24th September 2010 7:30 PM
Hall 3G, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, Wan Chai map
Professional MMA Returns with Legend 3 at HKCEC
August 30, 2010 (Hong Kong) – With an event card which features undefeated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champions, the sport’s fastest-rising stars as well as a homegrown hero out to avenge a shock defeat, Legend 3 once again raises the bar on professional MMA in the region. After two knock-out events, Legend 3 steps into the mainstream at the larger-capacity Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for nine exciting contests on Friday, September 24.
The first of three co-main events features Australian welterweight champion Justin Murray, 29, against Legend newcomer Kim Hoon, 30, of South Korea. Murray will put his strong striking and solid ground skills to the test against Kim’s aggressive attacking style. In the second main event, two-time Legend winner Bae Myung Ho, 23, of South Korea takes on Malaysian Adam Kayoom, 32, in the welterweight class, with both athletes Brazilian Jiujitsu specialists. And in the third and final main event, South Korean prodigy Yang Hae Jun, 22, will square off against power-puncher Kelvin Fitial, 27, of the Northern Mariana Islands, in Legend’s first ever heavyweight match.
Tickets for the Legend 3 go on sale from today, Monday, August 30, priced at HK$650 and HK$350, and are available from Hong Kong Ticketing, Tom Lee outlets and selected martial arts facilities. VIP ringside seating is also available directly from Legend.
Out to avenge his Legend 2 defeat is Hong Kong’s Kenny Yeung, the SAR’s most well-known MMA athlete. After taking victory on his Hong Kong MMA debut, Yeung’s shock first-round defeat here in June has made the 28-year old determined to restore his reputation. For Legend 3, he will drop to 66 kilograms for his first competition in the Legend’s featherweight class and face China’s Yang Zhuo, 21.
Legend has established a reputation for featuring the region’s brightest young stars, with Zhang Tiequan of China, whose dominant Legend 2 win over Daniel Digby was named Submission of the Night, recently signed to the US-based WEC, and will make his debut in the UFC-owned promotion on September 30.
But Legend’s plan for development of the sport doesn’t stop with its adrenaline-filled events. After launching the Legend MMA Development Programme last spring, Legend has announced Hong Kong’s Alex Lee as the programme’s top MMA prospect. Lee is now working hard to develop all-important striking and grappling skills, with the aim of making his Legend debut early next year.
Says Legend co-founder Chris Pollak: “We are constantly working to bring both the best champion athletes as well as the region’s brightest fledging talent to Legend events. It’s exciting to see some of our athletes further their international careers, and we’re extremely proud to be helping develop new, Hong Kong talent. Alex has been training incredibly hard and we’re thrilled by his progress and development.”
Considered by many to be the most exciting martial arts competition format, MMA allows athletes trained in martial arts such as Sanda (China), Brazilian Jiujitsu (Brazil/Japan), Judo (Japan), Karate (Japan), Muay Thai (Thailand), Boxing (Greece), Sambo (Russia), Tae Kwon Do (Korea) and Wrestling (Greece) to compete in a freestyle contest of interdisciplinary skills, with the best overall martial artists emerging as the winners.
“Over the past two events, Legend has shown Hong Kong just how exciting professional MMA can be, and Hong Kong’s MMA fan base is growing at a rapid speed, just as it is in the rest of the world,” Legend co-founder Mike Haskamp says. “In Legend 3, expect to see the return of some athletes at the top of their MMA game, like two-time winner Bae Myung Ho, as well as some exciting prospects on the rise, such as South Korea’s Yang Hae Jun. And of course we are excited to continue to feature Hong Kong’s own Kenny Yeung.”
MMA operates under a strict set of competition rules, and athletes compete in a timed freestyle contest, with the best martial artist emerging victorious. This unique form becomes the ultimate in martial arts – complex, yet adaptable and highly entertaining to watch.
Legend clips, images, news and background are all at www.legendfc.com. Legend 3 will reach television audiences in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, via broadcast partner KIX.
*NOTE: I will be in HK for this event to support my instructor Adam Kayoom and to report on the event. This will be my first MMA event in SEA and am looking forward to catching up with all my buddies there. See you guys soon! -Luke