ROAD FC’s first women’s atomweight title bout will go ahead as planned, with Ham Seo-Hee and Kurobe Mina on point at today’s weigh-ins.
ROAD’s inaugural atomweight title shot will serve as the main event of ROAD FC 39, which goes down tomorrow night at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
Mina (10-2) will be fighting in ROAD FC for the very first time, but she’s going to get an immediate title shot. As the current DEEP JEWELS Atomweight Champion, she has proven to be one of the best female fighters in Asia.
“The belt is beautiful,” she said at today’s weigh-ins.
“I will put on a good fight tomorrow. I’m sure of winning. ROAD FC is a big competition and to be the first atomweight champion would be huge. I don’t really have a strategy. I’ve prepared for her attacks and I will defeat her technically. And I don’t think my age is a disadvantage.”
Former UFC fighters, Ham (17-8) is a pioneer for women’s MMA in South Korea. She made her professional MMA debut 10 years ago in Deep 28 Impact against Hisae Watanabe, won by decision, and became a new force in women’s MMA.
“I hope Kurobe will only keep her Japanese belt [laughs]. Up until this moment I didn’t know how bad I wanted to win. I was about to finish my life in MMA when I got this opportunity. I know I’m persistent and I will win. Also, people have called me ‘Hamderlei Silva’, but I would like a new nickname. Please think of one for me.”
In the co-main event Openweight Match, Aorigele again crushed the scales at 157.1kg, while his opponent Myung Hyun-Man weighed in at 116.9kg.
“I feel very good,” Aorigele said. “I’ve wanted to fight Myung Hyun-Man for a long time.”
In the women’s openweight rematch between Yoshiko and Chun Sun-Yoo, there was an almost 20kg advantage to the Japanese pro wrestler, but Chun has the height.
“I won’t make the same mistake twice. I will shatter her in the cage,” Chun said.
In a Taekwondo versus Karate match, Moon Jea-Hoon and Asakura Kai both made weight.
On the Young Guns 34 undercard, both fighters in the women’s -48kg catchweight match did not pass on the first try, Hong Yun-Ha and Arai Mika.
INTERNATIONAL TRIALS BOUT
In the final International Trials for the $1 Million Lightweight Tournament, Rafael Fiziev and Kim Seung-Yeon both made weight.
Rafael Fiziev said: “I came here for one reason, to fight. I’m a husband and a new father. I do this for my family.”
The full ROAD FC 39 weigh-in results:
ATOMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (48kg)
· Ham Seo-Hee: 48.4kg (PASS)
· Kurobe Mina: 48.2kg (PASS)
· Myung Hyun-Man: 116.9kg
· Aorigele: 157.1kg
· Yoshiko: 83.1kg
· Chun Sun-Yoo: 64.8kg
FLYWEIGHT BOUT (57kg)
· Moon Jea-Hoon: 57.5kg (PASS)
· Asakura Kai: 57.3kg (PASS)
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT INT TRIALS (70kg)
· Kim Seung-Yeon: 70.4kg (PASS)
· Rafael Fiziev: 70.3kg (PASS)
· Shim Yoon-Jae: 125.3kg
· Kim Chang-Hee: 162.6kg
YOUNG GUNS 34 Official Weigh-In Results
CATCHWEIGHT BOUT (80kg)
· LA IN-JAE: 80.4kg (PASS)
· CHA IN-HO: 80.3kg (PASS)
FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT (65.5kg)
· KIM SE-YEONG: 65.8kg (PASS)
· LEE JEONG-YEONG: 66kg (PASS)
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT CHINA TRIALS (70kg)
· BAO YINCANG: 70.1kg (PASS)
· WANG MINGWOO: 69.6kg (PASS)
ATOMWEIGHT BOUT (-48kg)
· HONG YUN-HA: 49.4 (FAIL) deduct 50% purse, deduct 5 points per round
· ARAI MIKA: 48.8kg (FAIL) 48.5 final (PASS) deduct 50% purse
BANTAMWEIGHT BOUT (61.5kg)
· KIM YOUNG-GEUN: 61.6kg (PASS)
· KIM WOO-BEEN: 61.4kg (PASS)
LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT (70kg)
· LIM BYEONG-HA: 70.4kg (PASS)
· KIM YO-HAN: 70.1kg (PASS)
WELTERWEIGHT BOUT (77kg)
· STUART GOOCH: 77.4kg (PASS)
· LEE JIN-KYU: 77.1kg (PASS)