There is breaking news from RUFF in China, just ahead of its third event in Chongqing on 24 March.
RUFF plans to promote five to seven shows throughout the rest of 2012, starting with a major event in the beginning of 2013 where a massive seven championship titles will be on the line.
Each champion will receive 1 million RMB. The winners will be named as “China National Champions”.
While RUFF has a roster featuring some of the best athletes in MMA right now, including recently crowned Legend FC Bantamweight Jumabieke Tuerxun, Ji Xian, Lipeng Zhang and Wang Guan, it also has ushered in some high-level MMA fighters not of Chinese descent but currently living in China, notably Rodrigo Caporal and Irshaad Sayed.
Whether non-Chinese will be allowed to become a “China National Champion” as sanctioned by the Wushu Administrative Center remains to be declared by the promotion.
RUFF has upped its production level by signing on Mandt Brothers for the creative development of league events, live events and production thereof, and possible reality shows, all serving to raise the awareness and popularity of MMA in China. They have become the first MMA promotion sanctioned by the Chinese government, and the issuance of nationally-recognized titles will be a testament to their efforts.