Lee Sang-Soo and Giacomo Lemos to clash for vacant openweight title at AFC 10
Angel’s Fighting Championship has a title fight set for its first event of 2019. Former Heat heavyweight title-holder Lee Sang-Soo will face promotional newcomer Giacomo Lemos for the vacant openweight championship belt.
The 37-year-old Lee (18-12-1) is part of the first generation of Korean mixed martial artists. He embarked on his career in the now defunct Spirit MC organization and went on to compete against well-known figures such as Pride veteran Aleksander Emelianenko, UFC heavyweight Alexey Oleinik and Rizin openweight Roque Martinez.
After a long hiatus, ‘Samson’ returned at Heat 40 in 2017 and defeated Bob Armstrong for the heavyweight title. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in his first title defense, losing in the third round via strikes to Callyugibrainn de Oliveira last September in Japan.
The Team MAD member was originally scheduled to challenge Tilek Zheenbekov for the title at AFC 9 late last year but the Kyrgyz was yanked due to medical issues and subsequently stripped.
Lee’s adversary, Lemos (4-0), will be competing outside of his native country for the first time as a professional. The undefeated Brazilian holds a 100% finishing rate with three knockouts to his name. He uses aggression and a solid ground game to pound his opponents into submission.
AFC 10 will go down at Sindorim Techno Mart in Seoul on January 28. The promotion is still in the process of finding a challenger for welterweight champion Bae Myung-Ho as well as opponents for former URCC featherweight champion Lee Do-Gyeom and TFC veteran Jang Won-Jun.