Legend Fighting Championship 5

date:

16th July 2011 --- 7:00 PM

location:

City of Dreams, Macau   map

rundown:

Mixed Martial Arts Legends come together in Macau on Saturday, 16 July, as City of Dreams exclusively presents Legend Fighting Championship 5!

Legend Welterweight Champion Rod MacSwain makes his first title defense against South Korea’s Bae Myung Ho. MacSwain surprised the MMA world in January when, as the underdog, he defeated highly regarded veteran Kim Hoon to take the Legend title. But the New Zealander will face a stiff test in Team MAD standout Bae, who has won all three of his previous contests in the Legend ring.

In the co-main event of the evening, Chinese Shuaijiao master Yao Honggang takes on top-ranked Korean fighter Jo Nam Jin for the Legend Bantamweight Championship. Known for an aggressive, flamboyant fighting style that has seen him knock out or submit most of his opponents, Jo may have met his match in China’s Yao, whose superior wrestling may make the difference in this encounter.

Legend 5 also showcases the first round of a four-man featherweight tournament, featuring Wu Chengjie (China) vs. Fransino Tirta (Indonesia) and Yusuke Kawanago (Japan) vs. Mark Striegl (Philippines). Also appearing on the card will be Legend veterans Li Jingliang (China), Wang Sai (China), Rob Hill (Australia), Pat Crawley (New Zealand), Nam Yui Chul (South Korea), and Yang Hae Jun (South Korea).

Join 18 national champion fighters as they make their mark on Macau for the first time!

event card
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   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
   Rod MacSwain
fighter profile
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 13 - 3 - 1
nationality: New Zealand
background:

Originally scheduled to fight for the Legend Welterweight Title at Legend 4, Bae was forced off the card with a ruptured ligament in his shoulder. The surging Kiwi MacSwain took his place, and earned a decisive victory over veteran Korean fighter Kim Hoon to capture the belt. Now fully healed, Bae has been training hard with a single purpose: claiming the Welterweight Title he feels is rightfully his. Bae is undefeated in three fights at Legend, with one Submission Of The Night honor, but he will be facing his toughest challenge to date in MacSwain. The New Zealander has yet to be finished by any opponent across his 15 fights, and he has proven himself to be just as dangerous on his feet as on the ground, with 10 knockout and submission victories under his belt. This contest promises to be a fitting finale to an action-packed night of fights.

Bae Myung Ho wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   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
   Yao Honggang
fighter profile
 
height: 171 cm (5' 7")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Wrestling, Sanda
MMA record: 7 - 4
nationality: China
background:

Having won their respective fights in the first round of the Bantamweight Tournament at Legend 4, Korea’s Jo and China’s Yao will now compete for the inaugural Legend Bantamweight Title in a battle of youth against experience. At only 20-years old, the Busan native Jo has already proven himself to be Korea’s best 61-kilogram fighter. Jo is known just as much for his flamboyant personality – at Legend 4, he was given a warning by the referee for mocking his opponent by dancing mid-fight – as for his fighting skills. His opponent Yao is a seasoned competitor, with a background in the traditional Chinese wrestling art of Shaijiao. A decade older than the Korean, Yao has repeatedly proven that it is a mistake to underestimate him. With both men’s eyes on the title, fans should expect non-stop action from bell to bell.

Yao Honggang wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   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
   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
background:

After narrowly losing a decision to Korea’s Kwon A Sol at Legend 2, Hill changed his training environment, leaving the comfort of his Australian home to spend most of the past year at Matt Hughes’ HIT Squad in Illinois. Although Hill notched a submission victory in his most recent outing, he is known primarily for his dangerous striking – a characteristic mirrored by his Korean opponent. Since his split decision loss against Legend Lightweight Champion Adrian Pang in January, Nam has had his eye on his next Legend outing as an opportunity to put himself back on a title path, and views Hill as the ideal opponent against whom to showcase his skills. With a combined 10 knockout victories between them, this is a fight that is unlikely to reach the judges’ scorecards.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT, KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Nam Yui Chul wins by Technical Knockout (Referee Stoppage) at 1:12 of Round 2
   Alex Niu
fighter profile
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 2 - 4
nationality: China
   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
background:

Before Li’s teammate Wang Sai stepped into the Legend Ring against Niu at Legend 4, one of his coaches gave him this advice: “Do not try to stand with Niu. He is lethal on his feet. Take it to the ground.” A champion level Sanda fighter himself, Wang chose to ignore this advice. And 15 action-packed minutes later, it was Niu who stood with his arm raised, winning Fight of the Night honors for his performance. On July 16, Niu will seek to take another China Top Team scalp when he squares off against “The Leech.” But Li has been on a tear recently, clocking two highlight reel victories in his last two Legend outings: a guillotine choke that put Australia’s Tony Rossini to sleep at Legend 4, and a TKO of Andrei Liu at Legend 3. Will Li prove himself worthy of a title shot, or will Niu spoil the occasion?

Li Jingliang wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: ROUND 1
   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
   Mark Striegl
fighter profile
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 12 - 0
nationality: Philippines
background:

With Korea’s Choi Yeong Gwang sidelined due to a knee injury, surging Filipino prospect Mark Striegl will step into the Legend ring in his place. Unbeaten across four fights, Striegl notched his most recent victory less than two weeks ago, when he submitted 23-fight veteran Giovanni Sablan in the first round. Known primarily for his grappling, the young Filipino will have his stand-up skills significantly tested against Japan’s Yusuke Kawanago. Kawanago's reputation as a knockout artist is well deserved: he has earned more than half of his victories by sending his opponents into unconsciousness, with spectacular finishes including flying knees and soccer kicks. A veteran of Japan’s competitive Pancrase organization, “Bancho” comes into every fight looking to end things early, and will be aiming to put his stamp on the Legend Featherweight Division with a highlight-reel KO. With a shot at the Legend Featherweight Title resting on the outcome, fans should expect fireworks in this fight.

Mark Striegl wins by Split Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
SUN CITY CUP
   Ken Hamamura
 
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Karate, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 17 - 8 - 4
nationality: Japan
   Wang Sai
fighter profile
 
height: 184 cm (6' 0")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 6 - 4 - 1
nationality: China
background:

Having won Fight of the Night honors for his three-round war against Alex Niu at Legend 4, China’s Wang Sai returns to the Legend ring to take on Japanese Karate stylist Ken Hamamura. Wang is known as a technical striker, but he has been developing an increasingly impressive ground game under the instruction of China Top Team coach Ruy Menezes. Hamamura’s stand-up skills are similarly dangerous: a second-degree Karate black belt, he has won 12 of his 17 victories by knockout, including three KO victories inside of the first minute. With both men looking to stay on their feet and trade punches, fans should expect this Sanda vs. Karate match-up to produce a fast-paced stand-up battle.

Wang Sai wins by Technical Knockout (Injury) at 5:00 of Round 1
FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: ROUND 1
   Fransino Tirta
fighter profile
 
height: 166 cm (5' 5")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Brazilian Jiujitsu, Boxing
MMA record: 15 - 0 - 1
nationality: Indonesia
   Wu Chengjie
fighter profile
 
height: 174 cm (5' 9")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling
MMA record: 5 - 5
nationality: China
background:

Tirta is one of Indonesian MMA’s earliest pioneers, having started his fighting career in 2003. He now trains out of elite Indonesian MMA academy Synergy alongside his teammate and fellow Legend fighter Yohan Mulia Legowo. With an undefeated record, and all of his victories coming by way of knockout or submission, the Indonesian is one of the favorites to win the Featherweight Tournament. At only 20-years old, his opponent Wu is the Featherweight Tournament’s youngest competitor, but it would be a mistake to underestimate this surging Chinese fighter. Wu has evolved a devastating ground-and-pound attack which has seen most of his fights end by TKO. Wu is a dangerous dark horse, and certainly a fighter to watch at Legend 5.

Fransino Tirta wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Yang Hae Jun
fighter profile
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 9 - 5
nationality: South Korea
   Gareth Ealey
fighter profile
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Judo
MMA record: 7 - 4
nationality: New Zealand
background:

With Pat Crawley sustaining a neck injury less than two weeks before Legend 5, his teammate Gareth Ealey has risen to the occasion and volunteered to take this fight on only 10 days notice. The Kiwi is well aware that there are no easy fights at Legend, but his record speaks for itself: seven wins against only one loss, with most of his victories coming by way of stoppage. Although he has earned the nickname “Fists of Fury,” his black belt in Judo makes him just as lethal on the ground as on his feet, and he is coming off an armbar victory in Australia only two weeks ago. However, his opponent Yang Hae Jun will present Ealey’s greatest challenge to date. The Korean started out as a heavyweight, notching five consecutive first-round knockout victories to start his career. Having decided to drop down to middleweight, Yang will let his fists do the talking in his return to the Legend ring.

Yang Hae Jun wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Sung Ming-Yen
fighter profile
 
height: 176 cm (5' 9")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 2 - 1
nationality: Chinese Taipei
   Vincent Siu
 
 
height: 168 cm (5' 6")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Karate, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 0 - 2
nationality: Hong Kong
background:

Siu enters the Legend ring with a background in Kyokushin Karate, a style particularly well-suited to MMA. Although he is competing in Legend’s lightest weight class, Siu is impressively heavy-handed – an asset he has used to win tournaments such as the North American Kyokushin Karate Championship. His MMA debut will be a trial by fire: staring at Siu from across the ring will be Taiwanese fighter Sung Ming-Yen. Last September, Sung made his own MMA debut, defeating Deep veteran Jin Hirano in a dominant unanimous decision victory. Stepping down a weight class to take this fight, Sung will be looking to spoil Siu’s 30th birthday with an inaugural Legend win of his own.

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Sung Ming-Yen wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:49 of Round 1