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$1 Mil Tournament Opening Round matches

$1 Mil Tournament Opening Round matches

RoadFC - May 27, 2017
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ROAD Fighting Championship announces the matches for the Opening Round of the 16-man $1 Million Lightweight Tournament beginning at Xiaomi ROAD FC 040 on July 15, 2017 in the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea.

Opening Round Matches

Shinji Sasaki vs Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu

Shinji Sasaki (18-10-3, Burst) is a former Shooto Champion and former ROAD FC Lightweight title contender who defeated Albert Cheng by decision in the International Trials to make it into the Tournament. Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu (5-3, Shiren Beelii) defeated Rodrigo Caporal by decision and Shang Lianru by KO in the China Trials to advance to the Opening Round. Sasaki is a grappler with KO power, and Khuukhenkhuu is a judoka and sambo fighter, so the tone of this match is very unpredictable.

Shamil Zavurov vs Leo Kuntz

Shamil Zavurov (32-5-1, Akhmat Fight Club) is the Octagon FS Champion, and he defeated Kim Wong-Gi by decision in the International Trials to advance. Leo Kuntz (18-3-1, American Top Team) is the former Impact FC Champion and UFC veteran who submitted Hong Young-Gi in their International Trials match and earn his spot in the Opening Round. Zavurov is technical and tough whereas Kuntz is an unorthodox finisher; both men are both well-rounded fighters that will deliver an exceptional match.

Shimoishi Kota vs Park Dae-Sung

Shimoishi Kota (19-4, Shooto Gym Blows) is a former DEEP Lightweight title challenger who won the single night 4-man Japan Trials to earn his spot in the Tournament. Park Dae-Sung (6-1, Team MOB) is a bright prospect who defeated Rodrigo Caporal by decision in the International Trials to make it to the Opening Round. Shimoishi is at the top of his career while Park is just coming into his, and both are facing the most important fight of their lives.

Kim Chang-Hyun vs Mansour Barnaoui

Kim Chang-Hyun (18-10, Team MAD) is one of Korea’s first generation of MMA fighters who came out of retirement and defeated Andy Main by decision to win his International Trials match and get into the Tournament. Mansour Barnaoui (14-4, Team Magnum) is the former M-1 and BAMMA Champion who submitted Ki Won-Bin in the International Trials to earn a spot in the Opening Round. Representing opposite timelines, wizened veteran Kim and young world-wide prospect Barnaoui are both exceptional grapplers who will impress with their technique.

Nandin-Erdene vs Toninho Furia

Nandin-Erdene (6-2, Team Fighter) was a Mongolian National Kickboxing Champion who knocked out Bruno Miranda in his International Trials bout to cement his position in the Tournament. Toninho Furia (33-6, Pitbull Brothers) is the former Bitetti Combat Champion and Bellator veteran who decisioned Lee Hyung-Seok to advance to the Opening Round. Hard-hitting Nandin-Erdene and creative Toninho Furia are sure to deliver a match of unbelievable striking.

Ronys Torres vs Elnur Agaev

Ronys Torres (34-6, Nova Uniao) is the Shooto Brazil Champion who submitted Ermek Tlauov in the International Trials to advance to the Opening Round. Elnur Agaev (13-7, MPF) is a ROAD FC veteran who won the single night 4-man Russian Trials in MPF to earn a spot in the Tournament. Torres likes to show off his superb technique to get a finish, and Agaev uses his grinding strength for the same, so this will definitely be an interesting style versus style bout.

Tom Santos vs TBD

Tom Santos (9-3, BrazilThai) is the MMA Dragon Fight and kickboxing S-Battle Champion who stepped in on two days’ notice and knocked out former ROAD FC Champion and UFC veteran Nam Yui-Chul in the International Trials to get a spot in the Tournament. Santos is a very aggressive fighter and will bring this to his next opponent, who will be determined after Xiaomi ROAD FC 039.

Red Romero vs TBD

Red Romero (12-6, BAMF MMA) is the former URCC Champion who submitted and decisioned is two opponents in the single night 4-man Southeast Asia Trials in URCC to advance to the Tournament. Romero’s base is Muay Thai but his grappling is excellent, making him a well-rounded fighter. His opponent will be announced after Xiaomi ROAD FC 039.

The two final Trials matches will take place at Xiaomi ROAD FC 039. The final International Trials bout will be between Kim Seung-Yeon and Rafael Fiziev. The final China Trials bout will see Baoyincang face Wang Mingwu.

ROAD40 Fight Card

Xiaomi ROAD Fighting Championship 040
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Jangchung Arena, Seoul, South Korea

Openweight Championship
Mighty Mo vs Kang Dong-Kook

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Shinji Sasaki vs Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Tom Santos vs TBD

Middleweight Match
Fukuda Riki vs Kim Hoon

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Shamil Zavurov vs Leo Kuntz

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Shimoishi Kota vs Park Dae-Sung

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Kim Chang-Hyun vs Mansour Barnaoui

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Nandin-Erdene vs Toninho Furia

Women’s Flyweight Match
Raika Emiko vs Kim Hae-In

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Ronys Torres vs Elnur Agaev

Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Match
Red Romero vs TBD

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ROAD Fighting Championship has been at the forefront of the incredible growth. In this new era of Mixed Martial Arts, ROAD is committed to creating more opportunities for all 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, China, and Japan, Southeast Asia on KIX, and streamed live in the US on DAZN, in China on Panda.tv, in Southeast Asia on SportsFix.tv, and in other countries on YouTube. The full archive of ROAD FC events are available on demand on YouTube and Epicentre.tv, and in China on Xunlei KanKan.

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