Saturday, June 16, Macau, City of Dreams exclusively presents Legend Fighting Championship 9!
In the main event, top Japanese lightweight Koji Ando takes on Australian brawler Rob Hill, with the winner earning the right to take on Jadamba Narantungalag for the Legend Lightweight Title. Straight punches and foot sweeps were the order of the day for 27-year-old Ando, who was the aggressor from the first bell to the last. After a relatively close opening stanza spent on the feet, the Tokyo-based southpaw began to find his range in earnest, forcing Hill to go on the defensive and cover up under fire from stiff jabs and hooks. Ando repeatedly tripped the backpedaling Hill to the mat, where the Wajustu Keishukai representative would set up shop in half-guard and grind away.
Ando finished strong, showing little respect for Hill’s counterpunches in the third round by mixing in leg kicks and further trip takedowns. The offensive display was enough to earn scores of 29-28 from judges Jordan Morley, Scott Morley and Daniel Charles Pereira. The victory also secured for Ando a future shot at Legend lightweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag, who has emerged from Mongolia to become a fearsome force on the Asian scene over the past two years.
Ando has won four of his last five fights, including Submission of the Night honors for his inverted triangle victory at Legend 7. His opponent Rob Hill is coming off his own Submission of the Night performance at Legend 8, and will be looking for another solid victory. Known as one of Legend’s most colorful fighters outside the ring, Hill will be looking to prove he deserves a title shot with a trademark exciting performance.