Legend Fighting Championship 4

date:

27th January 2011 --- 8:00 PM

location:

AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong   map

rundown:

January 2011 will mark one year since Australia’s Adrian Pang fought South Korea’s Nam Yui Chul to a draw at Legend Fighting Championship 1. Fight fans hailed it as one of Asia-Pacific MMA’s greatest lightweight clashes, and on January 27, both men will return to the Legend ring for a rematch to prove who the superior fighter truly is. With Pang holding both the Legend Lightweight Championship and a recent victory over Nam’s friend and teammate Yu Woo Sung, Nam will be on the hunt for both the title and revenge – things that Pang will not give up easily.

In the co-main event of the evening, Rod MacSwain and Kim Hoon will clash for Legend’s Welterweight Championship. MacSwain has established himself as New Zealand's top MMA prospect, compiling an 11-1 record over the past two years, knocking out or submitting ten of his opponents in the process. However, with a 22-second KO victory against top Australian contender Justin Murray at Legend 3, the veteran fighter Kim has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with.

Also on the card, Chinese wrestling champion Yao Honggang steps into the Legend ring to take on young Australian phenomenon Michael Mortimer. Yao has compiled an impressive 5-1 record against some of China's toughest bantamweights, while Mortimer has finished his last three opponents in impressive fashion. And Indonesia’s Yohan Mulia Legowo takes on Jo Nam Jin of South Korea. Legowo earned Submission Of The Night honors for his victory over India’s Hardeep Singh at Legend 3, skills that he will need against Jo, an explosive ground-fighter. The winners of these two bouts will square off against one another for Legend’s Bantamweight Championship at Legend 5.

Also appearing on the card will be Legend veterans Tony Rossini (Australia), Pat Crawley (New Zealand), Li Jingliang (China), and Choi Yeong Gwang (South Korea). Join these 18 national champion fighters as they close out the Year Of The Tiger with a night of unforgettable MMA action!

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
   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
background:

In January 2010, Nam Yui Chul and Adrian Pang faced off at Legend 1, producing a battle for the ages when they headlined Hong Kong’s first-ever MMA event. The bout ended in a majority draw, and since then fight fans have been asking for a rematch. On January 27, these two warriors will meet again to prove who the superior fighter is in one of Asia-Pacific MMA’s most highly anticipated match-ups, when Pang defends the Legend Lightweight Title for the first time. Both men bring a high-intensity aggressive fighting style to the ring. Pang will be looking to use the same clinch, close-quarters boxing, and hard knees that he employed to devastating effect against Nam’s teammate Yu Woo Sung in June, while Nam will seek to impose his will with his ferocity, power, and heavy punching. At stake is not only the Legend title, but also these two men’s pride and honor.

Adrian Pang wins by Split Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
   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
   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:

With Bae Myung Ho ruled out of competition with a shoulder injury, rising star Rod MacSwain is taking a step up in competition to take on Kim Hoon for the Legend Welterweight Title. MacSwain has quickly made a name for himself in the Australian and New Zealand MMA scene, racking up 11 wins against only one loss in the two years since he started competing, with 10 of those wins coming by way of knockout or submission. But he faces a big test against the South Korean Kim, a veteran of M-1 and Pancrase who has been competing since 2004. In his most recent outing, Kim needed only 22 seconds to stop top Australian welterweight contender Justin Murray with a flying knee and vicious punch combination. With both fighters equally dangerous on their feet and on the ground, fight fans should expect an unpredictable, explosive contest as they battle it out in this championship contest.

Rod MacSwain wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: 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
   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:

Yohan Mulia Legowo and Jo Nam Jin feature in the second fight of Legend 4’s four-man bantamweight tournament. Legowo won over fans with his outstanding performance against Hardeep Singh at Legend 3, when he submitted his opponent with a picture-perfect triangle choke, earning himself Submission Of The Night honors. However, with as many knockout victories as submissions on his record, Legowo is just as much of a threat on his feet. Making his Legend debut with a submission victory of his own at Legend 1, Jo is best known for his skills on the ground, where he is an explosive, tactical fighter. But as his Fight Of The Night performance against Kevin Belingon at Legend 2 showed, Jo is not afraid to stand and trade punches. Regardless of whether they stay on their feet or go to the ground, this fight promises to be an exciting contest between two very evenly matched competitors, with the winner returning to fight for the Legend Bantamweight Title at Legend 5.

Jo Nam Jin wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:20 of Round 2
BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: ROUND 1
   Yao Honggang
fighter profile
 
height: 171 cm (5' 7")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Wrestling, Sanda
MMA record: 7 - 4
nationality: China
   Michael Mortimer
fighter profile
 
height: 172 cm (5' 8")
weight: 61 kg (135 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Wrestling
MMA record: 16 - 4
nationality: Australia
background:

Yao Honggang and Mick Mortimer square off in the first fight of Legend 4’s four-man bantamweight tournament. A member of elite Chinese MMA Academy China Top Team, Yao comes from a background in Shuaijiao – traditional Chinese wrestling – in which he has won numerous regional and national championships. With powerful ground skills and ever-improving striking, Yao is a formidable bantamweight contender. Mortimer made his Legend debut at Legend 1 last January. Since then he has been on a three-fight win streak, finishing all three of his opponents, two of them in the first round, and taking an Australian bantamweight title in the process. Both men have their eyes set on the prize: the Legend Bantamweight Title. Fight fans should expect these two fighters to explode out of their corners at the opening bell as they both seek a decisive victory.

Yao Honggang wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 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
   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
background:

Li Jingliang and Tony Rossini are two of Asia-Pacific MMA’s most promising welterweight prospects. Both come from outstanding training camps: Li from China Top Team, where he trains alongside China’s first UFC fighter Zhang Tiequan; and Rossini from Integrated MMA, home to fighters such as Legend Lightweight Champion Adrian Pang and UFC fighter Kyle Noke. Both have made their mark back in their home countries by beating some of the best welterweights in China and Australia. And both are coming off impressive first-round victories in their most recent Legend outings: Li by TKO against Andrei Liu at Legend 3, and Rossini by armbar submission against Zhang Lipeng at Legend 2. Li’s edge lies in his crisp, powerful Sanda-based striking, while Rossini will be looking to use his excellent ground game and powerful clinch to earn the victory. But regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain: the audience is guaranteed an action-packed fight.

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Li Jingliang wins by Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:11 of Round 2
   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
   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
background:

Wang Sai and Alex Niu are both making their Legend debuts, but neither man is a stranger to the world of combat sports. Wang had a prolific Sanda career before transitioning to MMA in 2009, and he now trains alongside UFC fighter Zhang Tiequan at China Top Team. He has proven himself to be one of China’s most promising fighters with impressive wins against several of China’s top welterweights. In his most recent outing, Wang knocked out a Korean opponent 20 kilograms heavier than him in an open-weight MMA tournament. But he faces a tough test in his fellow countryman Niu, who has a record of more than 30 Muay Thai wins. Both men are known for their powerful striking and aggressive fighting style, so fight fans shouldn’t expect this contest to go the distance.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Alex Niu wins by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 of Round 3
   Bhupesh Kamble
 
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Boxing
MMA record: 3 - 3
nationality: India
   Pat Crawley
fighter profile
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
styles: Boxing, Wrestling
MMA record: 8 - 3
nationality: New Zealand
background:

Bhupesh Kamble and Pat Crawley both bring an aggressive, stand-up focused fighting style to the Legend ring. This will be Kamble’s Legend debut, and he will be looking to make a strong impression as the sole Indian representative on the fight card. With none of his five MMA fights ever making it out of the first round, fans can expect more of the same exciting fighting style from Kamble. But he is up against a tough competitor in Crawley, a product of top New Zealand MMA team Strike Force. With a win against China’s always impressive Li Jingliang at Legend 2, the policeman Crawley is looking forward to extending his streak by winning his battle with Kamble. With both men possessing heavy hands and a good chin, this bout promises to be a stand-up slugfest between two fighters looking for a spectacular knockout victory.

Pat Crawley wins by Submission (Strikes) at 3:31 of Round 1
   Mark Eddiva
 
 
height: 173 cm (5' 8")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Sanda, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 1 - 0
nationality: Philippines
   Alex Lee
 
 
height: 178 cm (5' 10")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu
MMA record: 0 - 2
nationality: Hong Kong
background:

Although Alex Lee and Mark Eddiva are both making their professional MMA debuts in this fight, they are no strangers to competitive combat sports. Lee has a winning record across more than 20 Muay Thai fights, has held several Hong Kong titles and championships, and recently won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Kickboxing Championships in Greece. He has spent the past year and a half focusing on his Brazilian Jiujitsu training at Hong Kong’s Triquest MMA Academy in order to prepare himself for the transition to MMA. Eddiva has a similarly impressive pedigree: a product of the Philippines’ Team Lakay, Eddiva has been taking part in international martial arts competitions since he was 17-years old, and recently won a bronze medal in Sanshou at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. Both have acknowledged that it will not be an easy fight for either of them, but they have embraced the challenge and are looking forward to putting on a show to remember for the local Hong Kong crowd.

Mark Eddiva wins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:22 of Round 1
   Aorigele
 
 
height: 170 cm (5' 7")
weight: 66 kg (145 lb)
styles: Sanda, Wrestling
MMA record: 6 - 3
nationality: China
   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:

Aorigele and Choi Yeong Gwang will be the opening fight for Legend 4, in a clash between one of China’s most exciting young MMA prospects and one of Korea’s best featherweights. At only 18-years of age, Aorigele will be the youngest fighter to date to step into the Legend ring. Since making his MMA debut as a 17-year old, Aorigele has compiled an impressive 6-2 record and now splits his training between the Xian Sports Academy and China Top Team. He will be facing his toughest challenge to date in Korea’s Choi. In his last outing at Legend 3, Choi ended Japanese fighter Takuma Wakabayashi’s unbeaten run with a dominant unanimous decision victory. Having expressed disappointment that he did not achieve his goal of stopping Wakabayashi before the closing bell, Choi will be seeking to finish the surging Aorigele. With both fighters looking to make a statement, fans can expect this opening fight to set the tone for the rest of the night.

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