On Saturday, June 10, ROAD Fighting Championship returned to the Jangchung Gynmasium in Seoul, South Korea, for ROAD FC 039.
In the evening’s main event, top women’s atomweights Seo Hee Ham and Mina Kurobe clashed for the inaugural ROAD FC atomweight title. Ham made her much anticipated return to her home of South Korea after getting struck with a case of bad luck inside the Octagon. Ham returned to the atomweight division, where she won the DEEP Jewels 48-kilogram title and became a pioneer for women’s MMA in South Korea. Kurobe, 40, won the DEEP Jewels title Ham relinquished for the UFC in her most recent outing, a unanimous decision victory over top Japanese prospect Naho Sugiyama.
In the night’s main card action, South Korean K-1 veteran Hyun Man Myung took on Chinese “heavyweight supernova” Aorigele. Former pro wrestling heel, Yoshiko Hirano, returned to the cage against Sun Yoo Cheon, who she beat in her professional debut at ROAD FC 036. Undefeated Japanese knockout artist Kai Asakura lost for the first time in his career against former title challenger Je Hoon Moon. Lastly, Phuket Top Team’s rising prospect Rafael Fiziev stopped the “Keyboard Warrior” Seung Yeon Kim for the final spot in the ROAD FC $1 million dollar tournament.
The event aired live at 3:30 a.m. ET on Combat Press via FITE TV.
Hyun Man Myung vs. Aorigele ends in no-contest (groin strike). Round 1
Yoshiki Hirano def. Sun Yoo Cheon by submission. Round 1, 4:47
Je Hoon Moon def. Kai Asakura by TKO. Round 2, 2:39
Rafael Fiziev def. Seung Yeon Kim by TKO. Round 1, 4:25 – $1 million tournament qualifier
Yoon Jae Shim vs. Chang Hee Kim ends in no-contest (accidental headbutt). Round 1