Kim Jae-Woong vs Kim Myung-Gu to headline TFC 19 in Seoul
Two of the most exciting prospects in Korea will duke it out in the main event of TFC 19. The event is set for Friday at the Sindorim Techno Mart Grand Ballroom in Seoul.
Former 145lbs title-holder Kim Jae-Woong (7-3) will take on current HEAT bantamweight champion Kim Myung-Gu (10-3) in a featherweight contest. The organization had originally pitted Kim against old rival Dong-Gyu Kim in a bantamweight bout but the latter competitor pulled out with about two weeks until showtime and was replaced.
Kim, the Extreme Combat staple, won the featherweight title back in early 2017 by demolishing the seemingly untouchable Choi Seung-Woo in 36 seconds. He returned later that year to defend the strap in a rematch but was knocked out in the second round.
After contemplating retirement, ‘Fight God’ took a trip down to Phuket to train and dropped down to bantamweight for the first time in his career to face Jung Han-Guk in the co-main event at TFC 18. In one of the most violent back and forth collisions in promotional history, Kim got the unanimous nod from the judges. Feeling phenomenal at his new weight class, the 25-year-old Korean bruiser decided to continue his journey.
Stepping in on the other side of the cage is Korean Top Team representative Kim Myung-Gu. The 30-year-old Kim has won seven of his last eight matches and is undefeated this year. He started off 2018 by decisioning Russian prospect Amir Abdullaev at TFC 17.
He then went over to Japan three months later to challenge Seiji Akao at HEAT 42 for the bantamweight title. Kim went on to finish Akao in the fourth round via technical knockout to have the strap wrapped around his waist. He successfully defended the belt at the next event in September against Takeshi Kasugai with another 4th round finish.
The co-main event will be of interest since it is a rematch between Seo Ye-Dam and current URCC flyweight champion Seo Ji-Yeon. The teenage phenom Seo Ji-Yeon will be looking to get revenge after getting pounded out by her adversary almost two years ago at TFC 14. This fight will likely determine the best women’s strawweight in the country and could earn the victor a shot in the UFC.