ROAD FC 012: “King of Pancrase” Ryo Kawamura vs Lee DoolHee


Yes, it’s the Man in the Leather Pants making his way into the ROAD FC cage – none other than King Of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura stepping foot on foreign shores to accept challenge from anyone in his weight category. Lee DoolHee has decided to step back into the game after two years (most recently out due to injury) to stave off the invasion – because he’s familiar with taking on Japanese even in hostile territory.

Kawamura is a dyed-in-the-wool Pancraseist since 2005. He won and defended the Light Heavyweight KOP belt before vacating it to move down a weight class. He also fought in Sengoku against the likes of Kevin Randelman, King Mo, and is the only person to have defeated Antonio Braga Neto. Kawamura is former President of Pancrase so he’s been involved in the fight game in a broad manner of ways. This guy has donned his traditional black leather briefs – an homage to the original uniforms of Hybrid Wrestling – and had head banger after headbanger affairs with challengers, but his most recent outing was a vast disappointment to his fans and himself. Ryo’s gameplan to fake out Melvin Manhoef in ONE FC failed miserably and he paid by KO.

Lee DoolHee at 7-7 may seem an unlikely candidate for the KOP, but Koreans have a history of mucking up the MMA math via ROAD FC recently. Examples are easily come by: Kang DongGook taking Jeff Monson for three rounds, Kim JaeYong and Whi SeungBae doing the same respectively to Melvin Manhoef and Thierry Sokoudjou, then Son HyaeSuk dropping Minowaman in what was originally billed as the Super Hluk’s title challenge. Lee himself was on a four-fight win streak before eating a left hook from Kim JongDae, a drastic underdog. He’s been clamoring for a fight since he’s recovered, and with a string of Japanese opponents laid to rest in his past, he looks to add Ryo to the graveyard.

ROAD FC 012 and Young Guns 8
June 22, 2013
Wonju Stadium
Wonju, South Korea

Main Card

[밴텀급 토너먼트 결승] Bantamweight Tournament Final and Championship
이길우 Lee KilOo vs. Song MinJong 송민종

[웰터급매치] Welterweight Superfight
배명호 Bae MyoungHo vs. Andrews Nakahara 앤드류스 나카하라

[페더급매치] Welterweight Champion Versus Champion Match
김수철 Kim SooChul vs. Otsuka Takafumi 오츠카 타카후미

[페더급 토너먼트 8강] Featherweight Tournament Match #1
권배용 Kwon BaeYoung vs. Michihiro Omigawa 오미가와 미치히로

[여성부 페더급매치] Women’s Featherweight
요시다 마사코 Masako Yoshida vs. TBA

[라이트헤비급매치] Light Heavyweight
김지훈 Kim JiHoon vs. Noji Ryuta 노지 류타

■ 로드FC 영건스 8 – Young Guns 8

[미들급매치] Middleweight
이둘희 Lee DoolHee vs. Ryo Kawamura

[페더급 토너먼트 8강] Featherweight Tournament Match #2
김창현 Kim ChangHyun vs. Kosuke Umeda 우메다 코스케

[페더급 토너먼트 8강] Featherweight Tournament Match #3
길영복 Gil YoungBok vs. Kim WonGi 김원기

[페더급 토너먼트 8강] Featherweight Tournament Match #4
최무겸 Choi MuGyum vs. Hubert Geven 허벌트 기븐

[페더급 토너먼트 리저브매치] Featherweight Tournament Reserve Match
허윤 Heo Yoon vs. Jo ByeongOok 조병옥

[밴텀급매치] Bantamweight
이윤준 Lee YoonJoon vs. Into League Tournament Winner 인투리그 토너먼트 우승자