RUFF 13: “RUFF Fu” on June 7 in Shanghai, bantamweight contenders Song and Zhao square off

RUFF 13 "RUFF Fu" poster
RUFF 13 “RUFF Fu” poster

RUFF has announced its next event to be RUFF Fu on June 7, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Young staples Song Yadong and Zhao Yafei earn top billing on a card stacked with Chinese and Russian talent.

Song YaDong and Zhao YaFei have booth been featured on the last three RUFF cards, Song with a three-fight win streak and Zhao with two. There will be a lot at stake for both fighters: not only are they the main event, but this bout is looked at as a contender eliminator for the Bantamweight belt, vacated by Irshaad Sayed. Every bout these very young prospects have put on were barn-burners, so a match between them should be fireworks.

As the co-main event, superstar Wang Guan is back to face yet another tough opponent: Aliyar Sarkerov fresh from M-1. Wang Guan had an uncharacteristically poor performance against his first Russian opponent Aliyar Sarkerov at RUFF 11, in which both undefeated fighters were looked at as the next big thing from Asia. He came back against Jerson Estoro in quick KO fashion, but Sarkerov should be a much stiffer challenge.

RUFF has been bringing in lots of bear wrestlers from the north in the form of Sambo champs from Russia, such as Shamil Magomedov and Marko Kosev who will face off at flyweight. It’s a game move from the China-based promotion to show that a bout absent of Chinese can and will be featured in their events. Whereas Chinese ground skills are still developing, the RUFF audience will get a treat from the lovely leg locks and other submission sundries that these sambo practitioners can bring.

Kosev, the most recent signee, was announced by his management Duello Group to have the following super-mega-uber sambo credentials:

“He is 4 time World Combat Sambo Championships (2009 Greece, 2010 Uzbekistan, 2011 Lithuania, 2013 Russia), vice European Combat Sambo Champion in 2007 and 2011, 3th place World Combat Sambo Championship in 2007 and 2008, in 2013 he was first place in World Combat Sambo Cup in Kazakhstan and Judo Black Belt Champion in Bulgaria. In his Sambo Career, he notably defeated two-time World combat Sambo Champion and mixed martial arts UFC fighter Ali Bagautinov in the finals of the 2010 World Sambo Championships on November 8, 2010 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.”

Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation
June 7, 2014
Hongkou Indoor Stadium
Shanghai, China

Main Card
Song Yadong vs. Zhao Yafei 61kg
Aliyar Sarkerov vs. Wang Guan 66kg
Lv Zhenhong vs. He Jianwei 61kg
Shang Zhifa vs. Zhang Meixuan 57kg
Kuat Khamitov vs. Zhu Qingxiang 70kg
Alateng Heili vs. Baasankhuu Damlanpurev 61kg

Preliminary Card
Chen Hongang vs. He Nannan 66kg
Shamil Magomedov vs. Marko Kosev 57kg
Wulijiburen vs. Yuan Chunbo 66kg
Rasul Khairulaev vs. Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu 70kg
Ereneo Galingez JR vs Otgontulga Rentsen 57kg
Yang Jianbing vs Hexi Getu 57kg

Press Release

Following a spectacular night of fights at Ruff 12, Ruff is looking to make its next event, Ruff Fu (12+1), its most exciting event to date. The card will showcase exhilarating standoffs between some of RUFF’s most seasoned veterans and new fighters seeking to shine in the Ruff cage.

The main event for RUFF Fu will showcase two of the best up and coming fighters in Asia, Song Yadong (3-0-0-1) and Zhao Yafei (4-3). Song Yadong, though new to the sport, is undefeated and has proven himself victorious against experienced and challenging competitors. His opponent, Zhao yafei, has similarly faced top competitors since the start of his career. Yafei improves his game with each fight, as evidenced by his 2-fight win streak, both of which were finishes. The winners of this fight could see themselves in a fight for the vacant Bantamweight championship.

The co-main event will feature the 2013 featherweight superfight champion, Wang Guan (13-1-1), who has only lost once in his career and is coming off of a first round knockout victory at Ruff 12. He will face the sanda and Sambo fighter Aliyar Sarkerov (6-3). Sarkerov has an impressive fight record, achieving such titles as All Russian Pankration champion, European Pankration champion, and 3-time world Sanda champion. He is no doubt a fitting match for Sanda champion Wang Guan.

As the potential for title fights draws near, fighters are anxious to prove their abilities at Ruff Fu. Rounding out the main card will be four fights that will be sure to show what RUFF fighters have to offer. After a tough 3 round loss to Azamat Gashimov top ranked Bantomweight Lv Zhenhong (7-3) will look to get back to his winning ways against tough RUFF newcomer He Jianwei (8-2). In addition, 2013 Flyweight Super Fight champion Zhang Meixuan (13-2-1) will be returning to the cage for a rematch against his RUFF 7 opponent Shang Zhifa (4-5). The last time these two fighters stepped into the cage with each other, millions of fan saw them go to war in a Fight of the Night. The main card will also feature a lightweight battle between Kazakhstan native Kuat Khamitov (7-3) and China’s own Zhu Qingxiang (8-2). The main card will open with an exciting fight at 61kg that will pit the young and hungry Alateng Heili (4-1) against an experienced fighter looking to forget his last loss, Damlanpurev Baasaankhuu (7-1).

The undercard will play host to a variety of new and young talent looking to work their way up the Ruff ranks. K-1 club’s Chen Hongang will go up against hard-hitting He Nannan. Sambo champions Shamil Magomedov and Marko Kosev will face off to prove their skill set in MMA. After an impressive victory at Ruff 12, athletic Wulijiburen will try to make it two in a row against high-level grappler Yuan Chunbo. Power puncher Rasul Khairulaev will fight Mongolian grappler Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu. Muaythai veteran Ereneo Galingez JR. will square off against hard-hitting boxer Otgontulga Rentsen. To open up the night, young and durable Yang Jianbing will face the tenacious HexiGetu.

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