Six months ago, Rodney MacSwain became Legend Fighting Championship’s inaugural welterweight titleholder by defeating Hoon Kim on just a few weeks’ notice.

On Saturday, New Zealand’s “Hot Rod” will attempt to defend his belt for the first time against the man he replaced in that bout, South Korean “Wolverine” Myung Ho Bae.

Both champion MacSwain (169.5 pounds) and challenger Bae (170.5) made weight for their Legend 5 headliner during Friday’s official weigh-ins at City of Dreams casino in Macau. The event will air on North American pay-per-view Saturday at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

Legend will also crown its first 135-pound champ Saturday as 20-year-old Nam Jin Jo (135.5) and Chinese wrestling convert Honggang Yao (135.3) square off in the promotion’s bantamweight tournament final. Jo reached the title bout by submitting Indonesian vet Yohan Mulia Legowo at Legend 4. Yao, in his MMA debut, earned a unanimous nod over favored Aussie Michael Mortimer at the same event.

The hunt for Legend’s next titlist will kick off with the opening round of a four-man featherweight tournament. One semifinal pits Pancrase knockout artist Yusuke Kawanago (146.4) against unbeaten prospect Mark Striegl (146.6), while the other features Legend newcomers Fransino Tirta (146.1) and Chengjie Wu (146.2).

Undercard bouts of note will see former heavyweight prospect Hae Jun Yang (185.5) make his middleweight debut against Gareth Ealey (185.8) -- a short-notice substitution for injured teammate Pat Crawley -- and lightweight title contender Yui Chul Nam (154.6) scrap with Matt Hughes-trained Australian Rob Hill (154.6).

Legend Fighting Championship 5 weigh-in results:

Legend FC Welterweight Championship
Myung Ho Bae (170.5 pounds) vs. Rodney MacSwain (169.5)

Legend FC Bantamweight Championship
Nam Jin Jo (135.5) vs. Honggang Yao (135.3)

Rob Hill (154.6) vs. Yui Chul Nam (154.6)
Alex Niu (170.2) vs. Jingliang Li (170.5)
Yusuke Kawanago (146.4) vs. Mark Striegl (146.6)
Ken Hamamura (169.7) vs. Wang Sai (170.7)
Fransino Tirta (146.1) vs. Chengjie Wu (146.2)
Hae Jun Yang (185.5) vs. Gareth Ealey (185.8)
Sung Ming Yen (133.4) vs. Vincent Siu (133.1)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Daniel Cormier Reveals UFC 200 Game Plan for Jon Jones Rematch

  • 28 days ago
  • 87 views

Light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones will rematch at UFC 200. Cormier says he’s not changing his game plan from their first fight. read news >>

Angela Lee is Unstoppable Heading into Inaugural ONE Atomweight Title Fight

  • 25 days ago
  • 13 views

Angela Lee is unstoppable as she aims to make history on Friday by winning the inaugural ONE Champion atomweight title fight. read news >>

Angela Lee Wins Inaugural ONE Atomweight Title After Thrilling Five-Round War

  • 24 days ago
  • 43 views

Angela Lee is ONE Championship’s first ever female champion after outpointing Mei Yamaguchi in a thrilling five-round fight in Singapore. read news >>

Watch: Alistair Overeem Knocks Out Andrei Arlovski with "Karate Kid" Crane Kick

  • 22 days ago
  • 96 views

Just 18 months ago, Alistair Overeem was the biggest bust in UFC history. 'Reem signed with the UFC in 2011 with a massive wave of hype behind him. Dream heavyweight champion. Strikeforce heavyweight read news >>

'Reem karate kicks way to win over Arlovski

  • 23 days ago
  • 40 views

Alistair Overeem sent fans home happy, defeating Andrei Arlovski with a karate kick to win the main event at Fight Night Rotterdam in his home nation of Netherlands. read news >>

Newly Crowned ONE Atomweight Champ Angela Lee Signs Huge New Contract

  • 18 days ago
  • 18 views

Earlier in May, Angela Lee won the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title. On Thursday, it was announced the 19-year-old had signed a bumper new pay deal. read news >>

Bryan Caraway%26#x2019;s career blossoming after upsetting Aljamain Sterling (Yahoo Sports)

  • a day ago
  • 1 views

From Yahoo Sports: Defeating the previously unbeaten No. 4-ranked bantamweight is nothing compared to the struggles Caraway has overcome in his personal life. read news >>

Bryan Caraway%26#x2019;s career blossoming after upsetting Aljamain Sterling (Yahoo Sports)

  • a day ago
  • 3 views

From Yahoo Sports: Defeating the previously unbeaten No. 4-ranked bantamweight is nothing compared to the struggles Caraway has overcome in his personal life. read news >>