Jumabieke Tuerxun and Wang Guan, who are regarded as China's top bantamweight and featherweight fighters respectively, both picked up wins at RUFF 5 -- Photo via ruffchina.com
The UFC has signed up multiple champions from Korea and Guam, filling their November UFC: Macau card with a bunch of top fighters from all over Asia. Surprisingly though, the top talent from China hasn't been picked up yet, as Zhang Tiequan is the only Chinese fighter slated for Macau.
So where are these other guys? Well a handful of them were showcased this past weekend at RUFF, when this promotion from Mainland China streamed their 5th event live for the first time to an international audience.
As part of the double-headliner for RUFF 5, unbeaten star Jumabieke Tuerxun continued his dominance, further stating his case as China's top bantamweight.
In his previous outing, 'Bieke' as he's called, defeated another top Chinese fighter in Yao Honggang to claim the Legend FC bantamweight championship. He then left the promotion to sign with RUFF, and this past weekend, he took on ONE FC standout, Jiang LongYun.
Jiang, who is coming of an impressive win over WBC Boxing Champ Yodsanan Sityodtong, wasn't able to hang with Bieke. After a brief feeling out period, Bieke landed a well timed left hook, brutally knocking out his opponent in a little over a minute. One punch is all it took, and 'The Wild Wolf' added yet another scalp to his 13-0 resume.
Bellator has been interested in his services for some time now, but frankly, I think he should've gotten a slot in the UFC Macau card.
Speaking of top Chinese fighters who deserve a slot in Macau, undefeated knockout artist Wang Guan picked up a win on the card as well. China's top featherweight has been on a tear as of late, racking up KO victories in Sanda and in MMA and building up a mean reputation and a rapidly growing fanbase.
This distinction as being one of the best strikers and hardest punchers in the game may have actually affected his opponent in Yuan Chunbo, as the ONE FC veteran didn't even look like he wanted to be in the same cage.
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For 15 minutes, he just elected to just throw pointless cartwheel kicks and flopped to the ground, refusing to engage with him. For glimpses, you could already see how calm, explosive and technical Wang could be standing up, but for the most part, it was a very uneventful fight. Unfortunately, his skills weren't on full-view during the first time RUFF decided to showcase it to an international audience. A win is a win though, and China's top featherweight improves to 10-0.
Chinese MMA is continuously growing with RUFF, Legend FC, and the UFC all hosting shows in the region, and there are a handful of talented and young fighters like Bieke and Wang who are rising above the pack. Zuffa plans to host regular shows in the area, and as they continue, hopefully they can start stacking their cards with more top Chinese fighters aside from just Zhang.
RUFF 5 Results
September 8, 2012 -- Inner Mongolia Indoor Stadium Hohhot, China
-Ayideng Jumayi def. Lü ZhenHong via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
-Shang ZhiFa def. Liu LianJie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Wu ChengJie def. Dong YanJun via submission (strikes) at 1:01, R1
-Liu PingYuan def. Zhang MeiXuan via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
-Jumabieke Tuerxun def. Jiang LongYun via KO at 1:40, R1
-Rodrigo Caporal def. Wu HaoTian via KO at 1:47, R2
-Wang Guan def. Yuan ChunBo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Sandro da Silva def. Xue GuoBin via submission (strikes) at 2:19, R1
-Arthit Hanchana def. HasiTieer TeerJiang via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:04, R1
-Amu RiJiRiGaLa def. Yang Liang via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Zhang LiPeng def. Xuan PengFei via submission (strikes) at 1:10, R1
-Li JiXiang def. Zhao ZiLong via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Cui LiuCai def. Wen JunCheng via submission (ankle lock) at 2:58, R1