The UFC is coming to Macau in November and two shows have just been announced in the greater China area, making it a busy few months for Chinese MMA. The Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (RUFF) will return to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia on Saturday, September 8th for RUFF 5, while Legend FC is returning to its roots to put on card number 10 in Hong Kong,
Set for Inner Mongolia Indoor Stadium, RUFF 5 will be headlined by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Rodrigo Caporal and top prospect Wu HaoTian, who will go head-to-head in an anticipated lightweight battle. A veteran wrestler and Sanda practitioner, Wu is currently the top-ranked 70 kg fighter in China and his record stands at 10-2 while Caporal, a Brazilian, is 6-4.
Also on the card will be China's top bantamweight, 12-0 Jumabieke Tuerxun, who like Wu recently left Legend FC in order to sign an exclusive contract with RUFF. He will be up against 4-1-1 Jiang Long Yung, a 44 year old veteran who was last seen winning at ONE FC.
The Legend FC card is set to feature no fewer than three title fights with 13-5 Korean Bae Myung Ho defending his welterweight strap against 5-3-1 Sanda striker Wang Sai, 12-3-1 Yusuke Kawanago taking on 10-4 Rob Lisita for the featherweight strap and 7-5 Wenbo Liu taking on 7-3 Haejun Yung for the middleweight belt.
The featherweight final was supposed to be contested between Fransino Tirta and Mark Striegl but the Indonesian has not fought for an entire year and is still recovering from appendicitis while the Fil Am fighter, who beat Kawanago in the semi final, has since left the promotion. Interestingly Haejun Yung lost to Legend FC commentator Vaughn Anderson in his last fight.
Also on the card, which if recent Legend events are anything to go by is likely to contain a strong Australasian presence, is a matchup between two unbeaten New Zealanders as light heavyweights Brandon Ropatiin, 6-0, and Chris Lokteff, 7-0, go head to head.
Both Legend FC and RUFF have very specific criteria for fighter entry. RUFF, which holds events all over mainland China, will only use fighters who are either of Chinese nationality or living in the Greater China region and in possession of a valid work permit. Legend FC, which holds events in Hong Kong and Macau, is only open to fighters of Asian and Australasian nationality.