RUFF 9 ON 5/18: A High Octane Card Hungry for Vengeance

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RUFF 9 takes place at the MGM Grand at Sanya on Hainan Island, China this Saturday, May 18, 2013. Eleven fights are scheduled for broadcast across China and streamed live on internet portals.

Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation starts off the new season with a mixed bag of Chinese and foreign residents of China looking for a shot at the next championship. MMA-in-ASIA will have updates as they happen. Here’s a look at some of the matches on the card.

Shang ZhiFa lost his bid at the title eliminations, but after impressive and fast-paced performances, he gets a chance as the main event. He will rematch Amu RiJiRiGaLa, whom he choked out at RUFF 4 last summer. Both guys have lost to the Flyweight Champion, Zhang MeiXuan, but the increasing pressure of obtaining that belt showed what the burgeoning young Chinese fighters are capable of.  Shang’s striking will factor predominantly in this fight, but Amu has proven he can take punishment.  If Shang uses his excellent takedowns, it’s likely Amu will be very comfortable playing on the ground.

In the co-main event, Ning GuangYou, an original Art Of War staple and a very exciting fighter to watch, makes his debut in RUFF against Jiang ZhouWen. Ning “The Smasher” was considered a top prospect in the early days of MMA in China. He put on some incredibly active fights at AOW, decisioned a tough-fought loss against top Korean prospect KwonASol at Legend FC 3, but hasn’t been seen on the international stage since. Jiang, a strong stand up fighter who faced a weakness in his submission game came out and slapped a blistering triangle on Zhao Eridemutu his last time out, proving a huge notch up in his skill set. The word ‘cautious’ won’t come out of the commentator’s mouth during this one – southpaw Ning will lob some punches and maybe even a suplex or two.

RUFF adds a sprinkling of fighters from off the mainland as it brings in the crushingly super fit kick boxer Sylvain Nouwen from Hong Kong to face Sanda super king Jirirgala.  Sylvain looks like a monster and lives in the gym, boxing and kick boxing regularly.  This match will see two busses colliding in the cage.

Jeff Huang YuRen from Taiwan has a karate base, and recently he’s been training globally – in the US and Brazil.  He’s had one professional MMA fight, and used his striking to get a KO within the first minute of the first round.  His next opponent Mongolian Wang AiYing, won’t go down so quickly – he’s a young competitor extremely well-traveled in the international Muay Thai and Sanda circles.  His strong base holds up quite well to take down attempts, so this should play out to be a nasty striking war with limbs flying, and maybe a head or two.

Xinjiang’s tough as nails AyiDeng JuMaYi is a boxing specialist who drags out three rounds of back and forth beatings. Li ShuaiHu is from a Muay Thai background and has been mixing it up in local MMA promotions for two years.  While submissions don’t look to be in the works for this one, both of these young fighters see their future in MMA, so anything is possible.  A ground and pound win is the preference from both of these fighters.

Liu LianJie will tell anyone who listens that he is going to be the next big thing out of China, and now he gets the chance to prove if the last 9 months covering every aspect of MMA training 3 times a day will do it for him.   Liu PingYuan is a 19-year old representing the new generation of MMA in China – he’s a wrestler with groundskills and has been competing in MMA for 4 years, with submissions chalking up his win column.  Liu and Liu will face each other with hunger and drive which will be sure to make a quick finish, likely by someone going gently to sleep.

The bottom of the card should be equally as exciting with more of the little guys coming out to “dance like spiders on a hotplate”.  But to start the night off, it’s the big fellas.  Jonathan Paulson has a lot of raw power and a height and reach advantage , but he’ll take on another fierce brawler in Zhang Di and we’ll see who turns the lights out first.

RUFF 9
May 18, 2013
MGM Grand
Sanya, China

#11 – Flyweight
Amu RiJiRiGaLa vs. Shang Zhifa

#10 – Featherweight
Ning GuangYou vs. Jiang ZhouWen

#9 – Light Heavyweight
JiRiGaLa vs. Sylvain Nouwen

#8 – Welterweight
Huang YuRen vs. Wang AiYing

#7 – Featherweight
AyiDeng JuMaYi vs. Li ShuaiHu

#6 – Bantamweight
Liu LianJie vs. Liu PingYuan

#5 – Bantamweight
Zhao WuHeng vs. Song YaDong

#4 – Bantamweight
Xie Jie vs. Lv ZhenHong

#3 – Flyweight
Yao ZhiKui vs. Wang DaoYuan

#2 – Featherweight
Zou YuLei vs. Dong YanJun

#1 – Light Heavyweight
Jonathan Paulson vs. Zhang Di