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Former PRIDE middleweight grand-prix runner-up Denis Kang has revealed that he will be taking on former IFO light heavyweight champion Marvin Eastman at a scheduled Raw Combat show on October 25th in Canada.
Kang spoke about his bout against Eastman on a recent edition of BetUS radio. Along with the Eastman fight, Kang is also slated to defend his Spirit MC heavyweight title against longtime rival Jae Young Kim at Spirit MC 18 on August 31st in Korea.
“I’m training my ass of right now,” Kang said on the show. “August 31st I’m defending my Spirit MC heavyweight belt against Jae Young Kim. A lot of people don’t know who he is in North America but I’ve fought him twice before and he’s a very tough guy. Then October 25th I’ll be fighting for Raw Combat against Marvin Eastman.”
Kang has not fought since being submitted by rising middleweight Gegard Mousasi at DREAM.2 in April. Prior to that, Kang suffered a devastating first-round knockout loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama at a K-1 Hero’s event in October 2007. Kang’s fight with Raw Combat will be the first time he has fought in Canada in close to five years.
Eastman snapped a two-fight winning streak at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June, where he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Miletich Fighting Systems product Drew McFedries. Eastman’s fight against Kang will be his third since moving down to the middleweight division.