In front of a capacity crowd, Australia’s Adrian Pang settled a long-standing score with Korea’s Nam Yui Chul on Thursday by winning the headline event at Legend 4 in Hong Kong, China and defending his lightweight title. Before the start, Pang shot Nam a look that said it all — he was out to win this time around after their memorable draw in Legend 1. The pair were as evenly matched as before, but towards the end of Round 2, they came together in an explosion of punches, kicks, elbows. Pang had Nam on the ropes before the referee pulled the pair apart. The third round saw Nam execute a powerful takedown, but the Australian fought back until the bell sounded. It was a close call, but the reigning Legend Lightweight Champion took victory by a split judge’s decision after three hard fought rounds.
Hong Kong’s own Alex Lee made his professional MMA debut, going up against Mark Eddiva of the Philippines. Showing his undoubted potential with some lightning kicks early on, once Eddiva had him on the mat, try as he might Lee was unable to fight back from the avalanche of punches, and eventually tapped out due to a rear naked choke. Given the extraordinary support of the home crowd, there is little doubt Lee will be back, and will continue his training under the Legend MMA Development Program.
In the battle for the welterweight title, Rod MacSwain of New Zealand, 24, defeated the favourite Kim Hoon of South Korea, 31, in a unanimous decision. During the third round MacSwain take control , attacking with gusto during the final minutes in spite of Hoon’s constant kicks to Rod’s groin which led to a yellow card. In the bantamweight tournament, China’s Yao Honggang is through to contest the title after the 29-year old won by unanimous decision against Australia’s Michael Mortimer, 26. The pair matched strike for strike and pound for pound in an fiery, hard-fought contest that ultimately gave Yao the edge. Korea’s Jo Nam Jin, 19, will go up against Yao Honggang of China for the Legend Bantamweight title after he dominated opponent Yohan Mulia Legowo, 30, of Indonesia, forcing a submission in the second round with a rear naked choke. Legowo was powerless against the unceasing attacks by showman Jo, who controlled the encounter virtually from the off.
Legend FC 5 is expected to happen sometime in early spring, so be on the lookout for it, as well as other international MMA promotions around the globe!