Soo Chul Kim will have a chance to bounce back immediately from the disappointment of losing his ONE FC 135-pound title to Bibiano Fernandes when he takes on UFC veteran Motonobu Tezuka at Road FC 14 next month.
Kim (7-5) won the belt by stopping Leandro Issa, who subsequently signed with the UFC. But after almost a year out with a shoulder injury, he came up short in his first defense when Fernandes outpointed him over the course of their recent five-round title fight.
The 22-year-old has experience beyond his years having been in with the likes of Kevin Belingon, Gustavo Falciroli, and Andrew Leone, as well as the two title fights with Issa and Fernandes. He will have an opportunity to prove that he is a much better fighter than his mediocre record suggests when he takes on the Japanese bantamweight on Feb. 9 at the Seoul Olympic Hall.
Tezuka (20-7-4) was dropped by the UFC after losing both of his fights in the Octagon, one by split decision and the other by unanimous decision. He is the latest on a growing list of Japanese fighters to sign with Road FC after being cut by the world’s most prominent MMA organization.
The card, which is headlined by the 145-pound Grand Prix final between Bae Young Kwon and Mu Gyeom Choi, will also feature a light heavyweight fight between Ryuta Noji (18-7) and Nae Chul Kim (2-3). Road FC 14 can be purchased to view online for 9.99 USD; visit http://www.roadfc.com/ for more information.
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