalists Choi Hong-Man and Mighty Mo posed with the beautiful new ROAD FC Championship belt.
During the question and answer session, all four attending fighters spoke.
Choi Hong-Man stated that he is at the peak of his condition, and is ready to prove it. He said he has been working on evading the big punches he knows will come from Mo, however he is ready to show off his own KO power once again. Choi became very agitated and exclaimed to Mighty Mo,
“I have been training so hard for this fight. You're responsible for all my problems, and I'm going to pay you back for it,” and then he slammed his fist on the table.
Mighty Mo calmly replied to Choi Hong-Man,
“I'm a man of action. Hong-Man Choi, here's my action,” and he knocked over the microphone as if it were his opponent, symbolizing a KO. Mighty Mo said that his driving ambition is still his ten children, who are between the ages of 2 and 24. By being a fighter, he hopes to show them how to succeed during life's challenges.
Hong Young-Ki will face Hiroto Uesako as the Co-Main Event. Hong is a Taekwondo master and trained with 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Cha Dong-Min. He was questioned about Taekwondo several times.
Hong Young-Ki stated,
“I don't consider myself a representative of Taekwondo. I just want to prove that Taekwondo fighters have strength. My goal is of course become the ROAD FC champion.”
Debutant female fighter Kim Hae-In, also a Taekwondo practitioner, said that the training has been very difficult for her first MMA fight, however, she is eager to show off her cross training and grappling when she gets into the cage.
ROAD FC Young Guns 029 has had a change to the Main Event. Kim Young-Geun will replace Cho Young-Seung against Jang Dae-Young. Also, Choi Gyeong-Eui will replace Baik Seung-Min against Lee Jeong-Young.
ROAD FC 2016
Another event for Korea has been previously announced for 10 December. Superstar action actor Kim Bo-Sung will take up the challenge of his life to fight for real in the cage, with the proceeds to benefit children with cancer, as part of the “ROAD FC Love Sharing” community charity project.
CEO Jung also revealed that ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol will be defending his title on that event, against the winner of Shinji Sasaki versus Bruno Miranda.
ROAD FC 2017
ROAD FC will host at least 20 events across Asia in 2017. The ROAD FC 10 Billion Won Tournament is still in the planning stages in terms of start date and weight division. Details will be released at a further date.
New Wave MMA ROAD FC is the stage where legends shine, rookies thrill, and epic battles are waged that determine the future of MMA. From the pageantry of the grand entrance to the final crunch of the KO, ROAD FC showcases the very best of Mixed Martial Arts sports and entertainment. As we say in Korea, "Fighting!"
Event: Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 033
Date: Saturday, 24 September, 2016
Place: Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
17:00 Young Guns 29
20:00 ROAD FC 033
Live on SuperAction in Korea
Live on CCTV5 in China
Live around the world on Epicentre http://www.epicentre.tv/events
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
YOUNG GUNS 29
Kim Young-Geun vs Jang Dae-Young
-64kg Catchweight Match
Yang Junkai VS Jang Ik-Hwan
Lee Hoo-Sun VS Kim Se-Yeong
Lee Jeong-Young VS Choi Gyeong-Eui
Oh-Jae-Sung VS Kim Ji-Hun
Kim Kyu-Hwa VS Kim Tae-Gyun
Stuart Gooch VS Choi Won-Jun
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About ROAD Fighting Championship
The sport of MMA is booming in South Korea, and behind the incredible growth is ROAD FC. As this new era of Mixed Martial Arts begins, ROAD FC is committed to creating more opportunities for fighters in growth, experience, and support. The amateur and semi-pro Central and Into Leagues provide a structured, safe, and competitive atmosphere for beginning fighters. The Young Guns undercard series brings these up and coming fighters into the spotlight as professionals.
ROAD FC events are held in major cities across Korea, Japan, and China featuring the most exciting and well-recognized Korean and international MMA fighters. ROAD FC events are broadcast live and delay in Korea on SuperAction, in China on CCTV5, internationally on KIX, and streamed live internationally on Epicentre.tv. The full archive of ROAD FC events are available on demand in China on Xunlei KanKan and scheduled to air on The Fight Network in Canada.
Xiaomi Inc. is a privately owned Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing, China, that is the world's 3rd largest smartphone maker. Xiaomi designs, develops, and sells smartphones, mobile apps, and related consumer electronics. Since the release of its first smartphone in August 2011, Xiaomi has gained market share in mainland China and expanded into developing a wider range of consumer electronics, including a smart home device ecosystem. The company's founder and CEO is Lei Jun, China's 23rd richest person according to Forbes. The company sold over 60 million smartphones in 2014.