Kang, a PRIDE welterweight grand prix finalist, won twenty-two straight fights between 2003 and 2006 but has lost three of his last five fights. Following a loss to Kazuo Misaki via split decision in late-2006 Kang briefly rebounded to top Jung Gyu Choi in early-2007 but was defeated by Yoshihiro Akiyama via KO in late-2007 at a K-1 HERO’S event. He next entered DREAM’s inaugural middleweight tournament as an early-favorite but was defeated by eventual winner Gegard Mousasi via first-round submission in the opening round of the grand prix. In his most-recent bout, Kang defeated Kim Jae Young via first-round knockout to retain his Spirit MC title.
Though Eastman defeated eventual UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson in his MMA debut “The Beastman” has had mixed success since, losing to the likes of Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, Travis Lutter, and Jason Lambert. Following an early-2007 loss to Jackson Eastman dropped from light heavyweight to middleweight and claimed the IFO middleweight title and also scored unanimous decision victory over Terry Martin, but was defeated by Drew McFedries via first-round TKO in his latest bout in June.