Liu Hailong

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Liu Hailong
Born Liu Hailong
(1981-05-30) May 30, 1981 (age 33)
Shandong, China
Other names Liu Tui Pi Gua, King of Sanda
Nationality China Chinese
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)
Style Sanshou
Kickboxing record
Total 56
Wins 52
By knockout 12
Losses 4
Liu Hailong
Medal record
Competitor for  China
Wushu Sanda
World Championships
Gold 2003 Macao 80 kg
World Cup
Gold Guangzhou 2004 80 kg
Gold Shanghai 2002 80 kg

Liu Hailong (Chinese: 柳海龙, pinyin: Liǔ Hǎilóng, born May 30, 1981 in Shandong Province) is a Chinese Sanshou kickboxer. Liu's rise to fame came in 2000 in the inaugural King of Sanda tournament. Liu not only won his weight class, but went on to win a grueling one-night open weight round robin tournament against much bigger fighters as well, giving him the title Sanda "King of Kings". Exciting and charismatic, Liu is almost certainly China's most recognized combat athlete.

In 2003, Liu faced a fellow King of Sanda in Yuan Yubao in the promotion's first "superfight", defeating him soundly by decision to earn the title of "Super King of Sanda".

At the Sanshou World Championships in Macau, Liu faced Muslim Salihov in amateur rules competition and beat him on points to win the 80 kg division gold medal. Salihov is a highly accomplished Russian Sanshou fighter who would later become a King of Sanda himself. Some fight observers believe Salihov won the closely contested match.[1][2]

In December 2003, Liu scored a unanimous decision over Eduardo Fujihara to claim the IKF Sanshou World Championship. Other Chinese fighters who participated in that event include Bao Li Gao.

At the World Sanda Kings tournament in 2003 there was a challenge issued by well-known American Sanshou fighter Cung Le to Liu Hailong for a ``superfight`` to decide who was the best in the world. However the highly anticipated matchup never materialized between the two sides.

After an injury in 2005, Liu retired from the sport. In 2009, he made a comeback facing and KOing Japanese fighter Iga Koji.[3]

Championships and awards[edit]

  • Chinese Sanda King Tournament
    • 2003 Chinese Sanda King of Super Championship
    • 2003 Chinese Sanda King Championship
    • 2002 Chinese Sanda King of Super Championship
    • 2000 Chinese Sanda King Championship
  • IKF Sanshou World Championships
    • IKF Sanshou World Championships -80 kg Championship
  • Sanda World Cup
    • 2004 Sanda World Cup Gold Medalist Gold
    • 2002 Sanda World Cup Gold Medalist Gold
  • Chinese Sanda Championships
    • 2004 Chinese Sanda Championships -80 kg Championship
    • 2003 Chinese Sanda Champion Championships -80 kg Championship
    • 2002 Chinese Sanda Championships -80 kg Championship
    • 2001 The 9th National Games Sanda -75 kg Championship
    • 2000 Chinese Sanda Championships -75 kg Championship
    • 2000 Chinese Sanda Group Championships 75-80 kg Championship

Filmography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Kungfu goes international". China Daily. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  2. ^ "I.W.F. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS". Kung Fu magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Liu Hailong". Sohu Sports. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 

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