ROAD FC 49: Mizuno spoils Lee Eun-Su’s return

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ROAD 049 Mizuno Tatsuya punches Lee Eun-Su
Punches in bunches: Mizuno Tatsuya drops Lee Eun-Su.

The ROAD FC 49 bespoke casino event on 18 August featured just six bouts, but every one of them delivered surprising action. Only one fight on the card went the distance.

In the main event, DEEP middleweight champ Tatsuya Mizuno spoiled the long awaited return of former ROAD FC middleweight champ Lee Eun-Su. Lee had absolutely no time to show off any progress or changes he’d made during his hiatus and recovery period.

Mizuno threw punches to open up a huge double leg takedown, and from there he controlled Lee and eventually took his back. Lee locked like he might survive until Mizuno snaked an arm under his chin and locked in the choke for the first round tap.

Choi Mu-Bae really did try to fulfill his promise to show off some boxing against Ma Anding and he ended up getting dropped in their first exchange.

Choi recovered quickly and repaid Ma with the same. Then it all changed. Choi knew the Chinese stand out could reach him and hit hard, so he went for his bread and butter wrestling, and tripped it to the ground. Ma was crafty to defend, but not nearly enough. Choi’s experience took over and he worked his way to mount and bounced fists off Ma’s skull until the ref called it a day.

Huang Zhenyue stops Saksurin in the opening round.
Huang Zhenyue stops Saksurin.

Fujita Kazuyuki proved that he still has it. He and Justin Morton showed off a good round of technical wrestling, clinch work, and short shots and knees. Fujita definitely wanted to wrestle. In the second, he got exactly what he wanted. Fujita clipped Morton which sent him to the canvas. Instead of jumping down and pounding on him, Fujita worked to north south and locked on a choke for the tap.

Harada Shiho really tried to impose her will on the ground throughout much of her time in the cage with Shi Ming. Harada was able to work with an armbar for much of the first round, but couldn’t get it. On the feat, Shi was lighting her up with jabs, and then owned the second round with a kimura attempt and with strikes that landed. Shi Ming earned the narrow split decision in the first fight to go the distance.

In a striker versus grappler battle, Park Hae-Jin’s BJJ smothered Evgeniy Ryazanov’s chances to get in any fancy striking. Ryazanov landed some painful low kicks, but Park quickly took him down and worked positions. Once he got to the back, brown belt Park wrapped on a rear naked choke and Ryazanov had to tap.

In the opening bout of the night, a striking battle was predicted and that’s what happened, only it was over in seconds. Huang Zhenyue engaged with punches and “Saksurin” Thirayut Khaorat engaged with kicks. Huang scored a big knockdown with a left hook straight away. Saksurin was able to get back to standing, but Huang was in with a barrage to a covered up Saksurin and the ref waived it off.

ROAD FC 49: Official Results

Middleweight Match
Mizuno Tatsuya def Lee Eun-Su
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:32 of R1

Openweight Match
Choi Mu-Bae def Ma Anding
TKO, R1 4:07

Openweight Match
Fujita Kazuyuki def Justin Morton
Submission (north-south choke) at 1:19 of R2

Strawweight Match
Shi Ming def Harada Shiho
Split Decision

Featherweight Match
Park Hae-Jin def Evgeniy Ryazanov
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:33 of R1

Lightweight Match
Huang Zhenyue def Saksurin
TKO at 0:51 of R1

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