Jérôme Le Banner injury

Kickboxing legend Jérôme Le Banner was set to make his debut in the ROAD FC cage in an MMA bout against Chinese heavyweight sensation Aorigele. Unfortunately, Le Banner sustained a back injury in the week previous and will be unable to compete. ROAD FC wishes his a swift and full recovery.

Aorigele vs Heo Jae-Hyeok

As a replacement, Heo Jae-Hyeok will step up on very late notice to face Aorigele. Heo (1-1, IB GYM) won his debut with a knockout finish of Kim Jae-Hoon, but lost by the same in his second outing against Shim Gun-Oh. In both instances, he showed fearless aggression, and even reversed out of a triangle to show off a big man’s grappling strength. In taking up the gauntlet against Aorigele, Heo is proving that he intends to make the show go on, from singing his own walk out song to action for the fans inside of the cage.


The main event of ROAD FC 053 will be the long-anticipated Lightweight Championship defense by Kwon A-Sol as he takes on $1 Million Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui.

Firefighter Fighter Shin Dong-Guk will rematch Tamotsu Hayashi, and with the heat between them, fans can expect the do-over to be fast and furious.

Park Hyun-Geun finally welcomes highly rated “Fearless Guys” competitor Yang Ji-Ho to ROAD FC, who trains under former ROAD FC Champion Lee Yun-Jun.

Two 90kg prospects Lim Dong-Hwan and Kim Tae-In will open up ROAD FC o53, and the strikers who open cards always deliver a good show – especially the heavyweights.

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

Live on DAZN in the USA

Live on YouTube internationally

ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Championship

Kwon A-Sol vs Mansour Barnaoui

Openweight Match

Aorigele vs Heo Jae-Hyeok

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

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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