Liu Lian Jie vs. Yuan Chunbo to headline Legend 13 at MGM Theater

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Legend 13 is set for MGM Theater.

Legend FC has announced the main event of its return to Macau on Saturday, 14 September.

Knockout artist Liu Lian Jie returns to meet China’s top submission specialist Yuan Chunbo in a classic striker vs grappler match-up.

The two competitors were originally due to clash in 2016, but an injured Yuan was forced to withdraw from the highly anticipated bout. They are now set to do battle inside the MGM Theater on 14 September.

Hailing from Southeast China and living in Beijing, Liu is a veteran of Chinese MMA. Trained in the famed Shaolin Temple, Liu has established himself as a knockout artist with fast hands and a solid wrestling pedigree.

He comes to Legend 13 riding a three-fight win streak, his most recent being a split-decision win over Du Li Le at Legend 12.

Yuan defeated rising star Yi Zha at Legend 12 with an impressive heel hook submission that had Yi limping out of the cage before the second round.

“This fight has been three years in the making and we couldn’t be more excited for it to headline our debut at the MGM Theater,” said Audie Attar, President of Paradigm Sports Management and a member of the Legend FC board.

Tournament returns

Legend FC has also a four-man 80kg Sanda tournament will take place at Legend 13.

The tournament semi-finals will follow modified Legend FC Sanda rules. Winners will meet in the finals where the rules will change to MMA, allowing athletes to pursue attacks on a grounded opponent.

Some of China’s biggest MMA stars including Li Jingliang and Wang Guan started their combat sports journey with Sanda.

“Making this Sanda tournament a central part of Legend 13 shows just how committed we are to bringing Sanda to a global stage,” Attar added.

Additional details about the Legend 13 card will be announced shortly.

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