ROAD FC Flyweight contender Takeshi Kasugai, courtesy Emilio Yassuo Inafuku for Fight2Live.net
Takeshi “Agar” Kasugai took a high stakes, high profile last minute fight against number one contender Song Min-Jong for the ROAD FC interim Flyweight title on February 1, 2015 in Seoul. He’ll aim to stand out in his first live broadcast fight.
Kasugai has flown under the radar, even for fans of Japanese MMA. He’s been fighting professionally since 2009 and he can claim some big wins over current champions. In fact, Kasugai’s first fight was against current HEAT Champion Kazuma Sone, who is now a training partner.
In DEEP, Kasugai’s decision over Naoyuki Kato and armlock finish of current Champ Yuki Motoya led him to his regional promotion of HEAT where he won decisions over both Fumihiro Kitahara and current Bantamweight Champ Motonobu Tezuka (in a non-title bout).
Kasugai’s record now stands at an impressive 14-3-1, with his only loss in the last four years being a decision given up to former SHOOTO Champ and VTJ Tournament Winner Ogikubo. To put it succinctly, he’s on fire.
Kasugai is ripe for a title challenge and ironically it comes in the form of the ROAD FC belt in Korea, his first fight abroad. He’ll be facing a very hungry and able Song Min-Jong, a well-rounded, aggressive, and persistent fighter who is making his third try for gold.
Asia MMA spoke with Kasugai shortly before his match regarding his thoughts on joining ROAD FC and fighting in Korea, his past stellar opponents, and his ultimate goal for 2015.
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