It was a night to remember for Mansour Barnaoui at Road FC 53 in Jeju Island, South Korea.
After winning a 16-man tournament to earn his shot, Barnaoui (19-4) made the most of his title opportunity, submitting Kwon A-Sol (21-11) in the very first round. The victory not only earned Barnaoui the promotion's Lightweight Title either, also taking home a $1,000,000. The tournament began in July 2017 and coincided with A-Sol's 29 month absence.
In the co-main event, Aorigele (8-3) scored an early knockout, defeating late replacement Heo Jae-Hyeok (1-2). The latter replaced an injured Jerome LeBanner but Aorigele came out on top regardless, making it six straight wins.
Full results for Road FC 53:
Mansour Barnaoui defeated Kwon A-Sol via First Round Submission (3:44 - Rear-Naked Choke)
Aorigele defeated Heo Jae-Hyeok via First Round TKO (0:50)
Shin Dong-Guk defeated Tamotsu Hayashi via First Round TKO (2:50)
Yang Ji-Ho defeated Park Hyun-Geun via Unanimous Decision
Kim Tae-In defeated Lim Dong-Hwan via First Round TKO (0:45)
Young Guns 42 (Prelims)
Park Seok-Han defeated Kubo Kenta via Second Round Submission (4:25 Rear-Naked Choke)
Go Gi-Won defeated Hwang Chang-Hwan via Unanimous Decision
Yoon Tae-Young defeated Lim Byeong-Ha via Second Round TKO (1:27)
Rowan Pilger defeated Yang Hee-Jo via Unanimous Decision
Shin Ji-Seung defeated Ji Young-Min via Unanimous Decision