ROAD FC announces 1 Billion Won ($840,000 USD) Tournament for 2016
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ROAD Fighting Championship announces plans to hold a 1 Billion Won (~$840,000 USD) Winner Takes All Tournament in 2016
6 January, 2016 - ROAD Fighting Championship is continuing its global expansion by setting in motion the first ever Winner Takes All 1 Billion Won Tournament (approximately $840,000 USD).
ROAD FC closed out the first year of global expansion with an historic event in Shanghai, China that was attended by 14,000 fans and was the first time MMA was aired live on China's state broadcaster CCTV, achieving an impressive 5th place in the time slot. XIAOMI presents ROAD FC 027 in China saw the first round of the first ever Openweight Tournament kick off, in which Mighty Mo, Choi Hong-Man, Aorigele, and Myung Hyun-Man KOed their way into the semifinals.
ROAD FC has a proud history of tournaments which have created ROAD FC Champions, and the 1 Billion Won Tournament will be no different. ROAD FC would like to have the best MMA fighters in the world participate in this landmark, high-stakes tournament. While the specifics are still in planning mode, this will not be a Heavyweight tournament. ROAD FC is looking towards the lighter divisions which are stacked with talent, seriously considering the Bantamweight or Lightweight division. The ROAD FC 1 Billion Won Tournament is expected to take place in the second half of 2016.
Xiaomi presents ROAD FC 028 - Riki Fukuda defends his Middleweight Title against Cha Jung Hwan
The next event, Xiaomi presents ROAD FC 028 will be held on 31 January at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea. The Main Event will be Middleweight Champion Riki Fukuda (23-7-0-1) making his first title defense against Korea's number one-ranked welterweight, Cha Jung-Hwan (11-6-3).
Riki Fukuda cut a clear path to the ROAD FC Middleweight Championship in 2014 and 2015. The consummate UFC veteran dispatched all comers to end up on a 4-fight win streak of finishes. Earning the championship belt meant earning a 6-figure paycheck as well, and fans can bet that Riki isn't willing to relinquish either anytime soon. His grinding aggression will surely be turned up a notch as he meets an unlikely - and tricky - first challenger in Cha Jung-Hwan.
Cha Jung-Hwan is one of Korea's most notable fighters, with knockouts over such stellar opponents as Ryo Chonan and Igor Gracie. His most recent win was a decision over the highly-respected Alexandre Barros, which set right back-to-back Draws with Andrews Nakahara and Luis Ramos. Cha, who is the coach of ROAD FC Featherweight Champion Choi Mu-Gyeom, is a well-rounded, brutal and yet tactical fighter who brings an interesting twist to Fukuda's tank gun attack.
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 presents ROAD Fighting Championship 028
Date: Sunday, 31 January, 2016
Place: Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Riki Fukuda vs Cha Jung-Hwan
Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 029
Date: Sunday, 5 March, 2016
Place: Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul, South Korea
Openweight Tournament Semifinal B
Choi Hong-Man versus Aorigele
Openweight Tournament Semifinal A
Mighty Mo versus Myung Hyun-Man
- OR to be held at:
Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 030
Date: April, 2016
Place: TBD, China
Event: ROAD Fighting Championship All-Women's MMA Event
Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 1 Billion Won Tournament
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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 soon 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, 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.