'The Korean Bulldozer' will meet 'The Cheetah' when Vuyisile Colossa takes on Yui Chul Nam at Road FC 5 in Seoul on December 3rd. The South African comes from a Muay Thai background and is currently starring in The Contender Asia reality TV series which is being broadcast weekly in Asia.
Nam is one of the top lightweights in Korea and holds a win over top New Zealand lightweight Rob Hill and was pretty much inseparable from Adrian Pang over the course of two fights, with the first a draw and the second being awarded to the Australian by a split decision.
Colossa is a former Muay Thai world champion who holds a win over Yodsaenklai Fairtex and has a professional MMA record of 4-1, with his only loss coming at the hands of highly rated Filipino Eduard Folayang. He will be the best striker that Nam has ever faced but the more experienced Korean will probably be the favourite for this fight.
One Fighting Championship, the pan Asian promotion which recently announced events in Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, is widely reported to have signed deals with a number of domestic shows including Road FC. Brian Choi is already booked to appear on Road FC 5 (read the original article about that here) and it appears that the One FC CEO / Owner Victor Cui has also given dispensation for Colossa to fight in Korea.
The South African demonstrated that he was good enough to hold his own with the region's elite when he went three rounds with Eduard Folayang at Martial Combat 12. His most recent outing, against Sanda specialist Ma Yu Xing was a brief one with Colossa blowing through the Chinese fighter in just 0:49 at One Fighting Championship 1.
A lot of people are excited to see a truly world class striker making the transition to MMA but Nam is extremely well rounded and will provide a stern examination of Colossa's credentials as a mixed martial artist. Seven of the Korean's 12 wins have come by way of stoppage due to strikes and it will be interesting to see whether he is willing to stand and trade with such a decorated Muay Thai fighter.
With both fighters comfortable fighting on their feet this could be a classic and and the Road FC matchmakers will be delighted to have the opportunity to bring in such a high calibre international opponent to face one of their top homegrown stars.