Rebel FC 4: Welterweight Tourney Quarterfinals, George Hickman vs Kleber Koike Erbst

Rebel FC 4
Rebel FC 4

Rebel Fighting Championship 4 will go down this Saturday June 25th, 2016 at the Qingdao Sports Center in Qingdao, Shandong, China. This event will feature a battle in the featherweight division between highly-touted fighters Kleber Koike Erbst and George Hickman and some of the hungriest 170ers will compete to move up the brackets in a welterweight tournament.

After cancelling all the bouts for the original Rebel FC 4: Battle Royale Ascension back in October of 2015, Rebel Fighting Championship will have a second go-around with the event with many changes to the welterweight tournament.

The tournament quarter-finals will have an array of talent from all over the world represented.

First, New Zealand’s Luke “The Jedi” Jumeau will face Ukrainian Askar “Jaguar” Mozharov. While Jumeau, the Phuket Top Team representative, is coming into the fight riding a 4-fight winning streak all via finish, “Jaguar” got submitted a few weeks back at Full Metal Dojo 11 in a catchweight affair where it was clear that he was the undersized fighter. Since Mozharov, a Ukrainian Kickboxing Champion, will be fighting at his normal weight class and both like to strike, this will definitely turn out to be a barnburner.

In the next slot is China’s Song Ke Nan versus Australian Gerhard Voigt. Song, a China Top Team product, started off his career using his submission skills to finish most of his fights but as of late he has turned into a knockout artist with five finishes in a row. Voigt, on the other hand, will try to get back in the win column after dropping his last two. Both these warriors are not scared to go for broke with only three of their combined 25 bouts going to the judges. All of these components are a recipe for a rock’em sock’em style matchup with a possibility of a submission at anytime.

Then, there is the matchup between Chinese Lang Ting Gui and Japan’s Maruyama Kazuma. Lang is making his professional debut and the 23 year old Maruyama, a bonesetter by day, will be doing his best to snap a two-fight skid. It is clear that this is the dark horse fight of the night since many do not know much about these two competitors.

The last bout in the tournament will pit experienced American David “Hollywood” Hulett against Japan’s Suzuki “Japan” Yuki. Suzuki is a grinder basing his style from Greco-Roman and Shoot wrestling and will be trying to extend his winning streak to three in a row. On the other side of the cage is Hulett, a former King of the Cage and Strikeforce fighter, is more well-rounded with just as many KO finishes as submissions.

Even though there will be a lot of action going on because of the welterweight tournament, one matchup outshines them all. When Kleber Koike Erbst steps into the cage against George Hickman fireworks are a guarantee.

Kleber Kioke Erbst (left) and Geroge Hickman (right)
Kleber Kioke Erbst (left) and Geroge Hickman (right)

Kleber Koike Erbst, one of the best featherweights coming out of Japan, has racked up recent wins by finishing the likes of former PXC featherweight champion Yusuke Yachi at Pancrase 277 and former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres at Rebel FC 3 in the featherweight tournament finals. He is the definition of a ground specialist with 16 of his wins via submission.

Stepping in the cage opposite to Erbst is George Hickman, a Tiger Muay Thai mainstay and Bellator veteran. He is a combatant that can go up and down from lightweight to featherweight with ease and is able to take the fight to any place in the cage and succeed. The biggest win to date for the American was against the tough and rugged Wu Haotian at Kunlun Fight 6.

The dynamic of Erbst’s finishing prowess and Hickman’s solid all-around game is a clash of two worlds that should intrigue any fan of mixed martial arts.

Listed below is the main card.

Rebel FC 4: Battle Royale Ascension
June 25th, 2016
Qingdao Sports Center
Qingdao, Shandong, China

Featherweight Match
Kleber Koike Erbst (19-4-1) vs George Hickman (8-2)

Featherweight Match
Giovanni Molji (7-15) vs Rodolfo Marques Diniz (20-7-1)

Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals

Luke Jumeau (9-3) vs Askar Mozharov (4-3)

Song Ke Nan (11-2) vs Gerhard Voigt (6-6)

Lang Ting Gui (0-0) vs Maruyama Kazuma (4-4)

David Hulett (21-10) vs Suzuki Yuki (5-2-1)