ROAD FC 32 will now include a middleweight contender bout between Riki Fukuda and Kim Hoon as well as a featherweight clash between Jumabieke Tuerxun and Kim Soo-Chul. This event will take place at the Hunan International Conference and Exhibition Center in Changsha, Hunan, China on the 2nd of July, 2016.
ROAD FC 32 will now offer a few fights that can have title implications in two weight divisions.
The former ROAD FC Middleweight Champion, Fukuda Riki (23-8 Overall, 4-1, 1 No Contest ROAD FC), will return after losing his belt at ROAD FC 28 to Cha Jung-Hwan by knockout in the second frame to face another Korean mainstay in Kim Hoon (9-11-2 Overall, 0-1-1 ROAD FC).
The Japanese powerhouse has wrecked shop since entering the promotion. He TKO’d every adversary in a two year span to eventually snatch up the 185lb strap at ROAD FC 24 against Jeon Uh-Jin but in his first title defense failed miserably to keep it. Therefore, Fukuda will need to win impressively to set up a rematch against the man that took his status as the middleweight king.
Kim, on the other hand, has not had much success in the ROAD FC cage. His first fight was at ROAD FC 13 against the always entertaining “Minowaman”. The result was bad in that the Japanese veteran knocked Kim senseless with one punch in the first. Then, Kim got his shot at redemption at ROAD FC 18 when he clashed with former UFC welterweight Luis Ramos. This fight ended in a majority draw after three lackluster rounds.
This fight is a win-win situation for Kim and he needs to take full advantage of it. If he can take out the former champ, he could probably call for a title shot since the middleweight division is pretty shallow.
Also, added to the card is a battle in the featherweight division between Jumabieke “Leopard” Tuerxun (16-3-1 Overall, 0-0 ROAD FC) and former ONE bantamweight champion “1 Minute” Kim Soo-Chul (13-5-1 Overall, 9-1-1 ROAD FC).
Jumabieke has worked hard to become one of the best fighters in China. Three years after making his professional debut, he fought for and won the Legend FC bantamweight title. Just two years later, he made is his first appearance in the UFC at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale. Even though he lost all three of his fights in the world’s largest promotion, he showed that he has what it takes at that level.
After being cut by the UFC, he went on to compete for the WBK organization. He ended up fighting twice for the vacant featherweight strap. In the first at WBK 8, “Leopard” fought Brazilian Alison Marques to a majority draw. However, they rematched at WBK 11 and Jumabieke clearly won by getting the unanimous nod from all three judges.
Stepping across from Jumabieke is Kim Soo-Chul, who is one of the best two division fighters (bantamweight and featherweight) coming out of Korea.
“1 Minute” has been on a tear since he lost the ONE Championship bantamweight crown to Bibiano Fernandes at ONE 11. He has six wins with four finishes and a draw which was with Marlon Sandro at ROAD FC 25.
At RIZIN last December, he dominated and got the unanimous decision over former Jungle Fight bantamweight champion Maike Linhares.
Then, at ROAD FC 29, Kim faced UFC veteran Marcus Brimage and put on a show that led to another unanimous decision.
Although this is another big test for Kim in a foreign land, Jumabieke will have all the pressure on him to perform against such a lethal opponent in front of his own countrymen.