Legend Fighting Championship 11

date:

27th April 2013 --- 6:00 PM (prelims), 8:00 PM (main card)

location:

Chin Woo Stadium   map

rundown:

On Saturday, April 27, Legend will make its Malaysian debut with Legend Fighting Championship 11 at Kuala Lumpur’s Chin Woo Stadium! Broadcast worldwide in 152 countries and featuring three Asia-Pacific Championship title fights, Legend 11 promises an unforgettable night of combat sports entertainment for Malaysian fight fans.

In the main event, Mongolia’s Jadamba Narantungalag puts the Legend Lightweight Title on the line against Japan’s Koji Ando. Jadamba is riding an eight-fight win-streak against some of the world’s best lightweights, but ground-and-pound specialist Ando will prove to be his toughest challenge to date.

In the first co-main event, Filipino knockout artist Agustin Delarmino, Jr., will take on China’s Ji Xian for the Legend Bantamweight Title. With KO power in both hands, Delarmino will be looking to keep this fight on the feet against champion grappler Ji. And in the second co-main event, China’s top welterweight Li Jingliang will battle it out with New Zealand’s Luke Jumeau for the Legend Welterweight Title. With both men equally dangerous on their feet and on the ground, this fight promises firework.

On the same night, local heroes Muhammad Hanif Bin Zainal and Sam Chan will look for a big hometown win as they represent Malaysia. With an action-packed 12 fights on the card, Legend 11 promises to be another explosive night of MMA. Don’t miss out – get your tickets today!

For further enquiries, please visit the Legend website at www.legendfc.com.

For tickets, please contact RedTix at +603-8875-4666 or visit http://www.airasiaredtix.com/Events/LegendFightingChampionship/.

 

event card
LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   Koji Ando
fighter profile
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Judo
MMA record: 8 - 3 - 2
nationality: Japan
   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:

Undefeated for almost seven years, Legend Lightweight Champion Jadamba Narantungalag has cemented his status as one of Asia’s top pound-for-pound fighters by defeating elite lightweights such as Akihiro Gono, Adrian Pang, and Nam Yui Chul. But he faces his toughest challenge to date in Japan’s Koji Ando, a ground-and-pound specialist who will be looking to take the Legend Lightweight Title back to Tokyo.

Koji Ando wins by Technical Knockout (Injury) at 0:47 of Round 3
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   Luke Jumeau
fighter profile
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 4 - 3
nationality: New Zealand
   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:

With former Legend Welterweight Champion Bae Myung Ho recently conscripted for South Korean military service, top contenders Luke Jumeau and Li Jingliang will now battle for the belt. Legend fans will remember Jumeau from his Fight Of The Night bout against Alex Niu at Legend 10 – the sort of performance he will be looking to repeat. And having narrowly lost a decision to Bae in his first attempt at the Legend Title, Li is determined not to let the belt slip through his grasp again.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Li Jingliang wins by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:35 of Round 3
BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   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
   Ji Xian
fighter profile
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 11 - 2
nationality: China
background:

The contest for the Legend Bantamweight Title will see a classic striker vs. grappler battle, as Filipino knockout artist Agustin Delarmino, Jr. squares off against Chinese submission specialist Ji Xian. Delarmino aims to become Legend’s first ever Filipino champion, avenging his brother Leonard’s loss to Ji in the process. But the China Top Team product plans to finish the fight in the same method as nine of his ten victories: by tapping Delarmino out in the first round.

Ji Xian wins by Submission (Armbar) at 4:31 of Round 1
   Yang Hae Jun
fighter profile
 
height: 180 cm (5' 11")
weight: 93 kg (205 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 9 - 5
nationality: South Korea
   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:

Having started his career as a heavyweight and then worked his way down to middleweight, power-punching Korean “Hungry” Yang Hae Jun looks to find the sweet spot of power and speed as a light heavyweight. And meeting him in his first outing in this weight class will be New Zealand’s Sam Brown. Undefeated at Legend, the Strike Force NZ product’s aggressive striking will be a perfect match for the Korean’s stand-and-trade style.

Yang Hae Jun wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   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
   Damien Brown
fighter profile
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 70 kg (155 lb)
styles: Wrestling, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 10 - 4
nationality: Australia
background:

Kasuya and Brown are both coming off strong performances at their last Legend outings – Kasuya with a Submission Of The Night win over Jacques Marsters at Legend 10, and Brown with a Fight Of The Night Performance against Wu Haotian at Legend 9. With Kasuya’s slick submissions and Brown’s powerful wrestling, this looks to be an explosive bout as both men look to continue to advance up the Legend lightweight ranks.

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Yusuke wins by Submission (Armbar) at 4:47 of Round 3
   Hideto Tatsumi
fighter profile
 
height: 185 cm (6' 1")
weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
styles: Judo, Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 5 - 2
nationality: Japan
   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:

Tatsumi’s Judo base combined with his heavy hands make him a threat to any opponent both on his feet and on the ground. But New Zealand’s Gareth Ealey isn’t intimidated. With Tatsumi having notched a victory against Ealey’s teammate Pat Crawley in his last Legend outing, the Kiwi will be out for revenge and looking for an impressive finish.

Hideto Tatsumi wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   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
   Ev Ting
fighter profile
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 5 - 2
nationality: New Zealand
background:

The main card kicks off with an explosive contest between Korea’s Choi Yeong Gwang and Malaysia-born, New Zealand-bred Ev Ting. Having won three of his last four fights at Legend – with the only loss being a narrow decision against eventual Featherweight Title challenger Rob Lisita –Choi will be looking to put his title hopes back on track with a dominant performance. But Ev Ting has other plans. Fighting on his home soil for the first time, Ting looks to stake his own claim as one of Legend’s top featherweights.

Choi Yeong Gwang wins by Split Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Gugun Gusman
fighter profile
 
height: 170 cm (5' 7")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Wrestling, Sanda
MMA record: 3 - 1
nationality: Indonesia
   Sam Chan
fighter profile
 
height: 174 cm (5' 9")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 5 - 2
nationality: Malaysia
background:

Rounding out the undercard is a battle between top Indonesian and Malaysian bantamweight prospects Gugun Gusman and Sam Chan. A newcomer to Legend, Gusman’s combined base of Wrestling and Sanda form a strong stylistic match-up against Chan’s Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai background. With Gusman coming off a dominant TKO victory and Chan looking to win in his hometown, expect these men to bring everything they have into the Legend Ring.

Sam Chan wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:20 of Round 2
   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
   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:

Kara-France looked outstanding in his last Legend outing, expertly fighting his way through an early submission attempt before tapping out his opponent in the opening frame. Now splitting his time between Strike Force NZ and Phuket’s Tiger Muay Thai, he is 100% focused on Danaa Batgerel. Undefeated at Legend, Danaa is a training partner of Legend Lightweight Champion Jadamba and will bring the same dangerous arsenal into the Legend Ring against Kara-France. Fight fans should expect an early finish.

Danaa Batgerel wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Ruel Catalan
 
 
height: 170 cm (5' 7")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Sanda, Muay Thai
MMA record: 2 - 4
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:

Since a disappointing loss in his Legend 10 debut, Catalan has been hungry to return to the Legend Ring to prove himself. And when a knee injury sidelined Jo’s original opponent Jazor Ablasi, Catalan leapt at the chance to replace him. But Jo will prove to be a tough challenge to the Filipino – his flamboyant ring persona masks a slick submission game and dangerous counter-striking. Catalan holds a slight edge on the feet, but Jo is confident enough to test his striking. Expect fireworks in this match-up.

Jo Nam Jin wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:05 of Round 1
   Tenglige
fighter profile
 
height: 177 cm (5' 10")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling
MMA record: 2 - 1
nationality: China
   Baasankhuu Damlanpurev
fighter profile
 
height: 168 cm (5' 6")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Sambo, Judo
MMA record: 6 - 0
nationality: Mongolia
background:

Both Tenglige and Baasankhuu “Damlan” Damlanpurev are newcomers to the Legend Ring, and both will be looking to make their case that they belong there. Both men have excellent striking and grappling bases – Sanda and Wrestling for Tenglige, and Combat Sambo and Judo for Damlan. And both men train alongside world-class competitors – Tenglige spends his days with fighters like Jumabieke Tuerxun at Xian Physical Education University, and Damlan works with Dorjderem and Jadamba in Mongolia. With a lot to prove, both men will be aiming for a dominant performance.

Baasankhuu Damlanpurev wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:35 of Round 1
   Rocky Lee
fighter profile
 
height: 175 cm (5' 9")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Brazilian Jiujitsu, Boxing, Sanda
MMA record: 3 - 0
nationality: Chinese Taipei
   Muhammad Hanif Bin Zainal
fighter profile
 
height: 171 cm (5' 7")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Tae Kwon Do, Mixed Martial Arts
MMA record: 6 - 3 - 1
nationality: Malaysia
background:

Legend 11 starts off with a bang when Hanif represents his home country against Chinese Taipei’s Rocky Lee. Hanif is one of Malaysian MMA’s pioneering fighters and will be looking to notch his first Legend victory with the home crowd behind him. But with a Sanda and Brazilian Jiujitsu base that has seen him train as far afield as Mainland China and Australia, Lee plans to spoil the party for Hanif and all of his Malaysian fans.

Rocky Lee wins by Technical Submission (Armbar) at 2:02 of Round 1
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