Seventeen MMA athletes make weight ahead of
Legend 3 match ups
September 23 (Hong Kong) – Seventeen of the 18 professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes have made weight ahead of tomorrow’s (September 24) Legend 3, taking place for the first time at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
For Korea’s Kwon A Sol, however, the race is on to reach the 70kg maximum for his category. The 23-year-old is expected to make weight ahead of tomorrow’s event.
With the knock-out successes of Legends 1 and 2, Legend 3’s nine professional bouts will match up some of the region’s national champion athletes and fast-rising stars from Hong Kong, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and the Northern Mariana Islands.
At Thursday’s official Legend 3 weigh-in, MMA officials ensured that the athletes competing in five different weight divisions did not exceed the weight limits of their respective divisions. Although some tense moments had the officials and athletes examining the scale closely, all but one of the athletes cleared their respective heavyweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight divisions.
As its main event, Legend 3 is excited to present Hong Kong’s first-ever heavyweight bout featuring undefeated 22-year old South Korean “Hungry” Yang Hae Jun and power-puncher Kelvin Fitial, 27, of the Northern Mariana Islands. Both are boxing and wrestling stand-outs, with their bout sure to be among the contenders for Fight of the Night.
Several familiar faces return for Legend 3, including South Korea’s Bae Myung Ho, 23, winner in both Legends 1 and 2 and China’s Li Jingliang, 22, who, despite a close loss in Legend 2, is one of China’s rising stars. Also returning to the fray is Hong Kong’s Kenny Yeung, determined to avenge his shock loss in Legend 2. For Legend 3, Yeung, 28, has dropped from the lightweight to the featherweight division and will face 21-year old Yang Zhuo of China.
Legend 3 will take place at Hall 3G at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 24, 2010. Tickets are available now from HK Ticketing (31 288 288, www.hkticketing.com) and are priced at HK$650 and HK$350. For further information please visit www.legendfc.com.