All eyes might have been on UFC 148 last weekend but there were still some action in Asia. The first ever Ultimate Fight Alliance event took place in China while Malaysia's longest running MMA show, Ultimate Beatdown, moved to a more upmarket venue and got a complete makeover.
In the past this event has always taken place at the Ultimate MMA gym in Johor Bahru but Ultimate Beatdown 9 had new sponsors, a new cage and a more diverse fight card than ever featured before, all in the upmarket confines of the De'Bali Restaurant.
The main event saw debutant Long Van Nguyen from Vietnam go up against the more experienced Brazilian Alexandro 'Leke' Machado. Leke has a BJJ black belt and came into this fight with a 3-1 record, by all accounts Van Nguyen put in a very impressive performance in his first ever fight but after surviving multiple submission attempts he was eventually caught in a Kimura.
The co-main event was a grudge match between unbeaten Frenchman Luc Rousseau and Isamu Himura from the US (see pic above). Both had been team mates at Muayfit but Himura had a falling out with the camp and moved to Phuket Top Team so there was plenty of trash talking in the build up.
Rousseau came into the fight with a perfect professional record of 4-0 while Himura was 3-5 and although the American had his moments it was the Frenchman who prevailed, battering his opponent with ground and pound which caused the referee to call off the contest in round three.
UFA 1 took place at the X'ian Sports Institute which is home to hundreds of fighters and a significant percentage of the mixed martial artists in China. Teams from all over the country travelled to take part on the nine fight card with RUFF veteran Liang Yang taking on Sheng Er in the main event (see pic below).
Liang consolidated his status as one of the top flyweights in China with a decision win which improved his record to 6-2-1, although this fight took place at a 60 kg catchweight. Middleweight Qing Ge Le's only career loss was to Vaughn Anderson, who is now the full time MMA coach at X'ian, and he won his second successive fight to improve to 2-1 by beating Ai Ri Si Len by tapout due to strikes.
The full results of both Ultimate Beatdown 9 and UFA 1 are below...
Lim Zhee Xian defeated Nazrim Bull via submission (arm bar) at 4.20 of round one
Jia Er Keng defeats Bao Yin Na via Ref stoppage during G&P R2, 3:30.
Zhao Ya Fei defeats Ge Bao Da via decision
Han Jian Guo defeats Cai Dong Yang after 2nd round by unanimous decision
Bai Er Er Dun Cang defeats Chen Yi Biao by Referee stoppage - TKO 3.08
Yuan Peng Fei defeats Yu Yi Jiang via KO in first round 3.40
Ha Si Ti Er defeats Guo Wen Shuo by unanimous decision.
Qing Ge Le defeats Ai Ri Si Len by tapout (Ground and pound)
Yang Liang defeats Sheng Er by unanimous decision