Xiaomi ROAD FC 044 update: Kuwabara Kiyoshi steps in on late notice as replacement for Jake Heun

For immediate release, November 9, 2017 - ROAD Fighting Championship will once again return to China for Xiaomi ROAD FC 044 onNovember 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.

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!"

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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Official Weibo ROAD格斗冠军赛 (http://www.weibo.com/u/5704811867)

Official Sina blog ROADFC (http://blog.sina.com.cn/roadfc)



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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.

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About Xiaomi

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.

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