After a dominant showing in the recently-concluded FIGHT NIGHT III: PHILIPPINES VS. KOREA of Cage Gladiators and Hitman MMA at the SM Skydome in Quezon City last Sunday, April 14, South Korean combatants Kim Jae Woong and Min Hyeok Lee have both made interesting statements to set up explosive matches in the near future.
In the main event, Lee dominated Quezon City bet Miguel Alo with his power and aggression, showing a clear advantage in grappling for an easy unanimous decision win. Meanwhile, Kim showed more of his repertoire, submitting Dennis Domingo in just 72 seconds via a rear-naked.
Following his victory over Domingo, Kim called out Drex Zamboanga, one of the most established local mixed martial artist in the Philippines.
“I heard there is a bantamweight champion in the Philippines named Drex Zamboanga, and when I watched his fight, he looked kind of weak for a champion, so I want him next here in the Philippines,” said Kim with the help of manager Michael Park interpreting.
Zamboanga, a URCC bantamweight champion, was present at the venue when Kim made the challenge, and he accepted it proudly.
“If it is going to be held here, let’s do it. I won’t let the country down. Go, Philippines!,” exclaimed Zamboanga who is set to defend his URCC belt later this month.
Meanwhile, Lee agreed to face anyone when asked after his win over Alo, and then things got interesting when CJ De Tomas went inside the cage for an offer.
“I have been in a layoff for almost a year and a half, and it would be good if I can return to the cage against a tough competitor,” said De Tomas.
De Tomas is no stranger to top-caliber battles, having represented the Philippines atop the UFC stage.
Lee responded with a short but direct message that will surely have local fans looking forward to the next FIGHT NIGHT card.
“Okay. Let’s go!,” shouted Min delightedly.
Co-promoter Burn Soriano is very much open to the match-ups, while his partner Laurence Canavan has already mentioned the possibility of bringing in Russian, Irish, Japanese, and Thai competitor for the future events of the FIGHT NIGHT series.