Tirta to face Kawanago in Legend 8 Featherweight Championship in Jakarta

Written by: Eddie Goldman
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From Legend FightingChampionship:

Local fighter aims to become Indonesia’sfirst-ever international MMA title holder

Jakarta, February 22, 2012 (Wednesday)
— Indonesia’s own Fransino Tirtawill attempt to make history as the country’s first ever international mixedmartial arts (MMA) champion when he takes on Japanese knockout artist YusukeKawanago in the Legend Fighting Championship inaugural featherweightchampionship March 30 at LEGEND 8 in the Plenary Hall of the Jakarta ConventionCentre, Senayan.

Tirta (1-0 Legend, 15-0-1 overall) trains with Indonesian ju-jitsu luminaryNiko Han and is the nation’s top-ranked MMA fighter. He has not lost a match inhis 8-year professional career. His 16-match undefeated streak will be put tothe ultimate test when he faces Kawanago (1-1 Legend, 8-3-1 overall), a highlytechnical fighter who is one of the hottest featherweight prospects out ofJapan. Half of Kawanago’s pro wins have come by knockout.

LEGEND 8 also will feature a lightweight title fight, with Mongolian JadambaNarantungalag making his first Legend title defense against challenger Nam YuiChul of South Korea.  Jadamba (1-0 Legend, 7-2 overall), who is ranked asone of the top 20 lightweight fighters in the world, won the Legend lightweightbelt by split decision over Australia’s Adrian Pang at Legend 6 in October. In his first fight in five months, he will match his powerful kickboxingagainst veteran and fan favorite Nam (1-1-1 Legend, 13-1-1 overall), a formerSpirit MC welterweight champion who dropped to lightweight before his firstLegend fight.

In the bantamweight division, Yohan Mulia Legowo, the other Indonesian fighteron the card, will face Sung Ming-Yen of Chinese Taipei. Legowo (1-1 Legend,11-4 overall) has won national championships in MMA, sanda, kickboxing andsubmission grappling and looks to improve his Legend resume over Sung (1-1Legend, 2-1 overall), who trains out of Hsinchu’s TOUGH MMA.

“This is our first show in Indonesia and we have an Indonesian fighting for thechampionship for the first time ever in international MMA,” said MichaelHaskamp, Legend co-founder and managing director. “Legend 8 will be a landmarkevent.”

Legend 8 will include four undercard fights and six main card fights. Doors tothe Plenary Hall open at 5:30 p.m. and the first undercard fight will begin at6 p.m. The main card will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale soon, please visit www.legendfc.com for more information.

LEGEND 8 will also be broadcast in 10 countries throughout Asia-Pacific andNorth America. For more information, please visit www.legendfc.com.

About Legend Fighting Championship
Legend Fighting Championship (Legend) is the Asia-Pacific championshipof mixed martial arts (MMA).  Legend invites champion mixed martialartists from throughout the region to compete in a freestyle tournament usinginterdisciplinary skills, including sanda, jiujitsu, muay thai, boxing andwrestling. All Legend fights are supervised matches under a strict set of rulesdesigned to promote athlete safety and sportsmanship.  Legend is committedto promoting the sport of mixed martial arts in the Asia-Pacific, to supportingand cultivating its athletes, and to providing exceptional entertainment to abroad audience.

Based in Hong Kong, Legend is backed by CA Media, the Asia-Pacific investmentvehicle of the Chernin Group, and Diamond Ridge Ventures.