Two of the top Korean featherweights are set to face off at Road FC 5 on December 3rd. Brian Choi will be fighting in Korea for the first time in his career when he takes on Bae Young Kwon in Seoul.
It will also be Choi's first fight at featherweight and he is facing a baptism of fire against Kwon who has fought for both Shooto and M-1 and has a 5-2 professional record. Choi is based in Singapore and is a part of the Evolve MMA fight team which has enjoyed a stellar year in 2011, winning 12 out of 13 fights across promotions including the UFC, One FC and Dream.
He has a perfect professional record of 3-0 with his most recent win coming against experienced Frenchman Sebastian Garguier at Dare Championship 2/11. WIth professional boxing and Muay Thai experience, a background in wrestling and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Choi has been described as 'the complete package'.
Choi made his debut as a middleweight last year, winning a decision after an extremely entertaining fight with Isamu Himura at Martial Combat 4. He will face arguably the toughest test of his career against Kwon who is a member of Team Posse and is very highly rated in Korea.
Choi is going to be exceptionally large at 145 lbs and is likely to be significantly stronger than Young who will probably look to use his boxing to win by TKO or KO. Choi normally relies on his wrestling skills and the gameplan will be to take Young down and keep him down.
One FC and Road FC are reported to have signed an agreement which will see the best fighters from Road FC filter through into the larger promotion. Choi is also reported to have agreed a contract with One FC who it appears have given him their blessing to go and fight for the biggest domestic promotion in his homeland.
The winner of this contest can lay legitimate claim to being the top 145 lbs mixed martial artist fighting in Korea and this fight looks set to be one of the highlights of the Road FC 5 card which also features a fight between Denis Kang and Shungo Oyama.