Friday Fight Facts #6




W -‎ UNIVERSAL REALITY COMBAT CHAMPIONSHIP (URCC) has organized a drive to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong. please help and pass along.

W - ‎Nightmare Of Battle delivers news of championships at DEEP 57: Doo Ho Choi versus Kazunori Yokota for the Featherweight title, and Bantamweight champ 大塚隆史 Takafumi Otsuka defends against Yoshiro Maeda (前田吉朗). Also on the card Mizuto Hirota (廣田瑞人) versus Seichi Ikemoto 池本誠知. February 18th, 2012! Two Title Fights At The 57th Impac

W - ‎Brittany Ann Decker's crisp account of DEEP 56 at Iron Forges Iron, with pictures and video link.

DEEP 56 Impact Results « Brittany Decker « Contributors « Iron Forges Iron™ DEEP “56th Impact” took place on December 16th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Among the fights, Yuya Shirai and Tasuke Okuno battled it out for the WW title…

W - here's PRO Fighting MMA's Heavyweight bracket including Vaughn Anderson andNaechul Kim, plus bouts between Will TheKill Chope vs Isamu Himura, and Mark Striegl vs Daniel Mashamaite.

Get Ready For Chaos In A Cage!!!! PRO Fighting 6: MMA Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament!!!! 10 Fights!!! By: Royal Chiou

W - here's Vaughn Anderson practicing technique one month before his MMA return atPRO Fighting MMA: Ubon Muay Thai Fight: The end of Vaughn Anderson's Muay Thai fight Nov 12, 2011- Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

W - here's Mark Striegl's win via RNC at PRO Fighting MMA. props to his stand in opponent 潘文士 for taking the fight last-minute. 2011/12/18 PRO Fighting 帕西法剋綜合格鬥賽 Mark Striegl VS 潘文士

W - wow, here's a nice 'escape': Vaughn Anderson powers to his feet while IN a guillotine.
PRO Fighting - Grand Prix, Final Fight: Vaughn "Blud" Anderson vs. Wu Dong HsingDecember 18, 2011. Taipei, Taiwan.

W - confirmation from Andy Wang at PRO Fighting MMA: Vaughn Anderson smoked through the Heavyweight tournament!

W - Vaughn Anderson takes the PRO Fighting MMA Heavyweight tournament with 2 KOs and 1 TKO.

Expedient Exposures


 ‎Gareth Griffiths did a fantastic job of commenting on every match, and his photos are amazing! this feature belongs enshrined on the PRO Fighting MMA website.

Friday Fight Facts #5




W - ‎Rodrigo Caporal
, Irshaad Sayed and Shinji Ichinose just got on a plane with Cristiano Kaminishi who will corner them at RUFF锐武终极格斗 2 in Chongqing. i got the chance to speak with Caporal before he went, and we talked about his BJJ competition, his MMA record, and his philosophy behind his desire to grow MMA in Asia:  MMA in Asia: Rodrigo Caporal: Behind the Dragon's Eyes

W - CALLING ALL FIGHTERS - 注意すべての戦闘機 - 競爭對手 - 전투기 - Join the new ASIA FIGHTERS database:

W - Asia Mma ... am I DREAMing?

W - Arirang interviews spectators and fighters alike at Road Fc 5, including Denis Kang,Dong Hyun KimBen Henderson, and Chan Sung Jung.  Arirang | Korea for the World, The World for Korea

Rodrigo Caporal: Behind the Dragon's Eyes

I remember the first time I saw Rodrigo.  He was this rather short, smiling, silly-eared guy, with a Brazilianesque swagger and quick-footed catlike agility about him.  He was the new BJJ black belt in town, and I suppose I expected a sort of emanating superiority about him, but it was absent, seemingly because he was fairly young.  Still, there was something quite intense about him.  His gaze was extremely focused, and coupled with his permanent grin Caporal resembled a dragon: eagerly yet calmly waiting to attack any obstacle in his path. With that attitude, he has indeed met very few setbacks in life.

When I first saw him at home in the gym, teaching enthusiastically and rolling gently with students, I didn't see how deep that intensity went.  He's definitely a motivating coach and very vocal, yet it's all positive energy.  When I saw him in BJJ competition, I finally understood how he lets that intensity out.  And everyone in Southeast Asia felt it too.

Caporaaaal - as he's known to friends and opponents alike because it's chanted when he fights - spent his whole life in Brazil before he moved to Asia.  He fought in BJJ competitions and MMA promotions all over the country, but he never thought about relocating until the urging of Hong Kong Versus Performance's coach Quinton Arendse.  Caporal had a friend who was a brown belt teaching in the Philippines, and since his friend had good words to say about Asia, he decided to come over for a few months, do some seminars, teach a little, travel a little, see what was up.

"Wow.  Nice place."

Quinton asked, "Want to stay?"


For that first year, Rodrigo did miss his home.

"Of course, I did miss my family.  I did miss training with Durinho, Guto Campos, Calasans, Mendes bros.  But here, now I have nice friends too.  They are now my family."


注意 大家 (競爭對手, 團隊, 教練):
注意すべての戦闘機 (チーム ・ コーチ):
주의 모든 전투기 (팀 & 코치):

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NAME: Family, Given "Ring" (native language/English)
LEVEL: Amateur, Novice professional, Professional, Contender/Champion
STATS: W-L-D (if online, provide a link like Sherdog)
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TEAM: Gym you fight out of (and link)
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All submissions will be verified for accuracy before posting.

Friday Fight Facts #4




W - The life and times of Vaughn Anderson. everything you always wanted to know. and some you didn't. MMA in Asia: Vaughn 'Blud' Anderson: The life and times of a professional fighter in Asia

Love the comments:
Yoann Gouaida hel yeh hanged out in the clubs in bkk wit that guy dude
Isaac Chang The original gangsta baby... TAI MALL style. hahaha
Joseph Douglas Atkins That guy beat me up! I'm in good company.
Andy Wang one of the toughest in all of Asia
Silas Maynard Your the man Vaughn. Wish we could bring you to Shanghai...
Daniel Isaac Vaughn is a tough dude 
Narouque - WAR BLUD!!! See u in Taiwan bro

And thanks to for picking up the story!

W - UFC 144: the PRIDE of Japan, or just a daydream? MMA in Asia: UFC Japan - Dissecting the UnderCard

W - LOOKING FOR FIGHTERS: RUFF锐武终极格斗 hosting an open tryout in Chongqing on December 10th. 在招集了全中国最顶尖的MMA精英选手之后,RUFF(锐武终极格斗)将于12月10 日和11日在重庆为新一代中国MMA格斗选手敞开八角台的大门,这也是2012年度锐武MMA选手选拔的一部分。
RUFF 将在12月10, 11日进行2012年度MMA选手选拔

Vaughn 'Blud' Anderson: The life and times of a professional fighter in Asia

Telling stories is an art. Telling true stories about your escapades seeking bloody matches with unknown opponents in foreign lands is another level completely. I’ve found one such story-teller, and his name is Vaughn “Blud” Anderson. If you are involved in any aspect of the fight game in Asia, and you don’t know Vaughn, then… well I feel sorry for you. He’s like the Bas Rutten of Asia. He kicks ass, lives the fighter’s dream, and has devastating good looks. I know, because that’s what he told me.

Naturally, I wanted to delve into his character, find out what makes this man tick, and why he has so vehemently pursued such a difficult and often dangerous life, both inside and outside the ring.

The Blud Chronicles

The son of a diplomat, Vaughn was born in the Philippines and spent his childhood there, then in Beijing. When his parents moved the family to Canada, Vaughn felt quite the opposite of what you’d expect.

“I hated it. I was just like everybody else there. I had to stand in line like everybody else. I wasn’t ‘the white kid’, I wasn’t special anymore. It made me angry so if people picked on me, I always fought back. But I had a great childhood. I had way more balls then too. I'd get in fights over nothing - good times!”

UFC Japan - Dissecting the UnderCard

For a moment, reflect upon the glory that was PRIDE matchmaking back in the day.  Nog running Rocky Balboa on Cro Cop before getting an armbar.  Cro Cop's devastating high kick unleashed on Wandy.  Wandy and Rampage's personal war.  Nick Diaz' gogoplata upset over Gomi.  Sakuraba versus Carlos Newton in a grapple brawl of the century.  Yoshihiro Takayama and Don Frye beating each other senseless.  The long-awaited match between Fedor and Cro Cop.  Royce, Hendo, Arona, Shogun, Minowa, Misaki, Sakurai, Aoki, Kawajiri.

An era of pageantry and full-on world-class MMA came to an end when PRIDE's parent company lost their Fuji Network broadcast amid scandalous allegations of yakuza involvement and the subsequent sale of the promotion to Zuffa.  DREAM was born from the ashes, Sengoku rose in prominence, and some of the top talent returned overseas to fight in the cage.  But nothing yet has filled that void in the PRIDE fans' hearts.

Even at its inception, the UFC knew the importance of Japan's fight culture and held four events there - 15.5, 23, 25 and 29.  Right after that last event, parent company SEG's financial difficulties almost sidelined the promotion and Zuffa purchased it in early 2001.  For the next 6 years, they focused on their domestic market.  In 2007, the payoff came, with results of stunning PPV buys and regular gate attendance of over 10,000 people.  Then in 2009 they began an overseas push into the European market.  Australia and Abu Dhabi were added in 2010, and back to Brazil in 2011.  Rumors of a show in China circulated after the UFC opened an office in Beijing, but nothing materialized.   And now, a staggering 12 years later, the UFC will once more hold an event Tokyo, Japan on February 26, 2012.

Friday Fight Facts #3




W - Could November 2011 go down in history as monumental for a resurgence of MMA?
MMA in Asia: The Month of Rebirth for MMA in ASIA

W - ONE Fighting Championship's announcement of a partnership with DREAM stormed the MMA community in all of Asia. with additional partnerships already in place with URCC, Dare Championship, Road Fc and CFC - Cage Fighting Championship, CEO Victor Cui proves he has big things in mind.
MMA in Asia: ONE FC: Potential to Change the Whole Game

W - Victor Cui of ONE Fighting Championship interviewed by Eddie Goldman on No Holds Barred: Victor Cui of ONE Fighting Championship

W - From City Fight Club: a great turnout at Vuyisile Colossa's White Collar MMA City Fight Club charity event Silent Auction at Privé.

NHB Podcast Interview: Victor Cui of ONE FC

Eddie Goldman, "The Godfather of MMA Journalism", interviewed ONE FC's Owner and CEO Victor Cui in this latest edition of the No Holds Barred show.  Listen to this very informative podcast here.  I am very honored to be the Asia correspondent for No Holds Barred, such a well-respected and upstanding information source, and Eddie Goldman, "The Conscious of Combat Sports".  A huge thank you for Victor in mentioning me and commending my efforts to grow the sport of MMA in Asia.

Here is the introduction to this interview:

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Victor Cui, the CEO and owner of the ONE Fighting Championship.

Based in Singapore, ONE FC ran their first mixed martial arts card on September 3, 2011. They have led the establishment of the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which is a mutually exclusive partnership of mixed martial arts organizations and gyms across Asia and the Pacific which will co-promote events and share fighters. So far, ONE FC has partnered with Dream in Japan, URCC in the Philippines, Cage Fighting Championship in Australia, ROAD Fighting Championship in Korea, DARE Fightsports in Thailand, Team Lakay Wushu in the Philippines, Tiger Muay Thai and MMA in Thailand, Tigers Gym in India, Evolve Mixed Martial Arts in Singapore, Legacy Gym in Thailand, Tough MMA in Taiwan, Synergy Jiu-Jitsu in Indonesia, Juggernaut FC in Singapore, Fightworks Asia in Singapore, PAK MMA in Pakistan, Team Force in Korea, MuayFit in Malaysia, and Leverage MMA in Malaysia.

The Month of Rebirth for MMA in ASIA

The eleventh month of the eleventh year of the new millennium will go down in history as the month of rebirth for MMA in Asia.  Events came to a crescendo on the 28th, when the entire MMA community was treated to a triple-header of press releases involving two of the most well-known and dominating promotions worldwide – UFC and DREAM – and newcomer ONE FC, whose aspirations may rise higher than anything seen before.

DREAM is “Genki Desu Ka!”

With the financial fate of DREAM Japan’s parent company FEG in question, the promotion announced that it would still hold a traditional New Years Eve show, but under the sponsorship of FieLDS and IGF (a professional wrestling promotion).  In snippets of Japanese language-only press conferences, the epic fight card was revealed. 

First came a Featherweight bout between Crusher Tatsuya Kawajiri and previous title contender Kazuyuki Miyata.  Then an 8 years in the making Welterweight rematch bout between Ryo Chonan and Hayato Sakurai, a member of the now infamous ‘Zaromskis Headkick Club’.  Championship bouts announcements followed, with a Featherweight contention between Champion Hiroyuki Takaya taking on Lion Takeshi, and a Lightweight title defense by the arm collecter Shinya Aoki against long-time training partner Satoru Kitaoka.  Additionally, the Bantamweight semifinals and final will be held with Masakazu Imanari versus Antonio Banuelos and Bibiano Fernandes versus Rodolfo Marques; the Reserve bout being equally exciting as Hideo Tokoro takes on Yusup Saadulaev

ONE FC: Potential to Change the Whole Game

One Fighting Championship of Singapore has issued a press release regarding a mutual agreement with DREAM of Japan:

...ONE Fighting Championship and DREAM have agreed to co-promote events together and have also agreed to fighter exchanges. Fighter exchanges are expected to happen with immediate effect. It means that any ONE FC fighter will automatically be eligible to compete on DREAM and any DREAM fighter will automatically be eligible to compete on ONE FC. In addition, the first co-promotion is tentatively scheduled for March 31 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in the name of “ONE FC / DREAM in Singapore,” ...

And DREAM of Japan has: released a corresponding statement:
これは日本及びシンガポールをはじめ、アジアのMMAにとって記念碑的な発展の一つとなるでしょう。この提携関係の中で、DREAMとONE FCは将来のイベントの共催及び選手の交換を行っていくことに合意しました。『DREAM/ONE FC in Singapore』やONE FCの日本大会などのイベント開催や、選手の交換に関してはすぐにその成果が見られると期待されています。これは、全てのDREAMの選手がONE FCへ出場し、また全てのONE FCの選手がDREAMへ出場する可能性があることを意味しています。

Swift on the heels of ONE FC’s guerrilla tactics press on recent strategic partnerships with Asian MMA promotions, ending with this bunker bomb of a mutually exclusive partnership with DREAM, the question remains: what's the big deal?

With the bold font-intended words “effective immediately” ONE FC announced that this partnership means that all ONE FC fighters are eligible to fight in DREAM, and vice versa.  A co-promotion to be held in Singapore is being planned for as early as March 31st, an extremely ambitious undertaking between a newcomer with great technique and a veteran heavy hitter.  ONE FC must have some serious broadcast deals in their pocket to capture the stalwart’s interest and cooperation.

Friday Fight Facts #2



W - MMA in ASIA has a new URL, and a new look, based on your feedback. to all of you, thanks for helping MMA in Asia grow!!! keep checking the site for fast updates and some new features coming soon.

W - Friday at 4pm at Korean Top Team: open to the public to meet UFC's Ben Henderson and "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.

Chan Sung Jung
내일 오후 4시부터 UFC라이트급 타이틀 도전자이자 하프코리안인 벤 헨더슨과 코리안탑팀 합동훈련이 대림동 코리안탑팀체육관에서 있습니다 관람비같은것도 없으니 편하게 오셔서 구경도 하시고 사진촬영도 하시고가세요^^ 그리고 너무 헨더슨한테만몰리면 제가 너무 무안하니 저도좀 아는척해주세요.............................ㅋㅋ

L - ‎Road Fc 5 updates via their website: ROAD FC 005. NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

Young Guns Tournament - 박정교 Park Junggyo is out because of a car accident, and the replacement announced is 차인호 Cha Inho.
Night of Champions - Jaeyoung Kim got an achilles injured in training, and 최재현 Choi Jaehyun suffered a shoulder injury in a car crash.

W - Trench Tech's Trench Warz 15 fight card: Saipan Tribune

‎W - Kazuhiro Nakamura in Hong Kong for the judo club, and a roll with Thomas Fan

City Fight Club: Boxing Finals

This is Part 2 of our coverage of the City Fight Club White Collar amateur MMA's first round event, the boxing competition, held at DEF Boxing Gym in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.  You can read Part 1 here.

At this point of the event, every white collar warrior has tasted of battle.  Now begin the finals in each division to determine the champions of the night.  The only thing missing is the Founder, Vuyisile Colossa.  What could possibly keep him from attending the first phase of his own event?  Well, The Cheetah is in Kuala Lumpur for the finals of "The Challenger" Muay Thai television show.  Even throughout the event, even though they must focus on their own performance, the fighters are checking for updates on how The Cheetah did!  Much love in the house.

Kicking it off is Jeff "Soul Child" Siegel taking on James "Mamba" Li.  Both come out boxing.  It's Soul Child who finds his timing first, and starts picking apart the Mamba's mojo.  But Mamba comes back and rights the situation with some nice stiff rights of his own.  Mamba's strong finish earns him the win.

In a heavyweight battle between Ben Hartwell and Nick Robinson, we have a very dominant game  from Ben, who rocked Nick few times and referee Shinji Ichinose called it a bout.

Next we have the first set of ladies back in the ring: Sharon "Sanguine" Law versus Eva "The Scorpion Queen" Rona.  This is a back and forth battle, as each fighter knows this is their last bout and they've got to leave everything they've got in the ring.  The Scorp is definitely drawing some blood with her stinging combinations, but Sanguine rallies at the end.  It's not quite enough, so the decision goes to the Scorpion Queen.

I asked the Scorpion Queen how she got her fight name, and she showed me a strategically placed tattoo.  I guess scorpions have got this queen's back.  Eva said she's been training in kickboxing for 6 years, but never straight-up boxed before.  She's here in City Fight Club because Vuyisile encouraged her to go for it.  The Scorpion Queen said she couldn't wait for the kickboxing phase to begin: "I want to kick the girl's head... I'm dying to!"  But first, she was on her way out to Saikung to be a supporter all night ong for the Trailwalker competition.  What a trooper!

City Fight Club: Round 1

Friday night was the first test for 18 white collar weekend warriors who signed up to participate in a four-month long quest to be a Mixed Martial Arts champion.  To a packed house at DEF Boxing Gym, each of them got their first taste of the promotion's slogan: "Any Time, Any Where, Any Style".  Well, almost any style, this night was only for boxing.  The promotion is set up to train the fighters for one month each in boxing, grappling, and Muay Thai.  At the end of each month of training, the fighters go head to head in a competition specific to that month's training.  In the fourth and final month, the champions will train all-out MMA for an epic conclusion to this first-of-its-kind athletic contest.

City Fight Club is the brainchild of notable Muay Thai and MMA fighter Vuyisile "The Cheetah" Colossa.  Emigrating to Hong Kong from South Africa with hopes of providing a better life for his family, The Cheetah quickly established himself as a fixture on the local scene.  Since moving to HK, he has brought attention to himself - and the city out of which he fights - by competing in some of the largest Muay Thai promotions in Asia: The Kings Cup in Thailand, Wulinfeng in China, and the currently airing The Challenger television show.

The Cheetah's fought and bested some of the biggest names in the sport, but not being content with success in just the stand-up aspect of combat, he catapulted himself into the realm of MMA in 2010.  He proved that cheetahs have a well-rounded game right away, with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss - that loss being to Eduard Folayang, an Asian Games sanda medalist and regarded across the Asian MMA scene as the best pound-for-pound fighter out of the Philippines.  The Cheetah dominated the final round which took the fight to a decision, though not in his favor.  His impressive performances got the attention of the newest and most ambitious promotion in Asia, and he landed a contract for successive fights with One FC.

But wait, enough about The Cheetah, let's focus on the fights that happened Friday night!

The first bout of the night was between the ladies: Andrea "Roc Fist" Fisher versus Sharon "Sanguine" Law.  These women put on one hell of an opener.  Roc Fist found her distance straight away, but Sanguine countered with some lethal body shots.  Roc Fist's accuracy got her the first win of the evening.

Friday Fight Facts #1




W - LOOKING FOR FIGHTERS: for a December 18 card, PRO Fighting MMA Taiwan is looking for 92kg-100kg fighters and opponents for Andy Wang and/or Mark Striegl. contact

W - ‎ LOOKING FOR FIGHTERS: December 17 card in Bangkok: 2-3 ppl 70 kg+ to fight Muay Thai Champion in MMA rules, 20,000 baht less 10% commission. Contact Niti Techottiasneetor2560 @

W - UFC in Japan update by MMA-Japan.comUFC JAPAN Main Event Set - Other Big Question Marks

W - the 12/16 DEEP fight card announcement includes Hiroshi Iron Nakamura vs Seiji Akao:  総合格闘技DEEP2001オフィシャルサイト提供、試合結果や大会トピック、選手情報などのニュースをお届けしています。

L - War in a Cage 2 postponed to January 29.Due to the Bangkok floods affecting them directly, via Muchzhima MMA:

W -  Tiger Muay Thai's Ray Elbe gets an appearance in the UFC magazine Australia edition. Tiger Muay Thai BJJ Black Belt Ray Elbe interviewed in current @UFC

W - Behind the scenes at Legend Fighting Championship 6 in Macau City of Dreams.

Legend FC 6: Behind the Scenes

Few moments more exemplify the saying "calm before the storm" than the moments leading up to an MMA event.  There's excitement in the air - to be sure - and a little tenseness felt between old rivalries and anxious newcomers.  However, to a casual onlooker the serene and almost lazy attitude of the competitors and coaches seems to be more akin to a yoga convention than an impending battle between nine pairs of warriors.

I arrived in Macau just before the weigh ins for Legend FC 6.  The City of Dreams complex is a meandering narrow corridor of a shopping arcade for luxury goods strung between the Hard Rock Hotel and the Grand Hyatt, with a few cavernous entrances looking to swallow you up into rooms full of slot machines and pai gow tables.  In Macau casinos, the crowds and bling can be disconcerting, but I've been here many times before so I'm on autopilot up to the Grand Hyatt ballroom.

I arrive in time to see them setting up for the weigh ins.  It isn't a fancy affair, just a big billboard and some black satin.  Where are all the reporters, I wonder.  Macau - even though it is dubbed the Las Vegas of Asia - has the distinction of being part of China and next to Hong Kong, yet separated from it, and the press don't like to make a trip here on two occasions for one event.  However, in this day of instant internet information, Zike from MMA Orient and myself are here to cover it, along with Legend FC's crack production team who manage to get an edited video out almost simultaneously.

Then I took a peek to see how the preparations were going in the ballroom.  There was a massive construction project going on!  It's amazing to see what goes into the construction of a ring, and the sheer number of people it takes to accomplish the job.  But at this point, not much was happening.  I imagined they'd be working well into the night on this one.

Joel Resnick, RUFF China MMA Pioneer

On August 27th, 2011, the Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation championed years of efforts inproducing a government-partnered Mixed Martial Arts fighting promotion in China with their first successful event, RUFF: Genesis. They secured fighters from notable teams and organizations such as UMAC, Xian Sports University, Brave FC and China Top Team and sponsorship from heavyweight brands Nike and Ducati. RUFF proclaimed it was the first “government sanctioned” MMA event in China.

Wanting to know more about this aggressive start-up, I spoke with Co-founder Joel Resnick about how this fledgling MMA promotion is impacting the sport in China. We also discuss the trials of launching such a promotion in China, RUFF’s goals, and the future of MMA in China.

LL: Firstof all, congratulations on concluding your inaugural MMA promotion. I understand you’ve been working on this project for almost three years.

JR: It’s actually been 4 years since we first came up with the idea for RUFF.

LL: Four years, there must have been some huge obstacles to overcome for it to take that long for RUFF: Genesis to finally be realized.

JR: Honestly, given that what we’re doing with MMA in China has never been done before, there have been, and there will continue to be obstacles along the way. We remain undeterred and are optimistic about the future of RUFF and MMA in China.

LL: Can you tell me specifically about the most recent delay? I remember when you held a press conference at the beginning of the year and expected a March show. This got the MMA community in Asia very eager for your promotion.

JR: In the case of the delay from March to August, we just needed the extra time to put on an MMA event that would live up to the high standards that we’ve set for RUFF, and ultimately, our patience, and the patience of Chinese MMA fans, was met with a first-rate event with some of the best fights I’ve seen.

LL: Given that so many people are interested in business in China right now, can you tell us why the process was so long and complicated?

JR: Any time you’re doing something for the first time, there are inevitably going to be surprises that arise out of nowhere, and what we are doing with RUFF is unprecedented; no one has ever started a nationally-affiliated MMA organization like RUFF, where we’re partnering with the government to eventually award the first-ever MMA National Championship Belts.

LL: China nationally-recognized MMA belts, that’s indeed a huge accomplishment! What is the main government organization you are working with to accomplish this?

JR: We have partnered with the Wushu Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport of China.

This Week's Fighter Interviews

Takeshi "Lion" Inoue, Shoot the Shooto - 11/5
 after head-kick-KOing Caol Uno at DREAM 17, Lion Takeshi talks about his strategy for SHOOT BOXING -SAMURAI SPIRITS- Shoot the Shooto this weekend:

LION gave successive comments with self-confidence in open practice!!The open practice of LION Takeshi, who would fight against Hiroki Shishido in “SHOOT the SHOOTO 2011” (6th Nov, City Hall of Tokyo Dome), was performed in Shooto Gym Tokyo in Tokyo Area on 1st Nov. ... 

Will TheKill Chope of Engage MMA Academy, URCC XX - 11/5
here's a good fan post interview by James Goyder on Will TheKill Chope as he prepares for this coming weekend's UNIVERSAL REALITY COMBAT CHAMPIONSHIP (URCC) XX:
Will Chope: the world's tallest bantamweight ready to do battle at URCC

Pete Brooks, URCC XX - 11/5
another interview on a UNIVERSAL REALITY COMBAT CHAMPIONSHIP (URCC)fighter: get the scoop on how Pete Brooks intends to be the Cruiserweight Champion, by Zike Sugawara of
URCC XX: Pete “The Professor” Brooks ready to be the URCC cruiserweight ChampionThree days to go before URCC XX and all fight fans are pumped up for the biggest MMA promotion in the Philippines happening on November 5th, 2011 at World Trade Center, Pasay City, Philippines.
Breaking News: Pete Brooks’ opponent pulled out from the fight, Frank Navarro steps in for SabianoPete Brooks' opponent, Mac Sabiano pulled out from their scheduled match up due to motorcycle accident. Pete Brooks confirmed the news to MMAOrient: I just got a text from Willy

Honorio 'Lion Heart' Banario of Team Lakay, URCC XX - 11/5
He's excited with the change of opponents (Sabah Fadai is out with an injury) and sees it as a challenge.

Interview With URCC Lightweight Champion Honorio Banario

Brian Choi of Evolve MMA, Road FC 5 - 12/3
Brian Choi talks about returning to Korea to fight in Road Fc.
Rising Korean Featherweight Brian Choi Talks One FC Network and Next Fight in Road FC |
Rising Korean prospect Brian Choi talks to about his next fight in Road FC and his new deal to fight under the One FC Network.

Vuyisilie Colossa, Road FC 5 - 12/3

Vuyisile “The Cheetah” Colossa
In 1998, aged 15, Vuyisile Colossa started participating in kickboxing, and this new and exciting sport brought out the champion in Vuyisile. He was awarded 3rd place in the Free State championshi...

Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang of Team Lakay, One FC
get to know a little more about Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang.

Featured Fighter of The Month: Eduard Folayang - The Fight
With his polite, understated demeanor and poster boy charm, one would not guess that Eduard Folayang is a man who fights for a living. Being labeled MMA’s answ…

Yang Seung Ho of Tiger Muay Thai, One FC
Ray Elbe just hipped us to this very in depth interview with Tommy Yang Seung Ho of Tiger Muay Thai, a young fighter with a record of 11-0 looking to increase his wins when he fights for ONE Fighting Championship in 2012.

Over the past several years, the Thailand-based training facility known as Tiger Muay T...