The top fighters in China will do battle at Ruff 4 later this month with the prospect of a national championship and RMB 1,000,000 (approx 150,000 USD) awaiting the winners. Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation was only formed last year but has the backing of the Chinese government and has already hosted events in three different venues.
Ruff has a policy of exclusively using either Chinese fighters or foreigners who are based in China and in possession of a valid work permit and is the first professional event in the country to be government sanctioned. Ruff 4 is taking place on June 30th at the Inner Mongolia Indoor Stadium in Hohhot.
The main event sees feared Sanda striker Wang Guan, who is up there with Tiequan Zhang as the best featherweight in the country, take on BJJ specialist Sandro Silva, a Brazilian who lives and works in Macau.
Guan has never been beaten and has an exemplary 8-0-1 professional record with all his wins coming by way of stoppage due to strikes. He is a member of the team at the X'ian Sports Institute which is home to a high percentage of the top fighters in China and this promises to be a straight striker vs grappler match up with Silva being a BJJ black belt.
The co main event sees two BJJ black belts go head to head when Brazilian Rodrigo Caporal takes on Taiwanese American Andy Wang. Wang was last seen losing to Zorobabel Moreira at ONE FC but is a TUF veteran who has much more MMA experience although Caporal, who is based in Hong Kong, will feel he has the edge on the ground.
Jumabieke Tuerxun is the best bantamweight in China and after defeating Honggang Yao for the second time to claim the Legend FC 135 lbs belt he will be confident of winning the national championship at Ruff and the RMB 1,000,000 prize money that goes with it.
Jumabieke was believed to be on Bellator's radar recently and will be a strong favourite at Ruff 4 when he takes on Yadong Song, who doesn't have a pro record listed in the English language at present. The man who has come closest to beating Jumabieke will also be in action, Irshaad Sayed has gone the full three rounds with 'The Wild Wolf' twice and he has a rematch with Jumayi Ayideng on this card.
The first fight between the two at Ruff 2 was a classic with Sayed, a South African Muay Thai specialist who is based in Hong Kong, winning a split decision. In his most recent fight at Ruff 3 he found himself on the wrong end of a split decision loss against Jumabieke and neither fighter will want to leave this in the hands of the judges.
Among the other fighters on the card to look out for are two flyweights, Rijirigala Amu, from China Top Team, who is 4-0, and Yang Liang, from X'ian Sports Institute, who is 4-1-1. With the UFC introducing a 125 lbs division recently the opportunities for fighters in this weight class are arguably greater than in any other at present.
Wang Guan and Jumabieke Tuerxun are probably the two top fighters competing in China at present and at just 26 years old both have a bright future. We could well see them in the UFC one day but for the time being they will be fully focused on winning the RMB 1,000,000 and they can move a step closer claiming that prize by extending their unbeaten records at Ruff 4.
- Wang Guan vs Sandro Silva
- Andy Wang vs Rodrigo Caporal
- Jumayi Ayideng vs Irshaad Sayed
- Tuexan Jumabieke vs Yadins Song
- Lipeng Zhang vs Arthit Hanchana
- Yanjun Dong vs Chunbo Yuan
- Pingyuan Liu vs Linag Yang
- Zhifa Shang vs Rijirigala Amu
- Juncheng Weng vs Lianjie Liu
- Handong Kong vs Jixiang Li
- Eridemutu Zao vs Yier Ta