This week’s Friday Fight Facts focuses on the Asians who are representing worldwide from Bellator to PFL, M-1 to Aftershock.
Many events happening outside of Asia this weekend have a presence of Asian fighters in their events. Fu Kangkang will represent China on the M-1 Challenge card in Russia today, and Taiwanese transplant Khai Wu fights in Bellator’s epic heavyweight throwback card, and Jumabieke Tuerxun heads into the playoffs of PFL.
Fu Kangkang is in Russia for M-1 Challenge 97. He’s no stranger to the country, having already participated in M-1 Challenge 80 in 2017, and won the 70kg gold medal in the first MMA Combat World Youth Championships in St. Petersburg. Fu takes on Timur Dorondin, a fellow rookie out of Russia, who has a record of 3-1 with 2 wins by punches.
On tomorrow’s Aftershock 30 in Gladstone, Australia, Philippines-Australian Darwin Sangurit will fight Kairin Moses for the vacant bantamweight title. Sangurit is 10-3 with very good wins over Jai Bradney – in which he took the Nitro featherweight title – and top grappler Gustavo Falciroli. Sangurit also held the Brace bantamweight title. Eight of his ten wins are finishes by punches so there’s no mystery to what this man brings into the cage: violence.
At Bellator 206 on 29 September, Taiwanese-American Khai Wu gets a place on the most stacked Bellator card of all time. Wu is only 2-1 in his professional career, so this is a rookie who should be closely watched. He’s won twice in Taiwan’s RFC Way of the Dragon on the back of a good start in the amateur leagues. Wu’s background is in BJJ, having been mentored very early on by Guerilla Jiu Jitsu founder Dave Camarillo, who happens to be his brother-in-law.
Wu faces Isaiah Batin-Gonzales, 2-0 pro, 9-4-1 amateur. Bellator 206 will be headlined by the 185-pound title fight between Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald, and the co-main will be Rampage versus Wanderlei 4. Also on the main card are Douglas Lima versus Andrey Koreshkov and Aaron Pico versus Leandro Higo.
Also on Saturday, India gets a new promotion called Kumite 1 League. Undefeated Kantharaj Shankar Agasa, 9-0, will face Egypt’s Amer El Shanshory in the main event. Also appearing is UFC and ACB veteran Leandro “Buscape” Silva versus fellow Brazilian Paulo Bananada – ironically also former Team Nog teammates.
On 30 September, Jumabieke Tuerxun heads into the playoffs of PFL 2018 against Marcos Galvao. Bieke’s got two losses in the round robin tournament so far, so it’ not likely that he’s going to win any of the $1 million prize money. However, the former UFC, RUFF and Legend FC contender should put on a good scrap with the former Bellator champ.