Another crazy style-vs-style fight from China has made it onto the internet. This one happened in Chengdu in 2009 and featured the coming together of a black-belt holder from the Chinese World Taekwondo Federation and a Muay Thai fighter.
A video of the encounter was uploaded by Fight Commentary Breakdowns. You can see it below:
The bout appeared to have been put on in-front of local news cameras. The preamble before the fight reveals that the taekwondo practitioner, Huang Xiaolong, has also trained in boxing and karate. It appears as though the unnamed Muay Thai fighter is an average fighter from a local school.
The fight itself lasts a whopping seven seconds. After they exchanged some light punches, Huang circled around the kickboxer. After he set himself, Huang hopped to begin a typical leaping taekwondo attack. However, as he rose up he was met with a thunderous head kick. Huang appeared to be knocked out in mid-air before sickeningly falling back to earth.
Someone acting as a referee then attended to an incredibly concussed Huang and tried to help him to his feet. Huang was too far gone, though. The ‘ref’ couldn’t get him up and instead had to leave Huang lying on his back until he regained his senses.
The 2009 fight is evidence that style-vs-style fights have been happening in China long since they were popularized by enigmatic MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong. Xu, aka ‘Mad Dog’ and ‘Winter Melon’, tasted viral fame in 2017 when he knocked out a tai chi master in around 10 seconds, also in Chengdu.
Xu beat-up the traditionalist after arguing online about the superiority of MMA over classic Chinese martial arts. Xu went as far as to call out ‘fakery’ within kung fu, leading to a bitter feud between him and China’s mainstream martial arts society. That feud has lead to Xu being censored by the Chinese government and a lawsuit that resulted in the shredding of Xu’s social credit rating.
Since 2017 Xu has had a handful of viral fights. There have also been a number of other fights pitting Chinese MMA fighters versus practitioners of tai chi and wing chun.