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Minowaman Wins 100th Fight
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2013 12:35
Written by BabaluJack
Sunday, October 13th, 2013

The legendary Minowaman ( also known as Ikuhisa Minowa ) competed in his 100th professional mixed martial arts bout yesterday at ROAD FC 13. The 37 year old veteran knocked out Team Tackle’s Hoon Kim in the first round via a devastating overhand right, it is only Minowa’s 8th KO victory of his career. A perfect way to celebrate your 100th MMA fight, Minowa’s career started all the way back in 1996 and he has fought for Pancrase, UFC, DEEP, PRIDE, Cage Rage, HERO’S and DREAM. The highest point of his career came when he won the DREAM Super Hulk tournament in 2009, knocking out Sokoujou in the finals.

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ROAD FC Signs Riki Fukuda
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:03
Written by BabaluJack
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013


Korean promotion ROAD FC confirmed the signing of former DEEP middleweight champion Riki Fukuda. The 32 year old, 9 year pro will make his promotional debut at ROAD FC 013 on October 12th. Fukuda is coming off a two year stint in the UFC, leaving the promotion with a 2-3 record. He was released after his loss to Brad Tavares in March. Before his UFC run, Fukuda fought for promotions such as DEEP, DREAM and EliteXC, defeating the likes of Ninja Rua, Ryuta Sakurai and Jason Jones.

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DEEP 63: Nakamura vs Miller, DEEP vs ROAD FC
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:28
Written by BabaluJack
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


More bouts have been confirmed for DEEP 63rd Impact which will take place August 25th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

In his retirement bout, PRIDE veteran Henry “Sentoryu” Miller will square off against DEEP’s middleweight champion Kazuhiro Nakamura. After a long and successful sumo career, Miller tried his hand at mixed martial arts competition in 2004. Since then he has gone 6-15-1 (NC) competing in PRIDE, SRC, Cage Rage, Pancrase and many other promotions. Middleweight champ Nakamura has been busy promoting and headlining his own MMA card in Hiroshima. He took on PRIDE veteran Daijiro Matsui in the main event, winning by first round knockout. Nakamura’s middleweight belt will not be on the line.

ROAD FC 012 saw an invasion of Japanese talent, now the Korean promotion looks to return the favour as they will send three members of their roster to challenge the best DEEP has to offer. Former lightweight champ Katsunori Kikuno takes on Yong Jae Lee, featherweight slugger Tatsunao Nagakura faces Ok Yoon Fan and Toshiyaki Kitada clashes with Myung Sik Kwak.

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Road FC 12 Results
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 11:11
Written by IQWrestler
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

June 22, 2013
Chiak Stadium
Wonju, South Korea

Bantamweight Title Tournament Finals – 5×3:

Lee Gil-Woo defeated Song Min-Jong via Decision (Split)

Welterweight bout – 5×3:

Andrews Nakahara drew with Myung Ho Bae

Featherweight Tournament bout – 5×2:

Bae Young Kwon defeated Michihiro Omigawa via

Strawweight bout – 5×3

Celine Haga defeated Masako Yoshida via Submission (Choke Sleeper) – R1

Middleweight bout – 5×3:

Lee Dool-Hee defeated Ryo Kawamura via Decision (Split)

Light Heavyweight bout – 5×3:

Ryuta Noji defeated Ji Hoon Kim via TKO – R1

Bantamweight bout – 5×3:

Yun Jun Lee defeated Takafumi Otsuka via Decision (Unanimous)

Featherweight Tournament bout – 5×2:

Young Bok Gil defeated Won Gi Kim via Decision

Featherweight Tournament bout – 5×2:

Mu Kyum Choi defeated Hubert Geven via Decision

Featherweight Tournament Reserve bout – 5×2:

Byung Ok Jo defeated Hyun Song Chang via Decision

Bantamweight bout – 5×2:

Han Yi Moon defeated Song Jae Kim via Decision

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Celine Haga vs Masako Yoshida, June 22
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:46
Written by Charles Jewett
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

One of the more interesting stories in MMA right now, is the career turnaround of Celine Haga. In her first 12 fights she went 1-11. The sole victory came over Jewels star Mika Nagano, however a rematch was fought and Nagano emerged the victor. At this point, many people stopped taking her seriously. Well now that Celine has won 3 in a row, people have started to take notice. What really caught people’s attention was when Celine defeated Naho Sugiyama this March. At that point, Naho had only lost one fight, to Invicta Champion Jessica Penne, and was thought to be one of the best fighters in Japan. Most people didn’t give Celine a chance, thinking that Jewels was giving Sugiyama an easy fight. Celine proved them wrong be winning the fight and the event’s MVP prize.

This month, Celine looks to build on her streak. She will be facing off against Japanese veteran Masako Yoshida for Road FC on the 22nd. Yoshida hasn’t fought under MMA rules in over 3 years, but did recently compete at the last Jewels show under grappling rules. Her opponent was Emi Tomimatsu. Emi dominated the match and almost finished Yoshida several times. This is significant because Emi is one of Celine’s training partners. Celine, while from Norway, has formed a training regime in Japan that involves some of the best fighters in the country. She splits her time training at AACC (Megumi Fujii, Ayaka Hamasaki, Hitomi Akano), GroundSlam (Roxanne Modafferi, Kikuyo Ishikawa), Bungeling Bay (Miku Hayashi) and with other fighters such as Emi Tomimatsu. It is safe to say that for the first time in her career, Celine is the obvious favorite going into the match. That is not to say that Masako Yoshida is some pushover. Yoshida has fought over 30 fights and has faced off against some of the best the sport has to offer. She brings a ton of experience into the fight.

When asked for comment, Celine had this to say:

 I’m excited to fight in Korea, Being signed to Road FC is not the final..its like entering a marathon..first you have to go through the hard training, then you have to reach the finish line..but I’m ready to give it all a 100%!  For each loss -I’ve grown as a fighter, developed more skills..and for each win- I’ve gained more confidence and self-esteem.. and I believe it is the perfect combination to have at this point! ganbaru

ROAD FC 012, 22nd June, 2013, Chi-ak stadium, Won-ju, Korea

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Pancrase vs. The World, Kawamura vs. Lee Announced For ROAD FC 12
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:46
Written by BabaluJack
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013


ROAD FC announced that Middleweight King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura will travel to South Korea to take on Dool Hee Lee at ROAD FC 12.

This will be be Kawamura’s first bout since his devastating K.O loss to Melvin Manhoef back in October last year. Kawamura’s participation at ROAD FC 12 should come as no surprise, its seems to be all part of Pancrase’s “Global Standard”.  With their partnerships with Wand Fight Team and AKA, Pancrase have opened it’s doors to world class talent, putting them up against the best of the promotion’s roster. But that’s not enough, they are now sending out their top fighters to compete all around the world to prove themselves outside of home territory: former featherweight champ Koji Oishi will challenge Honorio Banario for ONE FC gold in the Philippines,  current Featherweight KOP Takumi Nakayama will compete in PXC in June, and rising star Yoshiaki Takahashi will fight for Russian promotion GFC.

Kawamura’s opponent Lee holds a 7-7 record and is veteran of DEEP, M-1 and Spirit MC.

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Omigawa Enters ROAD FC Featherweight Tournament
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 08:02
Written by BabaluJack
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013



Michihiro Omigawa is set to compete in the ROAD FC Featherweight Tournament which will take place at ROAD FC 12 on June 22nd.

The 37 year Judoka is 1-5 in his last six bouts, which include a second difficult stint in the UFC and decision loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri last New Year’s Eve at DREAM 18. Omigawa will look to repeat the success he had in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix back in 2009, where, to surprise of many, he reached the finals of tournament, defeating the likes of Marlon Sandro, LC Davis and Nam Phan in the process, he would lose out to Masanori Kanehara in the finals but solidified himself as one of the best featherweights in Japan.

Also competing in the tournament is DEEP veteran Kosuke Umeda. The 42 year old, fighting out of R-Blood, holds a 13-12-3 record, including a win over Won Sik “Parky” Park.

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