|Jiang Hua (Founder)|
Kunlun Fight (KLF) (Chinese: 昆仑决; pinyin: Kūnlún Jué), is a kickboxing promotion headquartered in Beijing, China. It debuted in 2014 and is regarded as one of the top kickboxing promotions in the world. Events are broadcast on Jiangsu Television domestically and on various regional and international channels.
- 1 History
- 2 Kunlun Fight Events
- 3 Broadcast coverage
- 4 Rules
- 5 Weight classes
- 6 Champions
- 6.1 Kickboxing champions
- 6.2 Muaythai champions
- 6.3 MMA champions
- 7 Notable fighters
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The first event in Pattaya, Thailand on January 25, 2014 included super fights and a 4-man kickboxing tournament with Andrei Kulebin, Petsanguan Luktupfah, Guo Dongwang and Umar Semata. After the inaugural event the promotion has held events in Thailand two more times.
Signing Buakaw Banchamek
On June 7, 2015 it was announced that Kunlun Fight had signed one of the most successful and famous 70 kg kickboxers in history, 2 time K-1 World Max Champion Buakaw Banchamek to an exclusive 6-fight contract. Buakaw has continued fighting in the promotion beyond the original 6-fight contract.
One of the staples of Kunlun Fight is their yearly held 70 kg tournament. In 2014 the 16-man tournament was won by Dzianis Zuev who defeated Victor Nagbe in the final. In 2015 the tournament was expanded to 64-man and Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong emerged as the champion from an impressive field of fighters including multiple K-1 Champions and other highly ranked fighters such as: Marat Grigorian, Enriko Gogokhia, Enriko Kehl, Davit Kiria, Murthel Groenhart, Andy Souwer, Yodsanklai Fairtex, Dzhabar Askerov, Superbon Banchamek, Amancio Paraschiv, Chingiz Allazov, Aikpracha Meenayothin and the 2014 tournament winner Dzianis Zuev. The 2016 tournament was won by Superbon Banchamek, who also beat the winner of the previous tournament Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in the Final 8 match. 2017 tournament champion was Marat Grigorian who beat Superbon Banchamek in the tournament final.
In March 2016, Kunlun Fight finished series B financing from Morningside Ventures, IDG Capital Partners and Northern Light Venture Capital. The round of financing valued the company at over 350 million USD, making Kunlun Fight the most valuable combat sports company in China. Prior to B+ round of financing in Q1 2017 the company was reportedly valued at over 500 million USD.
Kunlun Combat League
On September 22, 2018, Kunlun Fight launched a new line of 2nd tier events called Kunlun Combat League. The league has 16 teams and fights are fought in 6 different weight classes. The events are held at a venue in Tongling. 71 KCL events were held during the first qualification phase between September 22 and December 31, 2018. The league is scheduled to continue on March 2, 2019.
Kunlun Fight Events
Some current broadcasters include Jiangsu Television in China, Fox Sports Asia and Kix in various Asian countries, RMC Sport 4, Fight Network and FightBox in multiple countries internationally. Some past broadcasters include Workpoint TV in Thailand, HKSTV in Hong Kong and Taiwan (2016), Anhui Television in China (2017) and Eurosport. Kunlun Fight MMA was broadcast monthly in China on CCTV-5 in 2017.
◾Kickboxing rules: no clinch for survival, active clinch with knees, no throws, no elbows, a yellow card forfeits 25% of the fight purse and earns a 1-point deduction, a red card is a disqualification.
◾Muay thai rules: knees are allowed to the body, legs and the head, throws and clinch are allowed, elbows are allowed to the body, legs and head, a yellow card forfeits 25% of the fight purse and earns a 1-point deduction, a red card is a disqualification.
|Kickboxing Weight Classes||Kilograms(kg)||Pounds(lbs)||MMA Weight Classes||Kilograms(kg)||Pounds(lbs)|
|Super Heavyweight||Unlimited||Unlimited||Super Heavyweight||Unlimited||Unlimited|
One night tournament champions
|Weight Class||Champion||Runner-up||Event||Date||Tournament Bracket|
|4-Man 67 kg tournament||Petsangnuan Luktupfah||Andrei Kulebin||Kunlun Fight 1||January 25, 2014||67 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 80 kg tournament||Simon Marcus||Vehas Topking||Kunlun Fight 2||February 16, 2014||80kg tournament bracket|
|Female 52 kg tournament||Jemyma Betrian||E Meidie||Kunlun Fight 3||March 30, 2014||Female 52 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 95 kg tournament||Massinissa Hamaili||Ivan Bartek||Kunlun Fight 4||April 27, 2014||95 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 70 kg tournament||Victor Nagbe||Li Zikai||Kunlun Fight 5||June 1, 2014||70 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 100 kg tournament||Andrei Gerasimchuk||Dmitry Bezus||Kunlun Fight 6||June 29, 2014||100 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 75 kg tournament||Xu Zhenguang||Kiryl Chanka||Kunlun Fight 8||August 24, 2014||75 kg tournament bracket|
|Female 60 kg tournament||Valentina Shevchenko||Irina Mazepa||Kunlun Fight 9||August 31, 2014||Female 60 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 95 kg tournament||Andrei Gerasimchuk||Wang Chongyang||Kunlun Fight 10||September 13, 2014||95 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 65 kg tournament||Yang Zhuo||Phosa Nopphorn||Kunlun Fight 12||October 26, 2014||60 kg tournament bracket|
|4-Man 75 kg tournament||Nuerla||Wang Yuhu||Kunlun Fight 34||November 21, 2015||75 kg tournament bracket|
|8-Man 61.5 kg tournament||Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang||Wang Wenfeng||Kunlun Fight 66||November 05, 2017|
Women's lightweight champions
-60 kg (-132.3 lb)
|Current|| Wang Cong
def. Valentina Shevchenko
|Kunlun Fight 33
|October 31, 2015|
|1|| Valentina Shevchenko
def. Irina Mazepa
|Kunlun Fight 9
|August 31, 2014||1. def. Chali Bassinah at Kunlun Fight 11 on October 5, 2014|
-70 kg (-154.3 lb)
|Current|| Buakaw Banchamek
def. Dylan Salvador
|Kunlun Fight 53
|September 24, 2016|
84 kg (185 lbs); division was formerly 79 kg (175 lbs) until 2017
|Current|| Wang Sai
def. Sergey Proskuryakov
|Kunlun Fight 36
|January 9, 2016||1. def. Horiuchi Yasuhiro at Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 6 on October 21, 2016|
77 kg (170 lbs); division was formerly 75 kg (165 lbs) until 2017
|Current|| Zhang Lipeng
def. Beibit Nazarov
|Kunlun Fight 37
|January 23, 2016||1. def. Takashi Noto at Kunlun Fight 43 on April 26, 2016|
|1|| Beibit Nazarov
def. Bruno Amorim
|Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 2
|April 4, 2015||1. def. Wu Haotian at Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 3 on June 7, 2015|
2. def. Massimo Capusella at Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 4 on October 4, 2015
|Current|| Oscar Suarez Fleitas
def. Zhang Meixuan
|Kunlun Fight MMA 14
||August 28, 2017|
Female strawweight championship
|Current|| Weili Zhang
def. Maira De Souza
|Kunlun Fight 53
|September 24, 2016||1. def. Karla Benitez at Kunlun Fight MMA 7 on December 15, 2016|
67 kg (143.3 lb) and under
70 kg (154.3 lb)
- Buakaw Banchamek
- Superbon Banchamek
- Jomthong Chuwattana
- Yodsanklai Fairtex
- Enriko Gogokhia
- Marat Grigorian
- Murthel Groenhart
- Davit Kiria
- Albert Kraus
- Andrei Kulebin
- Wu Xuesong
- Kem Sitsongpeenong
- Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong
- Andy Souwer
- Amansio Paraschiv
- Warren Stevelmans
- Vlad Tuinov
- Dylan Salvador
- Anatoly Moiseev
- Steve Moxon
- Mohamed Mezouari
- Enriko Kehl
- Dzianis Zuev
- Chingiz Allazov
- Dzhabar Askerov
- Aikpracha Meenayothin
- Armin Pumpanmuang Windy Sport
- Tayfun Ozcan
- Cedric Manhoef
- Chris Ngimbi
- Yuichiro Nagashima
- Mustapha Haida
75 - 85 kg (165.3 - 187.4 lb)
95 kg (209.4 lb) and over
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