Whenever I can I like to look beyond just boxing , mma , k1 , and grappling tournaments to find some smaller fight scenes of different orientation or make up. Quite often I want to watch olympic judo or TKD , while other times I search shaolin philosophy and rare mostly ignored forms of martial arts. Despite some of the things you can read on mania on a day to day basis it's clear many of us know quite a bit about martial arts. This knowledge could be broad and encompass many different forms and styles or quite precise by understanding all there is to know about a single form or a handful of them. Regardless of preference or opinion on the different relevant forms , we all can agree that the more 'mixed' MMA becomes the better.
Over the weekend I was looking through different styles in Malaysia and Mongolia as well as island nations around the world. It was quite a bit of reading and watching because of the segments of styles , in all different forms from nation to nation , but well worth the time. Soon enough I came across a kung fu kickboxer who's background is in sanda. His name is Liu Hailong and he's an extremely devastating chinese martial artist with impeccable timing and footwork. Liu exploded onto the scene starting in 2000 and tore through different tournaments and types of fighters all the way through 2003. Liu has won the sanda ' king of kings' title , 'super king of sanda' , and IKF world sanshou championships. Liu is amazing to watch and the reason I wanted to get his name out is so we can take a closer look at sanda , sanshou , and other various fighting styles and contests.
relative to the UFC there was supposed to be a fight between Liu and Cung Le that never came to fruition. Either way both are incredible testaments to solid stand up without being a boxer or muay thai specialist too typical in MMA.
Here are some videos of him and make sure to look into some different sanda and sanshou fights. They have a lot to offer any martial artist and or fan.