The UFC announced today on its Chinese web portal that it has signed the undefeated Xinjiang native Jumabieke Tuerxun to the roster. He is the only second Chinese MMA fighter to join the promotion after Zhang TieQuan.

“Bieke” as he’s known most commonly trains out of the Xi’an Sports University alongside Wang Guan, Zhang Meixuan, a hundreds of nationally ranked sanda fighters, and under coach Vaughn Anderson. The Lightweight fighter’s meteoric rise on the China MMA stage caught the attention of an international audience starting with his original match with long time rival Irshaad Sayed in the moderately known TFC, on which a few foreign fighters are showcased. He followed up the win with five back-to-back victories throughout the rest of 2011 in TFC and RUFF, then wrestled Legend FC‘s Bantamweight Championship belt from China Top Team‘s Yao HongGang which he vacated for the chance at a China National Championship in RUFF. When Bieke pulled out of the final fight against long time rival for that championship, murmurings about his future and a possible signing with the UFC began to strengthen. He is undefeated in 14 fights in a career spanning just four years. At 25 years old, Tuerxun is ripe for the opportunity on the international stage.

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UFC加快进军中国的脚步 签约第二名中国选手

UFC中国讯 北京时间3月29日消息,出生在新疆的哈萨克族选手“天山雪豹”居马别克,3月28日正式签约终极格斗冠军赛(UFC),成为第二名UFC签约的中国选手。在三年前签下张铁泉之后,此次签下第二位选手,也标志着UFC正在进一步加快进军中国的脚步。



一年前居马别克在接受国内某杂志专访时,就表达了他想要加入UFC的愿望,相信这也是所有顶尖MMA选手的愿望。同处于雏量级的居马别克,在UFC另外一名中国选手张铁泉转战国外之后,年轻的他便一直统治着国内的该级别MMA赛事。现今25岁的居马别克,在MMA的世界里还只是刚刚起步,而此次加入UFC,标志着他正式踏上了国际最顶尖的舞台,而之后他也将用自己的实力,在八角笼里面证明自己国际一线MMA选手的实力。(UFC 张燕雯)