For the first time, URCC Global will hold an event in South Korea. This was made possible through the Philippines-based mixed martial arts promotion’s partnership with Kyu Yeong Won.
On April 27, 2019, Won was at the Cove Manila of Okada Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines to attend the fight night of “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” which featured 10 mixed martial arts matches. After five matches, he was called inside the cage along with an interpreter and URCC Global founder and president Alvin Aguilar.
Won confirmed that the first ever URCC Global event in South Korea will be held on June 22, 2019 in Incheon, which was one of the venues for the 2002 Football World Cup and was the host city for the 2014 Asian Games. The city is home to several professional and semi professional sports teams including the K League 1 team Incheon United FC, the Korea Baseball Championship League team SK Wyverns, the Korean Basketball League team Incheon Electroland Elephants and Women’s Korean Basketball League team Incheon Shinhan Bank S-Birds, the Daemyung Killer Whales of the Asia League Ice Hockey and the V-League teams Incheon Korean Air Jumbos and Incheon Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders.
Among the sports stars who hail from Incheon are the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyunjin, footballers Cho Yonghyung and Kim Eunjung, Hapkido Grandmaster Bong Soohan and kickboxer Lee Sunghyun. Also from the city are K-pop stars Kang Daesung of BIGBANG, JinJoo Lee of DNCE, Kim Ryeowook of Super Junior, Kim Hyoyeon of Girls’ Generation and Park Choa of AOA.
Two athletes represented South Korea at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.” “The Sniper” Seung Hyun Cho and “Samoan Korean” Jang Hyun Ji competed in the women’s flyweight divisions, respectively.
In the fourth bout of the evening, Cho failed to dethrone the reigning URCC Global Bantamweight Champion. In the fifth bout, Jang lost to former URCC Global Women’s Flyweight World Champion Geli Bulaong.
Aside from South Korea and the Philippines, the other countries represented at “URCC Global: Raw Fury” were China, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. Meanwhile, watch Won’s announcement of the inaugural URCC Global event in South Korea here: