Friday Fight Facts: Bae Watch


Bae Myung-Ho

This week’s Friday Fight Facts – everybody’s Bae is back!

Bae Myung-Ho returns in Angel’s Fighting 3, Glory of Heroes drags out the big guns for WW3 in China

Glory of Heroes

Tonight’s Glory of Heroes (荣耀视界) will be an MMA event with some kickboxing openers in Hebei, China. After a recent pissing contest between Wulinfeng and Glory of Heroes that included who pays more and who has the most gym affiliates, Glory of Heroes is dragging out some well-known names. Notable fighters on the MMA side of it are former Legend FC champs Ji Xian and Oscar Liu Wenbo, grappler Cui Liucai, funny guy He Nannan, and women’s standouts Huang Feier and Meng Bo. Not too much competition in the way of their opponents, however. Likely this will be aired as part of their Beijing TV deal, and will probably pop up online somewhere.

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Wardog Cage Fight 13

On Saturday, things kick off with Wardog Cage Fight 13 in Osaka, Japan. There are two titles on the line for the Japan-Korean startup promotion: Makoto Maeda versus Tomoya Suzuki for the 170-strap, and Takayoshi Matsunami versus Jae-Gu Kang for the strawweight title. Also on the card will be UFC/Road FC color commentator Kim Dae-Hwan who is able to get out from behind the booth and into the cage for a change. The event is not broadcast.

Angel’s Fighting 3

Also on Saturday, South Korea’s sporadic starter Angel’s Fighting returns with a beaut of a main event, Bae Myung-Ho returns to action for the first time since military service against Kenta Takagi. Bae was the Legend FC welterweight champ who was widely expected to follow teammate Kim Dong-Hyun into the UFC until promotional problems rocked his boat. More big guys top the card including Jung-Soo Lim versus Matheus Silva at heavyweight. Plus, another Legend FC fave “Hungry” Yang Hae-Jun finally reappears in MMA against Brandon Ropati, fellow Legend vet. It will be broadcast in Korea on KBS N Sports and online on Afreeca TV.

UGB 20: Rambulan Sa Galera

Goat Locker Boxing has set the next Underground Battle for Saturday in beautiful Puerto Galera, Philippines. Flyweight standout Arnel Ylanan will take on newcomer Jovanie Bualan as the main event. Face-famous Mario Sismundo (Pacquiao lookalike who got kneed to death in 19 seconds by Yusuke Yachi in Rizin) will get a fair fight with Jimboy Panlita. Also on the card, former ONE Championship fighter and Borneo warrior AJ Pyro returns to MMA action against Jorlan Formentera. No broadcast.

Shooto – Sapporo Free Fight Spring 2017

On Sunday, yet another Shooto amateur card takes place. The all-day event will take place in King’s Gym, Sapporo, Japan.

Team Lakay Championship XIII

On Monday, in Benuet, Philippines, Team Lakay will hold its next combat sports tournament with a mix of amateur, professional, MMA and kickboxing fights.