Legend Fighting Championship 3

date:

24th September 2010 --- 7:30 PM

location:

HKCEC, Hong Kong   map

rundown:

On September 24, at the HKCEC in Wan Chai, two of the biggest and toughest Mixed Martial Artists in the Asia-Pacific will go toe-to-toe in Legend’s 120-kilogram Heavyweight division to determine who is the better fighter. Undefeated Korean heavyweight “Hungry” Yang Hae Jun, who has never let a fight go past the first round, will take on heavy-handed Kelvin “The Big Hit” Fitial of the Northern Mariana Islands.  With both fighters looking for the huge knockout, this fight promises to be an action-packed battle.

Also on the card, coming off victories at Legend 1 and 2, Korea’s #1 welterweight Bae Myung Ho returns to the ring to take on Brazilian Jiujitsu black belt and Muay Thai champion Adam Shahir Kayoom of Malaysia. And recent Australian welterweight champion Justin Murray makes his Legend debut against Korean submission specialist Kim Hoon. The winners of these two bouts will return to face each other for Legend’s inaugural Welterweight Championship at Legend Fighting Championship 4.

Earlier in the evening, Korea’s Kwon A Sol will be back in the ring, looking for a third successive Legend victory to earn a title shot against Lightweight Champion Adrian Pang. And Hong Kong’s own Kenny Yeung will be seeking redemption through a decisive victory. They will be joined by Legend veterans Kevin Belingon (Philippines), Li Jingliang (China), and Takuma Wakabayashi (Japan), along with seven more Asia-Pacific MMA stars.

18 national champion fighters. 9 action-packed fights. 1 night of unforgettable MMA competition. Don’t miss it!

event card
   Kelvin Fitial
 
 
height: 191 cm (6' 3")
weight: 115 kg (254 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 12 - 6 - 2
nationality: Northern Mariana Islands
   Yang Hae Jun
fighter profile
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 108 kg (238 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 9 - 5
nationality: South Korea
background:

At 22-years old, “Hungry” Yang is one of the hottest prospects in Korean MMA. He is undefeated in his five MMA bouts, all of which he has won by devastating first-round knockout. In addition to his heavy hands, Yang is one of Korea’s top-ranked wrestlers, a product of the team at Yong-In University which has produced several Olympians, and winner of the 2009 Korean National Grappling Championship in the absolute weight division.

He will be facing Saipan’s Kelvin Fitial, a seasoned veteran of almost 20 MMA fights. Although Fitial also holds several grappling titles, including the CNMI Grappling Gold Medal and the Guam Heavyweight Grappling Gold Medal, he describes himself as “a stand-up fighter” who prefers to stay on his feet and bang with his opponents, as shown by his record of seven out of 10 wins by knockout. Both men will be seeking the KO victory, so fans should expect fireworks when two of the Asia-Pacific’s best heavyweights step into the ring here in Hong Kong.

Kelvin Fitial wins by Technical Knockout (Referee Stoppage) at 3:16 of Round 1
WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: ROUND 1
   Adam Shahir Kayoom
fighter profile
 
height: 181 cm (5' 11")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai
MMA record: 4 - 1
nationality: Malaysia
   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:

Adam Kayoom is one of the most accomplished martial artists to ever come out of Malaysia. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu under Ricardo Liborio of American Top Team, having won more than 30 matches against only seven defeats. His professional Muay Thai record is similarly impressive, with 15 wins against only three defeats, and numerous Thai and Cambodian titles to his name, including World Muay Thai and World Muay Khmer Middleweight Champion.  On September 24, Kayoom will attempt to prove to the world that he can combine his skills into an effective Mixed Martial Arts game against one of the most dangerous welterweights in Asia.

His opponent needs no introduction: a veteran of 17 MMA fights, Bae is Korea’s top Welterweight prospect and comes into Legend 3 having won both his bouts at Legend 1 and 2. His flamboyant personality has quickly made him a crowd favorite, but he prefers to let his skills do the talking. With Korean national titles in both Brazilian Jiujitsu and Sanda, his ground-fighting and striking skills are a perfect match for the seasoned Kayoom. And with a shot at the Legend Welterweight Title on the line, Bae will be bringing everything he has into this fight.

Bae Myung Ho wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: ROUND 1
   Justin Murray
 
 
height: 183 cm (6' 0")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai
MMA record: 6 - 3 - 1
nationality: Australia
   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
background:

Murray is currently the top-ranked Australian Welterweight contender, with a slew of Australian titles under his belt: Warriors Realm Welterweight Champion, Xtreme Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion, and New South Wales Brazilian Jiujitsu Champion. A brown belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu, Murray is also an accomplished striker, with all six of his victories coming by way of submission or knockout, including a KO victory over Legend favorite and fellow countryman Matt Cain.

Murray’s seasoned opponent is veteran Korean Welterweight Kim Hoon. Kim’s fight record reads like a who’s who of Japanese and Korean MMA. At home he has been given the nickname “Korean Nogueira” for his excellent grappling skills, but his striking is equally impressive, having earned half his victories by KO. Kim is the dark horse coming into this fight, but he relishes the role of underdog and is looking to spoil Murray’s Legend debut.

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Kim Hoon wins by Technical Knockout (Referee Stoppage) at 0:22 of Round 1
   Ning Guangyou
fighter profile
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Wrestling, Sanda
MMA record: 6 - 2 - 1
nationality: China
   Kwon A Sol
 
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 17 - 6
nationality: South Korea
background:

This will be Kwon’s third successive fight at Legend. This veteran of K-1 Heroes, Sengoku, and Spirit MC has quickly earned a reputation among Hong Kong fans as one of the most exciting lightweight fighters in the region. His Legend 2 contest against Rob Hill was an action-packed three-round slugfest in which he ultimately edged the Australian via a unanimous decision victory. A win at Legend 3 will guarantee the young Korean brawler a shot at Adrian Pang for Legend’s Lightweight Championship.

Standing in Kwon’s way is China’s Ning Guangyou, one of China’s most elite Greco-Roman Wrestlers, with a 67-5 competitive record in Wrestling, and whose titles include National City Games Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion, Shandong Province Wrestling Champion, Hebei Province Wrestling Champion, and Beijing Submission Wrestling Champion. With both of Kwon’s previous Legend bouts being against other similarly matched strikers, Ning’s Wrestling prowess and relentless ground-and-pound could spoil the Korean’s path to a title shot.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Kwon A Sol wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Bayindalai
 
 
height: 172 cm (5' 8")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 4 - 2
nationality: China
   Kevin Belingon
 
 
height: 165 cm (5' 5")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 9 - 2
nationality: Philippines
background:

Filipino Bantamweight Champion Kevin Belingon took home “Fight Of The Night” honors at Legend 2, and in the process won over the Hong Kong crowd with his superb performance against Korean prodigy Jo Nam Jin, whom he out-struck on his feet and controlled on the ground. Still undefeated after seven MMA bouts, Belingon has clearly cemented his position as one of the best Bantamweight fighters in the entire Asia-Pacific region.

His opponent at Legend 3 will be China’s Bayin Dalai. The winner of the 2008 Beijing Sanda Championship and the 2009 UMAC MMA Bantamweight Championship, Bayin is known as a very technical striker, using his timing and hand speed to pick opponents apart. Although very capable on the ground, the Xinjiang native will likely choose to stand and trade with the Filipino, so fans should expect the pace of this fight to be fast and furious.

Kevin Belingon wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:26 of Round 1
   Yang Zhuo
 
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Sanda, Muay Thai
MMA record: 6 - 0
nationality: China
   Kenny Yeung
 
 
height: 176 cm (5' 9")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Wrestling
MMA record: 1 - 4
nationality: Hong Kong
background:

Hometown hero Kenny Yeung returns to Hong Kong seeking redemption following his loss to underdog Justin Lee in June. Hong Kong’s only native MMA fighter went straight back to training following Legend 2 and is confident that the lessons he has learned from his June outing will make him a stronger fighter, particularly at his new fighting weight of 66 kilograms in Legend’s Featherweight division. He comes into Legend 3 seeking not just a win, but a dominant victory to prove to both fans and critics that he is back and better than ever.

Standing in his way with his own point to prove is China’s Yang Zhuo. Yang started his fighting career in Sanda and Muay Thai, winning Chinese national titles such as the Northeast China Sanda Championship and the BFX1 Muay Thai World Cup before making the transition to MMA. Since then, the heavy-handed striker has gone undefeated in five MMA bouts, earning several knockout victories with his particularly vicious left hook. With both men looking for a spectacular finish, this fight could be over very quickly.

Yang Zhuo wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:05 of Round 3
   Li Jingliang
fighter profile
 
height: 183 cm (6' 0")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 8 - 2
nationality: China
   Andrei Liu
 
 
height: 177 cm (5' 10")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 3 - 2
nationality: Chinese Taipei
background:

At Legend 2 in June, China’s Li Jingliang jumped up a weight class to take on New Zealand Middleweight Champion Pat Crawley. In spite of losing a close decision, Li impressed the crowd with his crisp striking, granite chin, and submission defense against the physically bigger Crawley. Now this China Top Team stand-out and Xinjiang Regional Wrestling Champion has returned to his optimal fighting weight to make his mark on the Legend Welterweight division.

His opponent Andrei Liu is making his Legend debut, following in the footsteps of his Taiwan BJJ Academy teammate Justin Lee. The holder of several Taiwanese Brazilian Jiujitsu titles, Liu is also an accomplished Muay Thai fighter. Fresh off a first-round submission victory in early August, Liu is eager to step into the Legend ring to earn another victory for his team and himself.

Li Jingliang wins by Technical Knockout (Referee Stoppage) at 3:43 of Round 1
   Yohan Mulia Legowo
fighter profile
 
height: 172 cm (5' 8")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Sanda
MMA record: 7 - 2
nationality: Indonesia
   Hardeep Singh
fighter profile
 
height: 170 cm (5' 7")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 9 - 2
nationality: India
background:

Hardeep Singh is a dynamic striker affiliated with Indian MMA powerhouse Tigers Gym in Mumbai. He has won nine of his 10 MMA bouts, including five by knockout, and is currently riding a five-fight win streak. As Legend’s first Indian competitor, Singh wants to make an impression by ending his fight at the Legend 3 in the same way as he has finished his last two: by first-round TKO.

His opponent will be Indonesia’s Yohan Mulia Legowo, a veteran of 13 MMA fights and holder of numerous Indonesian national titles: TPIFC MMA Champion, National Kickboxing Champion, National Sanda Champion, and Indonesian Submission Grappling Champion. A multi-disciplinary Martial Artist who has been training since he was a child, Legowo is one of the most well-rounded MMA fighters in Indonesia and will be seeking to use those skills to neutralize Singh’s aggressive brawling style.

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Yohan Mulia Legowo wins by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:19 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
   Choi Yeong Gwang
fighter profile
 
height: 174 cm (5' 9")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 9 - 6
nationality: South Korea
background:

Another successful veteran of both Legend 1 and 2, Wakabayashi is one of Japan’s most accomplished grapplers, having won both the Japan BJJ Open and the All-Japan Jiujitsu Championship. In his last bout in June, Wakabayashi executed his standard game plan perfectly: a quick takedown, powerful ground-and-pound, and a textbook rear naked choke, all within three minutes of the opening bell. He will be seeking to extend his perfect 4-0 MMA record at Legend 3.

Wakabayashi might finally have met his match in Korea’s Choi Yeong Gwang. After an unbeaten run in Spirit MC’s junior league, he debuted in their professional league at only 19-years old, fighting there eight times before putting his fighting career on hold while in the Korean army. He is unequivocal in his goal of becoming a contender for the Legend Featherweight Championship, and he sees Wakabayashi as an obstacle in his way, to be removed without hesitation or mercy.

Choi Yeong Gwang wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3