Is there anything Mansour Barnaoui didn’t win on Saturday?
The 26-year-old Frenchman was the last man standing at Road FC 53, which took place on Jeju Island in South Korea. Barnaoui defeated reigning champion Kwon A-Sol (21-11) by first-round rear-naked choke submission to become the promotion’s lightweight champion and earn a $1,000,000 prize. He’d earned the shot at A-Sol by defeating Shamil Zavurov in February to win a 16-man tournament that began back in July 2017.
Barnaoui (19-4) remained unbeaten in six appearances for Road FC and spoiled A-Sol’s return to action from a 29-month hiatus.
In the co-main event, heavyweight sluggers Aorigele (8-3, 1 NC) and Heo Jae-Hyeok (1-2) delivered the goods, trading haymakers for all of the 50 seconds that their fight lasted.
It was Aorigele who would triumph, winning his sixth straight bout. Jae-Hyeok was stepping in as a short-notice replacement for an injured Jerome LeBanner.
See the full show results below (courtesy of Road FC):
Mansour Barnaoui def. Kwon A-Sol via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:44 of R1
Aorigele def. Heo Jae-Hyeok via TKO at :50 of R1
Shin Dong-Guk def. Tamotsu Hayashi via TKO at 2:50 of R1
Yang Ji-Ho def. Park Hyun-Geun via unanimous decision
Kim Tae-In def. Lim Dong-Hwan via TKO at :45 of R1
Young Guns 42 (Preliminary Card)
Park Seok-Han def. Kubo Kenta via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4: 25 of R2
Go Gi-Won def. Hwang Chang-Hwan via unanimous decision
Yoon Tae-Young def. Lim Byeong-Ha via TKO at 1:27 of R2
Rowan Pilger def. Yang Hee-Jo via unanimous decision
Shin Ji-Seung def. Ji Young-Min via unanimous decision