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Moon Ki-Bum replaces Jeremy Kennedy, faces Will Chope at PRO FC 9


A motorcycle accident has forced Team Quest Thailand’s Jeremy Kennedy (4-0) out of his scheduled bout against Will Chope (19-6) at PRO FC 9 next month.

While the good news was that the Canadian did not suffer any serious injuries, he was ruled out of action, at least, till the end of June or early July.

PRO FC, though, wasted little time in finding a replacement opponent for Chope. The fighter, on Thursday, announced on Twitter that he would now be facing South Korean starlet Moon Ki-Bum (2-0) at the event instead.

PRO FC 9 takes place May 25 at the Luxy Contemporary Nightlife Complex in Taiwan.

Chope (pictured), 23, makes his first pro MMA appearance after his controversial UFC release early this month. The lanky Californian was future endeavored by the promotion after a Bleacher Report article detailing his violent past surfaced online. Prior to that, he made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 34, where he suffered a second round TKO setback at the hands of Max Holloway. Chope is a veteran of PRO FC, having made four appearances under the promotion’s banner to date.

Moon, from South Korea, had an impressive showing in his promotional debut in ROAD FC in March, defeating Kim Hyung-Ryul via punches to extend his record to 2-0. Prior to that, he made his first pro MMA appearance under the TOP FC flag in December last year, where he notched a decision victory over Bum Chan Kang.

As previously announced, the likes of former Strikeforce competitor Don Carlo-Clauss and Legend FC veteran Luke Jumeau have been confirmed for the event too.

With that, the updated PRO FC 9 line-up in Taiwan now includes:

  • Moon Gi-Bum vs. Will Chope
  • Don Carlo-Clauss vs. Koji Takeuchi
  • Luke Jumeau vs. John Vake
  • Georgios Serganis vs. Zhang Zheng Jie


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