Chinese fighters on the rise in ONE Championship

Chinese fighters on the rise in ONE Championship
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Wu Ze first captured the fans' attention at Tianhe Sports Complex when he attempted a front flip kick on his opponent Wu Hui Qiang during the semi-finals of the Guangzhou Flyweight Tournament.

The 20-year-old Shenyang mixed martial artist won that fight via rear naked choke at 4:42 minutes into the second round.

This was one of 11 action-packed matches that went down at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS in Guangzhou on Saturday night.

Fighting the finals later in the same night, Wu put up an explosive performance against Yang Jian Bing to narrowly convince the judges of a split decision in his favour to take the win.

The four-man Guangzhou Featherweight Tournament was also part of the card, where Huang Di Yuan first defeated Tian Jian She after verbal submission from the latter at the end of the first round before beating Ma Jia Wen by unanimous decision in the final.

Sending the crowd wild was the main event between Russian Timofey Nastyukhin and Yusuke Kawanago from Japan.

Nastyukhin, 25, extended his winning streak of consecutive first-round wins to nine when he knocked Kawanago out with a flurry of strikes until referee stoppage at 1:32 minutes of Round One.

Other winners that night include Evolve MMA's Marcos Santana and Zorobabel Moreira, both winning in the first round.

ONE Championship is the first international organisation to host a global MMA event in mainland China last December in Beijing.

Continuing to make inroads into the mainland and expand the Chinese MMA market, Guangzhou is their second stop with plans to move into other cities in China.

Next on the calendar is ONE: KINGDOM OF WARRIORS on 18 July, held for the first time in Yangon, Myanmar.


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