Wang Sai crowned middleweight champion at REBEL FC 9

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Wang Sai returned to claim Rebel’s middleweight belt in Shanghai. Photo: Rebel FC.

China made a clean sweep of major honours at REBEL FC 9 in Shanghai over the weekend, with veteran Wan Sai taking middleweight honors in the main event.

In his second appearance for REBEL FC, Wang Sai snatched the middleweight title after a decisive win over Phil Baroni in the opening round of their headline bout.

After being shaken by a slam from Baroni, Wang quickly recovered and wrapped up “The New York Bad Ass” in the clinch and went to work. Wang landed several knee and elbow strikes before applying the coup de grace with a rear-naked choke.

Rising Chinese MMA prospect Wang Shuo improved his MMA record to 10-3 and claimed Rebel’s bantamweight title after defeating Shuhei Sakano. Their bout went the full five rounds, with both men trading hard punching and kicking combos.

MMA prospect Wang Shuo improved his MMA record to 10-3 and claimed Rebel’s bantamweight title.

At one point Sakano had Wang on the ground for long periods, but Wang managed to wriggle his way out of several submission attempts and claim the belt.

Wang’s victory also avenged his countryman, Ayideng Jumayi, who lost the bantamweight title to Sakano at REBEL FC 7 last year.

Further down the card and Asikerbai Jinensebieke swiftly dispatched Gazavat Suleymanov of Russia in the first minute with an armbar while Glenn Sparv delivered a punishing performance to force Konstantin Linnik tap to strikes in the opening round.

Official results: Rebel FC 9

Wang Sai def. Phil Baroni
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:10 sec of R1

Wang Shuo def. Shuhei Sakano
Unanimous decision

Glenn Sparv def. Konstantin Linnik
TKO at 1:30 sec of R1

Ali Magomedkhanov def. Yibugele
Unanimous decision

Anvar Amirli def. Reydon Romero
TKO at 4:46 sec of R1

Asikerbai Jinensebieke def. Gazavat Suleymanov
Submission (armbar) at 1 minute of R1

Abdulmutalip Gayirbekov def Michel Lima
Split decision

Daniel Jones def. Yu Lei
Unanimous decision

Anvar Alizhanov def. Jaypee Espinosa
TKO at 48 seconds of R1

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