ROAD FC Middleweight Championship

Middleweight Champion La In-Jae (8-0-1, Team Korea MMA) created the changing of the guard when he defeated long-time Korean MMA fighter “Ryo” Choi Young in a blazing three round battle at ROAD FC 048. He is a dominant wrestler with powerful striking who has worn down opponent after opponent, going undefeated and showing that he can dismantle whatever game plan is brought to him with grinding precision.

Yang Hae-Jun (12-6, Team Posse) is a veteran from Spirit MC and Neofight, and rose to international acclaim at Legend FC. He has been the powerful, threatening knockout artist with an increasing cache of weapons in his arsenal. Although Yang lost in his highly anticipated return against the acrobatic Michel Pereira, he came back to choke out Lim Dong-Hwan at ROAD FC 052.

Champion La will again be tested by the power of deep experience that challenger Yang has, however La wants to prove to the world that he’s no longer a prospect, but a champion.


Prior to ROAD FC 054, ROAD FC 053 will take place on May 18 as the very first MMA event on the resort island of Jeju, South Korea. The main event will be the long-anticipated Lightweight Championship defense by Kwon A-Sol as he takes on $1 Million Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui. The co-main event will be the return of young Chinese heavyweight standout Aorigele against kickboxing legend Jérôme Le Banner.

New Wave MMA ROAD FC is the stage where legends shine, rookies thrill, and epic battles are waged that determine the future of MMA. From the pageantry of the grand entrance to the final crunch of the KO, ROAD FC showcases the very best of Mixed Martial Arts sports and entertainment. As we say in Korea, “Fighting!”

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 053

Date: May 18, 2019

Venue: Halla Gymnasium

City: Jeju Island, South Korea

ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Championship

Kwon A-Sol vs Mansour Barnaoui

Openweight Match

Aorigele vs Jérôme Le Banner

Lightweight Match

Tamotsu Hayashi vs Shin Dong-Guk

Featherweight Match

Park Hyun-Geun vs Yang Ji-Ho

90kg Catchweight Match

Lim Dong-Hwan vs Kim Tae-In

Young Guns 42

Bantamweight Match

Park Seok-Han vs Kubo Kenta

Flyweight Match

Go Gi-Won vs Hwang Chang-Hwan

Welterweight Match

Yoon Tae-Young vs Lim Byeong-Ha

Women’s Bantamweight Match

Yang Hee-Jo vs Rowan Pilger

68kg Catchweight Match

Shin Ji-Seung vs Ji Young-Min

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 054

Date: June 15, 2019

Venue: Wonju Gymnasium

City: Wonju, South Korea

Middleweight Championship

La In-Jae vs Yang Hae-Jun

About the Author

Jeremy Deschner
Black Belt in American Karate from the Texas Karate Institute. Now training in Brazilian Jiujitsu in Japan. Twitter: @mmajpn1 @jiujitsu_Jedi

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