Clash of the Asian Titans for Epic Legend 4 Rematch
January 7, 2011 (Hong Kong) – When the thrilling first clash between Adrian Pang and Nam Yui Chul resulted in a majority draw at Legend 1, the deafening roar for a rematch from MMA fans across Asia was heard loud and clear by Legend’s organizers.
One year after the inaugural Legend Fighting Championship, they will get their wish when Australia’s Pang and South Korea’s Nam fight for the Legend Lightweight Title. The men will meet again on January 27, 2011, at the AsiaWorld-Expo, in one of the most highly anticipated MMA contests ever held in the Asia-Pacific.
The region’s premier professional MMA organization has set the bar for explosive, exciting MMA competitions in China, the birthplace of martial arts. Focused exclusively on champion athletes from across the Asia-Pacific, Legend 4 will feature nine must-see bouts, including the Nam vs. Pang rematch.
Recently ranked the world’s fourth-best lightweight prospect by influential MMA website Bloody Elbow’s World Scouting Report, Nam’s most recent contest was in October 2010, when he knocked out Japan’s Kota Okazawa, who was unbeaten in his prior eight fights.
“I’ve been working on preparing for bigger fights and opportunities. After my first fight with Adrian Pang last January, I saw some flaws in my game, and I’ve spent the past year working on them. I’ve done a lot of strength and conditioning to improve my power, and I’ve really been working hard on my Muay Thai. I took a few Muay Thai fights to test myself, and I won all of them by knockout,” Nam, 29, said. “As for Legend 4, I don’t feel this is a revenge match, but a chance for me to be 100 percent clear on who is the champion. Last January, the goal was just to win, but this time, it’s to show Pang, the judges and the fans, that I am the superior fighter.”
Pang, 33, is making his first defense of the Legend Lightweight Championship after taking a six-month hiatus from fighting. The latter half of 2010 was a busy period for Pang: he got married in September and has been focusing on his carpentry business, but the Brisbane-based fighter has continued his training and is fully committed to retaining his title at Legend 4.
“I had a very busy first half of the year in 2010 and ideally would have spread it out a bit more,” Pang said of last year’s schedule. “The first battle between Nam and me was an epic one, and I am happy to have this rematch and to showcase my talents again in Hong Kong. It’s an important fight and I am prepared, strong and ready.”
Pang won Legend’s Lightweight Championship by defeating top-ranked South Korean fighter Yu Woo Sung in a unanimous decision in Legend 2, a victory that was especially meaningful as he was recovering from a bout of recurrent Malaria at the time.
“I re-contracted Malaria about four days before I flew from Brisbane to Hong Kong,” Pang said. “It’s a non-contagious form and something I have had since childhood from growing up in Papua New Guinea. I was extremely sick, depleted of energy and with a fever, but I knew there had been a lot of promotion for my match-up against Woo and I didn’t want to let everyone down. I consider myself a traditional martial artist and loyalty is extremely important to me.”
With unfinished business between the two champion athletes, the stage has been set for Nam and Pang’s Legend 4 rematch, with each determined to make a statement with a dominant victory on January 27.
Legend clips, images, news and background are all at www.legendfc.com. Legend 4 will be broadcast in the United States on Pay-Per-View; in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia on KIX; and in China on digital sports channel Power Sports Network.