Friday Fight Facts: Lethwei returns to Yangon

WLC has set Lethwei on a new path. Photo: Stev Bonhage.

Fans of combat sports are in for a treat this weekend, with plenty of face-punching action for all. From Yangon, to South Korea and Thailand, we’ve got you covered.

World Lethwei Championship 2: Ancient Warriors
For the more dedicated fight fan, tonight sees the return of Myanmar-based World Lethwei Championship, which hosts eight bare-knuckle, balls-to-the-wall fights at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon. In the main event, Myanmar’s Soe Lin Oo will meet Polish fighter Artur Saladiak, while lethwei legend Too Too will face James Benal in a middleweight scrap. The event starts 7pm Yangon Time (GMT+6:30) can be watched on WLC’s Facebook page.

Kunlun Fight 62
Chinese promotion Kunlun heads across the boarder to Thailand tonight where Buakaw Banchamek will face off against Kong Lingfeng at Kunlun Fight 62. Also on the card is Thai Superbon Banchamek, who takes on Artem Pashporin out of Russia. The event will stream on the Kunlun app and you can probably watch it on Workpoint TV.

ROAD FC caps off a big Saturday with a fine card featuring ROAD’s first women’s atomweight title bout. Former UFC fighter Ham Seo-Hee will face current DEEP JEWELS atomweight champion Kurobe Mina in the main event, but there’s a few other solid matches lined up. Ones to watch include openweight giants Myung Hyun-Man vs. Aorigele and a flyweight scrap between Moon Jea-Hoon and Asakura Kai. Outside Korea ROAD will put the entire show on YouTube, or just watch it here!

If all that ain’t enough, early tomorrow UFC is back in New Zealand where heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt headline a entertaining card.

Kicking off the main event is a potential barn-burner between Japanese veteran Mizuto Hirota and Alexander Volkanovski. Hirota will be looking for a second straight win following a victory over Cole Miller in his last fight, but Volkanovski is no easy task. He made an impressive debut in the UFC last November when he handed out a second-round TKO to Yusuke Kasuya. Also one to watch is Tim Elliott vs. Ben Nguyen. Elliott may have stepped in on short notice, but remains a heavy favorite to get the win in New Zealand.