Legend Fighting Championship 2

date:

24th June 2010 --- 7:30 PM

location:

Star Hall, Hong Kong   map

rundown:

Legend Fighting Championship returns to Star Hall on June 24 for Hong Kong’s second ever professional MMA competition. Once again, Legend has brought together the top competitors from throughout the Asia-Pacific in a contest to prove who is the superior martial artist.

Having battled Korea’s Nam Yui Chul to a hard-fought draw at Legend 1 in January, Australia’s Adrian Pang returns to Hong Kong to headline Legend 2 against Nam’s teammate, and former lightweight champion of Korea, Yu Woo Sung. In the co-main event, Korean submission specialist, and Dream and M-1 veteran, Bae Myung Ho takes on Australia’s former welterweight champion Matt Cain. And Hong Kong’s Kenny Yeung returns to his hometown to square off against undefeated Justin Lee of Chinese Taipei.

These athletes will be joined by 12 more MMA stars from Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. Victorious Legend 1 veterans Kwon A Sol (Korea), Takuma Wakabayashi (Japan), and Jo Nam Jin (Korea) return to take on new challengers, and a group of exciting new contenders will make their Legend debuts.

Don’t miss these 18 national champions as they compete for pride and glory in a fast-paced night of non-stop action!

event card
LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   Adrian Pang
fighter profile
 
height: 168 cm (5' 6")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Wrestling
MMA record: 20 - 8 - 2
nationality: Australia
   Yu Woo Sung
 
 
height: 176 cm (5' 9")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 13 - 5
nationality: South Korea
background:

Having earned “Fight of the Night” honors in his January contest against Nam Yui Chul, Pang will be seeking to dazzle the Hong Kong audience again in his match-up against Nam’s teammate Yu. Pang is coming off a dominating first-round victory against his most recent opponent, but he will face stiff resistance in Yu, the former lightweight championship of Korea who has not lost a match since 2006. Yu stated, “Pang is a great fighter and a tough guy, but so am I. It’s going to be a hard match for both of us, which means it’s going to be great for the audience.”

Adrian Pang wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Matt Cain
fighter profile
 
height: 183 cm (6' 0")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 9 - 7 - 2
nationality: Australia
   Bae Myung Ho
fighter profile
 
height: 181 cm (5' 11")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 13 - 5 - 1
nationality: South Korea
background:

Both Bae and Matt earned submission victories against their opponents at Legend 1 in January, with Bae’s defeat of his opponent coming with one second left in the second round and earning him “Submission of the Night” honors. When asked about Bae’s award, Cain smiled and responded, “Looks like I’ve got a point to prove then.” Asked about facing Cain, the former welterweight champion of Australia, Bae was similarly upbeat: “There are no easy match-ups at Legend, so I’m excited to have a chance to compete, and I’m training harder than ever before. I want to make sure we put on a great show for the audience.”

Bae Myung Ho wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Kenny Yeung
 
 
height: 176 cm (5' 9")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Wrestling
MMA record: 1 - 4
nationality: Hong Kong
   Justin Lee
fighter profile
 
height: 165 cm (5' 5")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Boxing
MMA record: 3 - 0
nationality: Chinese Taipei
background:

Yeung will be seeking to repeat his dominant performance from Legend 1, where he used his Muay Thai striking to devastating effect, forcing his opponent’s corner to throw in the towel in the middle of the second round. At Legend 2, he will be facing a formidable opponent in Chinese Taipei’s undefeated Justin Lee. Lee is a champion Brazilian Jiujitsu athlete, who also trains in Muay Thai and Boxing. Lee has stated that he competes in MMA as part of his search for “the real martial arts” and is excited to showcase his skills for the Hong Kong crowd.

Justin Lee wins by Technical Knockout (Referee Stoppage) at 0:45 of Round 1
   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
   Kwon A Sol
 
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 17 - 6
nationality: South Korea
background:

Having won his Legend 1 contest against Japan’s Masaya Doi at Legend 1 in January, Kwon returns to Hong Kong seeking another victory. Kwon is a veteran of K-1 Heroes, Sengoku, Spirit MC, and Neofight. In his match against Doi, Kwon showcased his superior Boxing skills and his effective counter-striking in a contest that rarely went to the ground. Fans should expect his match against Hill to be another exciting stand-up battle. Hill, the former Australian lightweight champion, described Kwon as “the ideal opponent for my competitive style.” Although Hill is also a former Australian submission grappling champion and a Brazilian Jiujitsu purple belt, he prefers to stay on his feet and trade with his opponents, and he is looking to make his mark in Legend by defeating the highly-regarded Kwon.

Kwon A Sol wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Daniel Digby
 
 
height: 185 cm (6' 1")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing
MMA record: 12 - 4
nationality: New Zealand
   Zhang Tiequan
fighter profile
 
height: 176 cm (5' 9")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 15 - 3
nationality: China
background:

Zhang grew up on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, the home province of many of China’s top mixed martial artists. Originally a wrestler, Zhang also trained intensively in Sanda from a young age, ultimately placing third in China’s national Sanda championships. He also holds the Middleweight Championship in the Philippines’ URCC tournament. The undefeated Zhang currently trains under Brazilian Top Team’s Ruy Menezes and has developed a powerful arsenal of Brazilian Jiujitsu skills, with more than half of his 12 victories coming by submission. New Zealand Welterweight Champion Daniel “The Gravedigger” Digby will be seeking to end Zhang’s unbeaten run. Digby is a high-level Brazilian Jiujitsu purple belt, with seven of his eight victories coming by way of submission. Fans should expect a gripping contest when two of the Asia-Pacific’s best grapplers face off in this match.

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Zhang Tiequan wins by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:30 of Round 1
   Pat Crawley
fighter profile
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 8 - 3
nationality: New Zealand
   Li Jingliang
fighter profile
 
height: 183 cm (6' 0")
weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 8 - 2
nationality: China
background:

Crawley began his martial arts career with Boxing and Wrestling during his seven years as a soldier in the New Zealand army, and he made the transition into MMA a year after leaving the military. Currently the Rize Australian middleweight champion, Crawley is known for his extremely aggressive stand-up skills and his brutal ground-and-pound. He will be facing China’s undefeated Li Jingliang. A native of China’s Xinjiang province, Li originally trained in Sanda and Wrestling, winning several provincial freestyle Wrestling championships. Now based in Beijing and a member of elite MMA academy China Top Team, Li has developed formidable Brazilian Jiujitsu submission skills and is looking forward to testing himself against one of New Zealand’s top contenders.

Pat Crawley wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Kevin Belingon
 
 
height: 165 cm (5' 5")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 9 - 2
nationality: Philippines
   Jo Nam Jin
fighter profile
 
height: 168 cm (5' 6")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 7 - 6
nationality: South Korea
background:

Jo earned a first-round submission victory against Australia’s heavily favored and more experienced Mick Mortimer at Legend 1. The winner of the 2009 Sengoku Rookie Tournament in Japan, Jo started competing in MMA when he was still in high school, and at only 19-years old, he is Legend’s youngest competitor. In spite of this impressive win, Jo will once again be the underdog when he takes on Kevin Belingon of the Philippines. Belingon is the current featherweight champion of the Philippines and also holds titles in Kickboxing, Wushu, and Sanda. Known for his superb conditioning and well-rounded combat skills, he holds a perfect record of six wins and no losses. He is coming off a recent first-round TKO victory over a highly regarded Thai opponent and will seek to repeat this dominant performance against the younger, hungrier Jo.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Kevin Belingon wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Tony Rossini
fighter profile
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 7 - 4 - 1
nationality: Australia
   Zhang Lipeng
 
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Sanda, Judo
MMA record: 8 - 5
nationality: China
background:

Like his teammate and compatriot Zhang Tiequan, Zhang Lipeng hails from China’s Inner Mongolia province. Having trained extensively in Sanda, Wrestling, and Judo, Zhang is one of China’s most highly decorated mixed martial artists: he was the 2007 Inner Mongolia Sanda Champion, the 2009 All-China Muay Thai Champion, and the 2009 Beijing Sanda Champion. His opponent, Tony Rossini, is one of Australian MMA’s rising stars, training alongside champion Australian fighters such as Adrian Pang and Matt Cain at Brisbane’s elite Integrated MMA Academy. Soft-spoken outside the ring, Rossini has put together a string of impressive victories over the past year and a half. He has earned four of his five wins by submission, and he will be seeking to neutralize the powerful Zhang using his signature rear naked choke.

Tony Rossini wins by Submission (Armbar) at 2:56 of Round 1
   Takuma Wakabayashi
 
 
height: 163 cm (5' 4")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Brazilian Jiujitsu, Karate
MMA record: 4 - 1
nationality: Japan
   Wang Zhen
 
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling
MMA record: 6 - 3
nationality: China
background:

At only 24-years old, Wakabayashi is already a seasoned competitor. A Brazilian Jiujitsu brown belt, Wakabayashi has won the All-Japan Jiujitsu Tournament and come second in Brazil’s Copa Acai Tournament. In his Legend 1 victory, his grappling skills were a clear source of frustration for his opponent Yang Jianping, who was unable to mount a clean and effective defense. His opponent, China’s Wang Zhen, is known as one of the most powerful punchers in his weight class, with knockout power in both hands. Known by his nickname “Storm” for the way that he aggressively swarms his opponents, Wang holds championship titles in Sanda, Muay Thai, and MMA. Will Wakabayashi’s highly technical grappling triumph over Wang’s devastating striking? Find out on June 24th!

Takuma Wakabayashi wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:50 of Round 1