RUFF Super Fight set for February 2 in Hohhot, China’s first MMA national champions to be crowned
(PRESS RELEASE) -- After seven events in four cities, the Ranik
Ultimate Fighting Federation is now set to crown China’s first MMA
national champions in five different weight classes at the 2013 RMB
1,000,000 Super Fight, on February 2 at Hohhot’s Inner Mongolia
In the last 17 months, 48 fighters have competed inside the RUFF
cage, and now, after 69 fights, the field has been narrowed down to
10 competitors, five of whom will walk away with RUFF’s MMA
national championship belts and 1-million RMB in prize money.
The Super Fight is shaping up to be an epic night of world-class
MMA, as four of the five title fights are re-matches from previous
RUFF events, with the only first-time matchup featuring a pair of
athletes undefeated in RUFF competition in featherweights Wang Guan
and Wu ChengJie.
Wang Guan enters the Super Fight with a 5-0 record inside the RUFF
cage, tallying a pair of KO/TKO wins, a submission via strikes, and
two unanimous decision wins. Considered by many to have the
heaviest hands in China, Wang was the first athlete to qualify for
the RUFF finale, and has not seen any action since RUFF 5, where he
sprawled and brawled his way to victory over Yuan ChunBo.
Wu ChengJie also earned his place in the Super Fight with a
unanimous decision win over Yuan ChunBo, dominating the opposition
at RUFF 7. While Wu ChengJie has shown improved standup of late,
his strength lies in his takedown game and his ground and pound
Easily submitting Dong YanJun via strikes at RUFF 5 and Zhao
EriDeMuTu via head arm choke at RUFF 6, Wu will need to defend
against Wang Guan’s crisp and accurate striking, and shorten the
distance to land the takedown. If Wu ChengJie can neutralize Wang
Guan’s punch combos and stunning kicks and take this fight to the
mat, he will have a chance to pull the upset. But many fighters
have attempted a similar strategy to little success.
Tying Wang Guan’s record for most victories inside the RUFF cage is
his Xi’An Sports University teammate, bantamweight Jumabieke
Tuerxun, who will be facing Irshaad
Sayed for the 61 kg MMA national championship.
Jumabieke is a well-rounded fighter, amassing two KOs inside the
RUFF cage (both were named “Knockout of the Night”), a submission
via Von Flue choke, a dominating unanimous decision win, and a
split decision, that came against Sayed at RUFF 3. While Jumabieke
has a mature standup game and solid submission skills, his
takedowns and wrestling are his advantage over Sayed, who is
looking to become the first athlete to ever defeat Jumabieke in any
Sayed enters the Super Fight with a 3-1 RUFF record, his wins
coming via TKO, rear naked choke, and split decision. A former Muay
Thai world champion, Sayed possesses a sophisticated striking
arsenal of punching combination, low kicks and spinning elbows, but
looking to avenge his lone RUFF loss to Jumabieke, he has made
serious improvements on the ground and with his sprawl.
Mentoring Sayed on the ground is his teammate Rodrigo
Caporal, who will face Wu HaoTian for the 70 kg crown at the
Caporal, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and former world
champion, is currently 4-0 in RUFF competition, with two of his
wins coming via submission, and the other two via majority decision
and KO, the later against Wu HaoTian at RUFF 5. Caporal is the most
experienced Jiu Jitsu fighter on the RUFF roster, and while he
prefers to bring his fights to the ground, he has proven to be well
versed in the standup game.
Wu HaoTian only notched his first RUFF victory at RUFF 7,
Hanchana via first round rear naked choke, but the lone win
proved to be enough to help him advance to the championship fight.
Devastated by his RUFF 5 loss to Caporal, Wu HaoTian is looking for
revenge in front of his hometown Hohhot crowd, and will use his
wrestling prowess to avoid Caporal’s takedowns and submission
Expect these two lightweights to deliver impressive performances at
the Super Fight, and bring this fight to the ground.
In the flyweight division, Liu PingYuan and Zhang MeiXuan will meet
for the third time inside the RUFF cage, splitting the previous two
Liu PingYuan is currently riding a four-fight win streak, winning
twice via armbar submission, with the other two victories coming
via split decision. Liu PingYuan, who is tied as RUFF’s bonus
leader, has shown tremendous growth since RUFF: Genesis, when he
lost via TKO ref stoppage to Zhang MeiXuan in the “Fight of the
Night.” An adept boxer and Jiu Jitsu practitioner who can fight
anywhere in the cage, Liu PingYuan constantly pressures his
opponents with a variety of submission attempts.
Coming off an impressive submission-via-armbar victory at RUFF 7
that was later named “Fight of the Night,” Zhang MeiXuan is hungry
to avenge his only RUFF loss, a split decision to Liu PingYuan at
RUFF 5. Zhang MeiXuan throws lightning-fast kicks and punch
combinations, pressures opponents with relentless aggression, and
control the center of the cage with flying knees and speedy
takedown attempts. Convinced that he indeed bested Liu PingYuan in
their last outing, Zhang not only wants the championship belt and
the 1-million RMB, but the opportunity to finish his constant
Li JiXiang and Zhao ZiLong will fight for the RUFF 93 kg China MMA
national championship on February 2, a re-match of their RUFF 5
slugfest, won by Li via unanimous decision.
Younger, taller, longer, and more athletic than his opponent, Li
JiXiang is 2-0 inside the RUFF cage, with his other victory coming
via TKO against Kong HanDong at RUFF 4. Li possesses a refined
striking game, and has shown an ability to eat punches while
delivering his own flurry of punishing blows. He also has an
excellent submission defense.
Zhao ZiLong is a former two-time China national Sanda champion, who
is 2-1 in RUFF competition. Zhao relies on his striking - heavy
punches, thunderous kicks – and has shown improved conditioning, as
evidenced by his complete domination of Kong HanDong at RUFF 7, a
performance that earned him “Knockout of the Night” honors.
Zhao ZiLong has also stepped up his work on the ground, but expect
this fight to stay on the feet, where Zhao and Li JiXiang are most
comfortable. These two light heavyweights will come out swinging,
and they will not quit until someone is crowned champion.
RUFF is China’s only government-sanctioned MMA organization, and at
the 2013 RMB 1,000,000 Super Fight, RUFF will become the first MMA
organization in the world to crown MMA national champions.
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