Xiaomi ROAD FC 044: Kuwabara Kiyoshi steps in on late notice as replacement for Jake Heun


ROAD Fighting Championship will once again return to China for Xiaomi ROAD FC 044 on November 11, 2017. Xiaomi ROAD FC 044 will take place at the Hebei Gymnasium in Shijiazhuang in conjunction with the city to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Shijiazhuang Daily, one of the most prestigious media institutions in China.

At Xiaomi ROAD FC 044, the quarterfinals round of the ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament will take place, with eight fighters from six countries participating. The remaining matches on the card are now open. In the main event, fan favorite “Kungfu Panda” Aorigele will face returning Japanese ring legend Fujita “Ironhead” Kazuyuki in a massive Openweight bout.

Kuwabara Kiyoshi replaces Jake Heun on short notice

At Xiaomi ROAD FC 044, UFC TUF veteran Jake Heun was set to face China’s next big thing Ma Anying in an openweight bout. Unfortunately, visa processing issues delayed Heun’s arrival, so he will not be able to travel for this match.

Kuwabara Kiyoshi (10-9, Team Samurai) will make his fifth appearance inside the ROAD FC cage as the late notice replacement for Heun. Kuwabara is now 2-2 in ROAD FC, with his most notable performance being an 18 second KO of Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol. Kuwabara has fought from welterweight on up, and will take this match at with no limits with no reservations at all. Suddenly, another bout on Part 1 follows the “China versus Japan” theme which will echo in the Main Event of the night.

Xiaomi ROAD FC 044
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Hebei Gymnasium
Shijiazhuang, China
Broadcast (updated):
CCTV5 in China
Panda.TV in China: 17:00CST
MBC Sports+ in Korea
SportsFix.TV in SE Asia: 17:00 MyST
YouTube internationally: 5:00AM EST / 2AM PST


5 Openweight Match
Aorigele vs Fujita Kazuyuki

4 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match
Shamil Zavurov vs Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu

3 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match
Baoyincang vs Shimoishi Kota

2 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match
Ronys Torres vs Tom Santos

1 $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals Match
Mansour Barnaoui vs Nandin-Erdene



7 -71kg Catchweight Match
Sha Yilan vs Imai Shunya

6 Openweight
Wu Lahan vs Wang Yichuan

5 Openweight
Ma Anding vs Kuwabara Kiyoshi

4 Women’s Strawweight Match
Fujino Emi vs Aline Sattelmayer

3 Bantamweight Match
Wu Ze vs Wu Xiaolong

2 Bantamweight Match
Nezu Yuta vs Baasankhuu Damlanpurev

1 Lightweight Match
Huang Zhenyue vs Iwata Keisuke