“Rapper fighter” Lee Jung Hyun (20-FREE) suffered his first career loss on “ROAD TO UFC Season 2” with a UFC contract on the line.
Lee suffered a 27-30 27-30 27-30 unanimous decision loss to Mark Klimaco (25-Philippines) in the first round of the ROAD TO UFC Season 2 flyweight (56.7 kg or less) tournament at the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai in China on Sunday.
Lee, who was undefeated in eight bouts prior to this tournament, tasted bitterness for the first time in his ninth fight. His opponent, Klimako, is a fighter from the prestigious American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). As expected from a fighter who competes primarily in the United States, he was very seasoned. He has a career record of 9 wins and 1 loss.
Lee kept Klimako at bay from the start of the first round, throwing kicks and punches. Klimako, on the other hand, was aggressively clinching and looking for takedowns.
Lee got his first takedown with just over two minutes left in the first round. He got back to his feet without too much damage, but continued to struggle with Klimako’s ground game.
In the second round, Lee took a cautious approach, wary of his opponent’s takedowns. Klimako continued to look for takedown opportunities while extending his kicks. There wasn’t much action compared to the first round.
Feeling that he had taken the first round, Klimako was passive in the second. Lee took advantage of the gap and landed the final punch of the round. However, it wasn’t enough to definitively win the round.
In the third round, Lee aggressively looked to strike but couldn’t break through Klimako’s defense. Klimako pushed Lee up against the cage wall and forced the fight into a clinch.먹튀검증
Lee was unable to land any effective strikes and continued to struggle. Instead, he allowed another takedown with just over a minute left in the round. He made a final offensive push before the round ended, but was unable to land a solid shot.
Lee Jung-hyun, the 2021 Road FC Rookie of the Year, is a promising mixed martial arts prospect who also works as a rapper. He appeared on Mnet’s “High School Rapper 4” and has released two albums.