Legend Fighting Championship 8

date:

30th March 2012 --- 7:00 PM (prelims), 9:00 PM (main card)

location:

AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong   map

rundown:

Legend returns to Hong Kong for the first time in more than a year with Legend Fighting Championship 8 at AsiaWorld-Expo on Friday, March 30!

After claiming the Legend Lightweight Title in a performance ranked as one of the Top 10 Fights of 2011, Mongolia’s Jadamba Narantungalag makes his first defense of the Legend belt against dangerous South Korean brawler Nam Yui Chul. On a three-fight win streak, including dual Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night honors at Legend 5, Nam faces the toughest fight of his career against Jadamba, who is on a seven-fight win streak of his own.

Following a last-minute injury to Indonesia’s undisputed number-one fighter Fransino Tirta, Chinese submission artist Ji Xian has stepped up to challenge dangerous Japanese knockout artist Yusuke Kawanago for the first ever Legend Featherweight Title. Ji is undefeated, with all seven of his victories coming by way of first-round submission. But heavy-handed Kawanago has promised to give the audience a fight that they will never forget.

Also on the main card, 2011 Shooto Rookie Tournament winner Yusuke Kasuya makes his Legend debut against top South Korean lightweight Song Un Sik. Always exciting South Korean Kim Hoon welcomes former Sengoku welterweight champion Keita Nakamura to the Legend Ring. Sam Brown and Yuki Niimura clash in a battle of light heavyweights. And Legend newcomers Wu Haotian and Dan Hooker both look to notch a victory in their debut.

Join 20 national champion fighters as the Asia-Pacific’s best MMA returns to Hong Kong!

event card
LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   Nam Yui Chul
fighter profile
 
height: 175 cm (5' 9")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 16 - 4 - 1
nationality: South Korea
   Jadamba Narantungalag
fighter profile
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Karate, Judo, Wrestling
MMA record: 8 - 3
nationality: Mongolia
background:

Nam Yui Chul is South Korea’s most dominant lightweight, known for his aggressive brawling style. In his last outing at Legend, he earned both Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night honors for his back-and-forth battle with durable Australian Rob Hill. With his last shot at the Legend Lightweight Title ending in a narrow split decision loss, Nam is keen to take advantage of this second chance. But facing him will be Mongolia’s Jadamba Narantungalag – one of Asia’s top lightweight fighters currently riding a seven-fight win streak dating back to 2007. With Jadamba’s Legend 6 victory against Adrian Pang earning a spot on the list of Top 10 Fights of 2011, Nam will need a career-best performance to walk away with the belt.

Jadamba Narantungalag wins by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:58 of Round 2
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   Ji Xian
fighter profile
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 11 - 2
nationality: China
   Yusuke Kawanago
fighter profile
 
height: 174 cm (5' 9")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 13 - 3 - 1
nationality: Japan
background:

With Indonesia’s Fransino Tirta sidelined with a ruptured appendix, undefeated Chinese submission specialist Ji Xian has stepped in to take on Japan’s Yusuke Kawanago for the inaugural Legend Featherweight Championship. Ji holds an impressive record of eight wins and no losses, with all eight of his victories coming by submission, and none of his opponents ever escaping the first round. However, he will have his hands full with Kawanago. The heavy-handed Japanese fighter is known for his takedown and submission defense and aggressive counter-striking, and will be seeking to begin his reign as champion with one of his trademark knockout finishes.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Yusuke Kawanago wins by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:18 of Round 2
   Yuki Niimura
fighter profile
 
height: 187 cm (6' 2")
weight: 93 kg (205 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 4 - 2
nationality: Japan
   Sam Brown
fighter profile
 
height: 184 cm (6' 0")
weight: 93 kg (205 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 12 - 6 - 1
nationality: New Zealand
background:

In his last Legend outing, Strike Force Auckland product Sam Brown won an impressive victory over elite Chinese striker Liu Wenbo. On March 30, he seeks another high-profile win against the number one contender for the DEEP light heavyweight crown, Yuki Niimura. Brown is a seasoned veteran of the New Zealand and Australian MMA scene, and is known as a finisher, with most of his victories coming by way of knockout or submission. But he will be matched against an equally aggressive opponent with strong finishing skills in Niimura, who holds an undefeated record with none of his fights lasting beyond the first round. With both of these men hunting for a statement victory, fans should expect a quick fight.

Sam Brown wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Kim Hoon
fighter profile
 
height: 185 cm (6' 1")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 9 - 9 - 1
nationality: South Korea
   Keita Nakamura
 
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Brazilian Jiujitsu, Judo
MMA record: 24 - 5 - 2
nationality: Japan
background:

A former contender for the Legend Welterweight Title, Korea’s Kim Hoon has repeatedly proven himself to be one of the most exciting fighters on the Legend roster. His 22-second first-round TKO win against Justin Murray at Legend 3 still holds the record as Legend’s fastest victory, and in his last outing at Legend 6 he took home Submission of the Night honors against previously undefeated Australian phenomenon Robert Whittaker. On March 30, he will face his toughest opponent to date: former Sengoku Welterweight Champion Keita Nakamura, a veteran of almost 30 fights with 15 of his 22 victories by stoppage. With both men known especially for their grappling prowess, this could prove to be the most technical contest of the night.

Keita Nakamura wins by Technical Knockout (Injury) at 5:00 of Round 1
   Wu Haotian
fighter profile
 
height: 177 cm (5' 10")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Wrestling, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 11 - 4 - 1
nationality: China
   Daniel Hooker
fighter profile
 
height: 184 cm (6' 0")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 9 - 4
nationality: New Zealand
background:

Like his teammate Ji Xian, Wu Haotian has developed a reputation as a dangerous submission artist. But unlike most other Chinese MMA fighters who come from a Sanda base, Wu’s roots are in wrestling – a discipline he started in his childhood in China’s Inner Mongolia province. On March 30 Wu will make his Legend debut against another newcomer to the Legend Ring: top New Zealand lightweight prospect Daniel Hooker. Hooker trains at famed Auckland academy Strike Force alongside elite Kiwi fighters Sam Brown and Rod MacSwain. With both men looking for a win in their first Legend outing, fans should expect fireworks in this first fight of the main card.

Wu Haotian wins by Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:52 of Round 2
   Rob Hill
fighter profile
 
height: 175 cm (5' 9")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 11 - 9 - 1
nationality: Australia
   Yusuke Kasuya
fighter profile
 
height: 170 cm (5' 7")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 8 - 1 - 1
nationality: Japan
background:

Shooto Rookie Champions have historically been some of the best prospects in Japanese MMA, and Yusuke Kasuya fits the mold perfectly: a teammate of Legend Featherweight Title contender Yusuke Kawanago, the 22-year old Kasuya is undefeated since his professional debut two years ago, finishing six of his seven opponents during that time. Originally slated to face elite Korean lightweight Song Un Sik, a late injury left Song unable to compete, so Legend organizers selected the most natural candidate to replace him: the last man to defeat Song, Australian brawler Rob Hill. One of Legend’s most colorful fighters both inside and outside the ring, Hill is coming off at Knockout of the Night performance against Song at Legend 6 and will be looking to celebrate his birthday this weekend with another solid victory.

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Rob Hill wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:55 of Round 1
   Wu Chengjie
fighter profile
 
height: 174 cm (5' 9")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling
MMA record: 5 - 5
nationality: China
   Leonard Delarmino
fighter profile
 
height: 175 cm (5' 9")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Boxing, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do
MMA record: 3 - 4
nationality: Philippines
background:

Wu Chengjie’s scrappy never-say-die style of fighting has won him plenty of respect and fans both inside and outside China. He is the first man to take top Indonesian fighter Fransino Tirta the distance, and he was narrowly edged out in a close decision against Legend Featherweight Title contender Yusuke Kawanago. Hungry for his first Legend victory, Wu now finds himself facing yet another tough match-up in Muay Thai stylist Leonard Delarmino. Delarmino brings the same dangerous striking and relentless pace as Wu, and with both fighters refusing to ever take a backward step in their contests, this promises to be one of the best fights of the night.

Wu Chengjie wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Jazor Ablasi
fighter profile
 
height: 163 cm (5' 4")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 2 - 1
nationality: Philippines
   Danaa Batgerel
fighter profile
 
height: 171 cm (5' 7")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 4 - 1
nationality: Mongolia
background:

Mongolian fighter Danaa Batgerel needed less than one round to finish Hong Kong’s Vincent Siu at his Legend debut in October 2011. In his next outing, he will be facing a significantly more challenging and experienced opponent in Jazor Ablasi of the Philippines. With both Danaa and Ablasi training at altitude – Danaa in Ulaanbaatar, and Ablasi in Baguio – fans should expect a war of attrition as both men bring a combination of excellent conditioning and well-rounded striking and grappling to the Legend Ring.

Danaa Batgerel wins by Majority Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Kai Kara-France
fighter profile
 
height: 165 cm (5' 5")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 8 - 3
nationality: New Zealand
   Agustin Delarmino, Jr.
fighter profile
 
height: 168 cm (5' 6")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Boxing, Sanda, Muay Thai
MMA record: 6 - 3
nationality: Philippines
background:

For MMA fans unfamiliar with Filipino bantamweight Agustin Delarmino, Jr., it took only 44 seconds for him to make a lasting impression with his highlight reel knockout of Sung Ming-Yen. Originally scheduled to face top Korean fighter Jo Nam Jin, a late injury has paved the way for Strike Force Auckland standout Kai Kara-France to make his Legend debut against Delarmino instead. Delarmino will be hunting for another knockout victory, and Kara-France will be looking for a big win in his Legend debut. With both men bringing an explosive fighting style to the Legend Ring, fight fans can expect fireworks in this match-up.

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Agustin Delarmino, Jr., wins by Knockout (Punches) at 0:29 of Round 3
   Terrence Chan
fighter profile
 
height: 170 cm (5' 7")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 1 - 0
nationality: Hong Kong
   Alex Lee
 
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 0 - 2
nationality: Hong Kong
background:

Although martial arts are his true passion, Terrence Chan makes a living through an entirely different form of competition: professional poker. But in spite of his hectic poker work and travel schedule, he always finds time to train and opportunities to compete in Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA. Chan has been looking for his first professional MMA fight for quite some time, and he will finally have his opportunity against fellow Hong Kong fighter Alex Lee. Lee is originally a Muay Thai fighter who made the transition to MMA just over a year ago. Although he came up unsuccessful in his first outing, Lee dropped his opponent twice with knees from the clinch, and will be seeking redemption in his second effort. With two fighters both looking for their first professional win, this contest promises an explosive kick-off to Legend 8.

Terrence Chan wins by Submission (Armbar) at 1:55 of Round 2
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