Wang Sai calles out Kiichi Kunimoto for a UFC grudge match



UFC fighters Kiichi Kunimoto and Wang Sai
UFC fighters Kiichi Kunimoto and Wang Sai

“The Ultimate Fighter: China” runner-up Wang Sai recently expressed strong interest on his Weibo account to fight Japanese UFC fighter Kiichi Kunimoto.

This would be a match that should have happened two years ago. Wang and Kunimoto were supposed to meet on July 26, 2012 at a co-promoted event between China’s AWA and Japan’s HEAT hosted in Shandong, China. The fight was later canceled, but not without a bit of controversy over what actually happened.

In Japanese media and official records, the fight resulted in a win for Kunimoto. Wang Sai did not make weight on the first try, and got disqualified due to what was seen as uncooperative behavior to reach the contracted competition weight. The media described it as a serious breach of contract.

However, in Chinese media, the issue happened to be an operational mistake from the event organizer. Wang Sai didn’t pass on the first go round, but did on the second. However, it was in the absence of the Japanese fighter’s management team. Kunimoto’s team protested by refusing to fight.

Seeing this as an unfinished business and something that he needs redemption for, Wang Sai recently made a shout out on his Weibo account about wanting this fight to happen, and happen in the UFC, where the two are now signed. He tagged Dana White’s official Weibo account to catch the UFC President’s awareness.

Interestingly, the UFC President made the following reply on his own Weibo account:

“I love it Wang Sai, lets do this!!!!!!!”

Wang Sai’s current MMA record is 7-5-1, with his latest win being over Danny Mitchell by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Bisping vs. Le in August of 2014. Kunimoto just got a three fight winning streak broken in February by losing via submission to Neil Magny.