Final of Road FC lightweight tournament set for February 23rd
The stakes will be high when Shamil Zavurov faces Mansour Barnaoui on February 23rd at Road FC 52. The winner receives $1 million in prize money and a shot at reigning lightweight champion A Sol Kwon.
The show is set for the Jangchung Arena in Seoul and sees the Road FC lightweight Grand Prix reach its lucrative conclusion. Asian MMA’s John Hyon Ko broke the news on Twitter earlier:
To all that have been waiting on the continuation of @ROADFC's $1M Tournament: Road To A-Sol" #ROADFC52, Tournament Final, Feb. 23rd, JangChung Arena #asianmma #mma #korea #roadfc pic.twitter.com/VCBxGNKPLZ
— J. Hyon Ko (고현) (@JHKMMA) December 17, 2018
Zavurov (35-5-1) hails from Dagestan and won all three of his tournament matchups by decision. He has been a professional for 14 years and has faced top Russian fighters like Rashid Magomedov, Alexander Yakovlev, Khusein Khaliev and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.
By contrast Barnaoui (17-4) finished all three of his tournament matches with a rear naked choke. He is no stranger to fighting on the road and the Frenchman has spent much of his career competing in Russia.
The winner will face Kwon in May in a Road FC event that is likely to take place in Jeju. The current champion has not fought since 2016 and will be making the first defence of his title in nearly three years.
The fight was announced in the aftermath of Road FC 51 last Saturday. That was the Korean promotion’s final event of 2017 and saw UFC veteran Ham Seo-Hee retain her atomweight title in the main event.