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MMA Analysis: Legend FC 10 Preview

By Thinesh John

Following a 2 month hiatus, Hong Kong-based Legend Fighting Championship returns with Legend FC 10, which is set to take place on August 24th at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

The promotion has already set sights on making this the best event yet, adding 3 title bouts to the August 24th fight card.

With Asian Mixed Martial Arts rising to its peak, it seems that the promotion will stop at nothing, to please fight fans all around the world.

Reigning LFC Welterweight Champion Bae Myung Ho (13-5), will defend his 170-lbs strap against 26-year-old Wang ‘The Boss’ Sai. Myung Ho is unbeaten in his stint with Legend FC thus far, where he is 5-0 in the promotion. Fighting out of Busan’s Team M.A.D., the 25-year-old holds wins over the likes of Adam Shahir Kayoom and Rodney MacSwain. He has also competed in Japan’s DEEP promotion, and most notably, the now defunct DREAM promotion.

His opponent, Wang Sai (8-2-1), is also a veteran in Legend FC. Holding a record of 2-1 in the Hong Kong-based promotion, Sai rebounded from his promotional debut loss against Alex Niu by earning back-to-back TKO stoppage wins over Ken Hamamura and Gareth Ealey. Fighting out of China Top Team, Sai will undoubtedly be facing the toughest test of his professional MMA career thus far.

Elsewhere, a pair of Featherweights in Rob Lisita and Yusuke Kawanogo (12-3-1) will be battling out for the LFC Featherweight Championship.

A native of Sydney, Australia, Lisita is a naturally gifted athlete who competed primarily in Cage Fighting Championship. The Australian made it 3 wins on the trot, after decisioning Choi Yeong Gwang in his recent promotional LFC debut. With a record of 10-4, Lisita has only gone the distance 5 times in all of his 14 professional bouts.

Kawanogo, on the other hand, was a perfect 7-0 in professional MMA, before suffering the first set-back of his career against Kensaku Nakamura at Pancrase – Passion Tour 3. Since then, the Japanese fighter has amassed a total of 5 victories – 2 of which have come inside the LFC ring. Kawanogo is 2-1 in his stint with LFC thus far, with the lone defeat coming at the hands of Mark Striegl at LFC 5.

With both fighters always on the hunt for a finish, do not expect this fight to go the distance.

The 3rd title match-up will be for the LFC Middleweight Championship, where both Yang Hae Jun (7-3) and Liu Wenbo (7-5) will be looking to gain MMA gold in their respective careers.

One of South Korea’s fastest rising MMA stars, Yang Hae Jun destroyed all of his opponents in his 5 professional bouts, ensuring that none of them went past the 1st round. After suffering the first set-back of his career against Kelvin Fitial at LFC 3, Hae Jun went on to win 2 more fights under the Legend FC banner. His recently faced Vaughn Anderson at Glory 2 – The Struggle Within, and lost via Majority Decision.

A long-time fan of Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, China’s Liu Wenbo is a fighter who loves to make quick work of his opponents, gaining six 1st round stoppage victories in his MMA career thus far. Wenbo currently holds a record of 1-1 under the Legend FC banner, and is 3-2 in his past 5 fights. His most win recent came at LFC 7, where he submitted Matt Cain in the 1st round via Rear-Naked Choke.

With that said, here’s the latest fight card for Legend FC 10:

  • Wang Sai vs. Bae Myung Ho (Welterweight Championship)
  • Rob Lisita vs. Yusuke Kawanogo (Featherweight Championship)
  • Liu Wenbo vs. Yang Hae Jun (Middleweight Championship)
  • Brandon Ropati vs. Chris Lokteff
  • Jacques Marsters vs. Yusuke Kasuya
  • Alex Niu vs. Luke Jumeau

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