Former Road FC lightweight champion A Sol Kwon will head to Brazil for missionary work.
Road FC owner and former president Jung Moon Hong broke the news on Instagram:
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권아솔 선수가 원주를 왔네요.저도 한때는 아솔이의 팬이었고 기꺼이 저의 제자가 되어주어서 함께 운동을 할수 있었습니다.모든게 행운이었고 즐거운 추억 이었습니다. 어느덧 그가 두번째 아이를 갖게 되었다고 합니다.축하해 주시고 악플은 달지 마세요.아솔이가 가족들 욕하면 힘들어 합니다. 곧 브라질에 선교 활동 하러 간다고 합니다.언제 들어 올진 기약이 없구요. 그래서 그런지 오늘은 목사님 컨셉으로 안경까지 끼고 왔네요. 거기서도 매트깔고 어린 아이들에게 무료로 로드fc를 전파 한다고 합니다. 권아솔 이라면 어디에 내놔도 소신을 지킬거라 생각합니다. 아솔이는 핑게나 변명을 하지 않을 겁니다.증명할 겁니다. #남자는변명하지않는다#남자는핑게대지않는다#한다면한다#굽네#로드닭#블루문펀드 . . @hyoungbin_yoon @hong_kyung_ho @goobnemall_official @bluemoonfund
According to the the Instagram post Kwon plans to move to Brazil indefinitely, with Moon stating that the 33 year old “will soon go to Brazil for missionary work. He has no return date in mind.”
Kwon expressed the desire to step away from the sport last May after losing the lightweight title to Mansour Barnaoui in the finals of the $1 Million Tournament at Road FC 53.
Six months later he came out of retirement and faced Shamil Zavurov at Road FC 56 but the result didn’t go his way. The Dagestani grappler completely dominated the fight to earn a lopsided decision win.
That could well turn out to be Kwon’s final fight but for nearly a decade the bad boy of Korean MMA was the biggest star Road FC had on its roster. The Mokpo native made his professional debut in 2005 under the NeoFight banner and quickly made a name for himself for his wild style and finishing prowess.
Before serving his mandatory military service in 2011 Kwon competed for numerous organizations in Asia including Spirit MC, K-1 Heroes and Legend FC. He also headlined the inaugural ONE Championship card, stepping in to replace the injured Ole Laursen and losing a decision to Eduard Folayang.
In 2013, he signed an exclusive deal with Road FC and returned to action after fulfilling his military duties. He lost his first fight back against Koji Nakamura but finished his next two opponents resulting in a title shot.
He defeated Takasuke Kume at Road FC 17 in 2014 to capture the lightweight strap. Kwon successfully defended it twice beating long time rival Lee Kwang Hee and Japanese veteran Shinji Sasaki.
With his pro-wrestling style bravado and brash attitude he rarely held back on the mic when attacking his adversaries which went completely against cultural norms in Korea and made him a big attraction.
He was also able to cross boundaries by appearing on variety shows which helped increase the mainstream popularity of the sport. The Brazil bound Kwon looks set to finish his career with a 21-12 record.