ROAD FC is looking to legitimize the women’s heavyweight division on Saturday when it returns for the highly anticipated “ROAD FC 45: Ham vs. Frey” event.
The women’s heavyweight division has gained significant attention over the past few years thanks to the likes of RIZIN Fighting Federation showcasing fighters such as Gabi Garcia, Jazzy Gabert and Lei’D Tapa. However the organization has also received heavy criticism for their matchmaking which has led to a series of horrific mismatches. The organization seems intent on showcasing their female heavyweights putting beatdowns on inexperienced smaller women and in some cases, much older women.
Earlier this year, ROAD FC announced they will be introducing a women’s “openweight division” which will feature fighters competing at middleweight, heavyweight and above (180lbs +). This Saturday’s ROAD FC 45 event will feature two fights in the newly minted division.
In the night’s co-main event, undefeated Yoshiko Hirano (2-0) will return to battle Young Ji Kim (0-2). 24-year-old Hirano from Tokyo, Japan, holds a 100% finish rate, a first-round knockout and a first-round submission. Prior to competing in MMA, she was a professional wrestler but got banned from the sport due to an infamous incident in which she went off-script and began beating her opponent down for real. Meanwhile, Kim looks to pick up the first victory of her career following losses to King Reina and Sarah Jane McCann.
Also on the card, former RIZIN star Destanie Yarbrough makes her promotional debut to battle Kyrgyzstan’s Begimzhan Kasymova. Yarbrough (1-1) made a successful professional debut in April 2016, knocking out Crystal Parson in the first-round. She lost out in her follow-up appearance, a first round submission against Gabi Garcia. Meanwhile, Kasymova made her professional debut this past August, knocking out Yulduz Mamatkulov in the very first-round.
ROAD FC 45 takes place this Saturday from the Grand Hilton Convention Center in Seoul, South Korea. The entire event will be aired live and free on ROAD FC’s official YouTube channel from 3am ET.