Hip-hop singer Lee Jung-hyun (21) is internationally recognized for his skills that are as good as the buzz at Road to UFC, where he participates as a mixed martial arts fighter.
The Japanese martial arts magazine ‘Gong Gakutogi’ introduced to the reader, “The matchup between Filipino-American Mark Climako (26) and Korean Lee Jung-hyun is the most noteworthy match among fighters other than Japanese in the opening round of the 2023 Road to UFC.”
UFC, the world’s No. 1 organization, launched Road to UFC in 2022, an Asian mixed martial arts prospect contest that qualifies winners of tournaments by weight category. The season kicks off on May 27 at the China Performance Institute Shanghai. Lee Jung-hyun will play against Klimaco in the flyweight class (-57kg) quarterfinals.
‘Gong Gakutogi’ said, “Lee Jung-hyun, who recorded 8 wins and undefeated in Korea Road FC, is still 20 years old (at the age of ten thousand). He boasts a 50% KO win rate (which is high by flyweight standards).”
Lee Jung-hyun has 16 wins and 2 losses in mixed martial arts since 2018, including 8 wins and 2 losses in amateurs. He has never lost as a professional fighter, including one win in kickboxing. After his professional debut, he has 4 wins in mixed martial arts and 1 win in kickboxing by KO, raising expectations with his destructive power, which is rare in the lightweight division.
In the 2021 Mnet hip-hop audition ‘High School Rapper’ season 4, he announced his presence as a ‘rapping fighter’. He passed the attendance check rap search competition, grade level cipher, and group evaluation to participate in a one-on-one subject battle with 24 players, but was eliminated and did not make it into the 16 players.
“Gong Gakutogi” said, “Climaco, a member of the prestigious gym American Kickboxing Academy, played an active part in the Legacy Fighting Alliance, a mixed martial arts competition in the United States. He added that losing by TKO to Yuma Horiuchi (26, Japan) was the only loss among 9 mixed martial arts matches (8 wins).”
AKA is a world-class training team that has produced 8 UFC champions. Horiuchi participated in two LFA flyweight title fights. ‘Gong Gakutogi’ warned, “Whether Lee Jung-hyun or Klimako wins, I think it will become a strong enemy for Tsuruya Rei (21, Japan), who is aiming for the top spot in the Road to UFC tournament.”
Climaco was the former USA Hard Steel flyweight champion. ▲UFC ▲Professional Fighters League (above) ▲ONE Championship (Singapore) ▲Rizin (Japan) and Bellator (USA), which are grouped into the five major mixed martial arts organizations, are also noteworthy.
From the first match, the two fighters, who are considered the top 2 in the Road to UFC flyweight division by foreign martial arts media, will collide from the first match, with Lee Jung-hyun predicted by Cageside Press in the US and Climaco by Artem Analysis in New Zealand.스포츠토토
The mixed martial arts ranking system ‘Fight Matrix’ evaluates Klimako at the 37th place in the UFC flyweight division and Jung-Hyun Lee at the 42nd place. The confrontation between the two is comparable to a big match in the 2023 Road to UFC quarterfinals.
Tsuruya became the Pancrase (Japan) champion in December of last year with seven consecutive victories in his mixed martial arts debut, including one amateur win. This is why ‘Gong Gakutogi’ is looking forward to winning the 2023 Road to UFC Flyweight Championship.