Monday, March 12, 2007


By Al Yu

Denis Kang rebounded from his first loss since 2003 with a decision victory over the tough Jung-Kyu Choi at Spirit MC Inter League 5 in Korea. The American Top Team fighter utilized jabs, kicks and strong takedowns to earn a unanimous decision and successfully retained his Spirit MC title. Choi exhibited a very strong chin but was unable to stop Kang’s takedowns.

American Top Team’s Steve Bruno extended his winning streak with a TKO victory over Ho-Jin Kim. Kim was unable to intelligently defend himself against strikes, forcing the referee to halt the fight. With the win, Bruno has earned a title shot with current Spirit MC Middleweight Champion Jae-Seok Kim.

Dong-Hyeon Kim defeated Myeong-Kwang Min, Dae-Gun Kim and Ki-Chool Jung en route to winning the Spirit MC Middleweight Tournament. The DEEP veteran extended his undefeated record to eight wins. A few more solid wins could see Kim in contention for the middleweight title.

Spirit MC results:

Middleweight Tournament Reserve Match:
Soo-Young Kim def. Jae-Seong Jung – Decision, RD2

Middleweight Tournament Matches (1st Round):
Dae-Gun Kim def. Sang-Yull Lee – Decision, RD2
Dong-Hyeon Kim def. Myeong-Kwang Min – Decision, RD2
Ki-Chool Jung def. Jin-Young Song – Submission (Rear Naked Choke), RD1
Seong-Choo Kim def. Ji-Sun Jun – Decision, RD2

Chan-Ran Joo def. Ki-Young Nam – TKO, RD1
Chull-Hyeon Jung def. Dae-Jeong Lee – TKO, RD1

Middleweight Tournament Matches (Quarterfinals):
Dong-Hyeon Kim def. Dae-Gun Kim – Submission (Triangle Choke), RD1
Ki-Chool Jung def. Seong-Choo Kim – Submission (Armbar), RD1

Duk-Young Jang def. Haeng-Ki Kim - Submission (Armbar), RD1
Chang-Hyeon Kim def. Young-Kwang Choi - Submission (Rear Naked Choke), RD1
Jeong-Hwan Cha def. Yoon-Young Kim – Submission (Armbar), RD1

Middleweight Tournament Finals:
Dong-Hyeon Kim def. Ki-Chool Jung – Decision, RD2

Steve Bruno def. Ho-Jin Kim – TKO, RD2
Kwang-Hee Lee def. Ah-Seul Kweon – KO, RD1

Spirit MC Heavyweight Title Match:
Denis Kang def. Jeong-Kyu Choi – Unanimous Decision, RD3

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