Next month’s ROAD FC 52 has added a bantamweight title fight between Kim Min-Woo and Moon Je-Hoon, two former title challengers.
South Korea’s ROAD FC continues to assemble next month’s ROAD FC 52 event in Seoul. On Monday, the promotion announced via press release that a bantamweight title fight had been added to the card. In that, Kim Min-Woo, a former bantamweight title challenger in the organization, will take on Moon Je-Hoon for the vacant title.
Min-Woo (8-2) actually lost a championship fight to countryman Kim Soo-Chul, when the title was up for grabs back in 2017 at ROAD FC 38. He and Moon Je-Hoon have met twice before, with each taking one fight a piece. That makes their title fight next month a rubber match, with the gold adding to the stakes. Je-Hoon (11-12), competing for over a decade, is a Taekwondo specialist who has lost two straight. He last competed for RIZIN in December, where he lost a unanimous decision against Kai Asakura.
Also added to the ROAD FC 52 card is Jang Ik-Hwan (6-2) vs. Jang Dae-Young (5-2). The bantamweight pairing will see Muay Thai specialist Ik-Hwan looking to bounce back from the first loss of his career, against Heili Alateng. Earlier in his run as a pro, Ik-Hwan suffered his only other defeat against current UFC prospect Kai Kara-France.
The ROAD FC 52 card to date is as follows:
ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Final Match: Shamil Zavurov vs Mansour Barnaoui
Bantamweight Championship: Kim Min-Woo vs Moon Je-Hoon
80kg Catchweight Match: Kim Seung-Yeon vs Ki No-Joo
Lightweight Match: Bruno Miranda vs Hong Young-Ki
Bantamweight Match: Jang Ik-Hwan vs Jang Dae-Young
ROAD FC 52 takes place Saturday, February 23 at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea.