Kunlun Fight

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Kunlun Fight
Private
Industry Kickboxing promotion
Founded January 2014; 4 years ago (2014-01)
Headquarters Beijing, China
Key people
Jiang Hua (Founder and CEO)
Owner Kunsun Media
Website kunlunjue.com

Kunlun Fight (Chinese: 昆仑决; pinyin: Kūnlún Jué), is a Chinese kickboxing promotion. It debuted in 2014 and is regarded as one of the top kickboxing promotions in the world.[1] Events are broadcast in mainland China on Jiangsu Television[2] and on various regional channels.

The first event was held in Pattaya, Thailand on January 25, 2014. The promotion has since held over 20 events each year.[3] [4]

History[edit]

Inaugural event[edit]

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.[5][6] After the inaugural event the promotion has held events in Thailand two more times.[7][8][9]

Signing Buakaw Banchamek[edit]

On June 7, 2015 it was announced that Kunlun Fight had signed one of the most successful and famous[10] 70 kg kickboxers in history, 2 time K-1 World Max Champion Buakaw Banchamek to an exclusive 6-fight contract.[11][12] Buakaw has continued fighting in the promotion beyond the original 6-fight contract.

Middleweight tournaments[edit]

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.[13] 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 final of the tournament.

Business[edit]

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.[14][15][16] Prior to B+ round of financing in Q1 2017 the company was reportedly valued at over 500 million USD.[17]

Events[edit]

No. Date Event Venue Location
66 March 11, 2017 Kunlun Fight 58 / Magnum Fc 1 Atlantico Live Italy Rome, Italy
65 February 26, 2017 Kunlun Fight 57 Mangrove Tree International Conference Center China Sanya, Hainan, China
64 February 25, 2017 Kunlun Fight MMA 9 Mangrove Tree International Conference Center China Sanya, Hainan, China
63 January 2, 2017 Kunlun Fight MMA 8 Mangrove Tree International Conference Center China Sanya, Hainan, China
62 January 1, 2017 Kunlun Fight 56 Mangrove Tree International Conference Center China Sanya, Hainan, China
61 December 15, 2016 Kunlun Fight MMA 7 Kunlun World Combat Sports Center China Beijing, China
60 December 10, 2016 Kunlun Fight 55 Guoxin Gymnasium China Qingdao, Shandong, China
59 October 30, 2016 Kunlun Fight 54 Optics Valley International Tennis Center China Hubei, China
58 October 21, 2016 Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 6 Yiwu Meihu Sports Centre China Yiwu, China
57 September 24, 2016 Kunlun Fight 53 Kunlun World Combat Sports Center China Beijing, China
56 September 11, 2016 Kunlun Fight 52 Strait Olympic Sports Center China Fuzhou, China
55 September 10, 2016 Kunlun Fight 51 Strait Olympic Sports Center China Fuzhou, China
54 August 20, 2016 Kunlun Fight 50 Jinan Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium China Jinan, China
53 August 7, 2016 Kunlun Fight 49 / Rebels 45 Ota-City General Gymnasium Japan Tokyo, Japan
52 July 31, 2016 Kunlun Fight 48 Jining Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium China Jining, China
51 July 10, 2016 Kunlun Fight 47 Wutaishan Sports Center China Nanjing, China
50 June 26, 2016 Kunlun Fight 46 Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall 7 China Kunming, China
49 June 5, 2016 Kunlun Fight 45 Sichuan Gymnasium China Chengdu, China
48 May 22, 2016 Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 5 / Top FC 11 Olympic Park, Seoul South Korea Seoul, Korea
47 May 14, 2016 Kunlun Fight 44 / MFP: Mayor's Cup 2016 Platinum Arena Russia Khabarovsk, Russia
46 April 23, 2016 Kunlun Fight 43 Zhoukou Gymnasium China Zhoukou, China
45 April 9, 2016 Kunlun Fight 42 Haihu District Gym Center China Xining, China
44 April 8, 2016 Kunlun Fight 41 Haihu District Gym Center China Xining, China
43 March 25, 2016 Kunlun Fight 40 Tongling Zodiac Park China Tongling, China
42 March 20, 2016 Kunlun Fight 39 Dongguan Stadium China Dongguan, China
41 February 21, 2016 Kunlun Fight 38 / Super Muaythai 2016 Pattaya Indoor Stadium Thailand Pattaya, Thailand
40 January 23, 2016 Kunlun Fight 37 Crown of Beauty Theatre China Sanya, China
39 January 9, 2016 Kunlun Fight 36 Shanghai Oriental Sports Center China Shanghai, China
38 December 19, 2015 Kunlun Fight 35 Luoyang Stadium China Luoyang, China
37 November 21, 2015 Kunlun Fight 34 Shenzhen Bay Gymnasium China Shenzhen, China
36 October 31, 2015 Kunlun Fight 33 Changde College Sport Hall China Changde, China
35 October 28, 2015 Kunlun Fight 32 Daxian Stadium China Dazhou, China
34 October 4, 2015 Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 4 Astana Racing Center Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan
33 September 28, 2015 Kunlun Fight 31 Asiatique Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
32 September 4, 2015 Kunlun Fight 30 / Topking World Series: TK5 Zhoukou Sports Center China Zhoukou, China
31 August 15, 2015 Kunlun Fight 29 Ice Cube Curling Center Russia Sochi, Russia
30 July 19, 2015 Kunlun Fight 28 Wutaishan Sports Center China Nanjing, China
29 July 18, 2015 Kunlun Fight 27 Wutaishan Sports Center China Nanjing, China
28 June 7, 2015 Kunlun Fight 26 Jiangnan Sports Hall China Chongqing, China
27 June 6, 2015 Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 3 Jiangnan Sports Hall China Chongqing, China
26 May 15, 2015 Kunlun Fight 25 Štiavničkách Sports Hall Slovenia Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
25 May 2, 2015 Kunlun Fight 24 Palaferroli San Bonifacio Italy Verona, Italy
24 April 26, 2015 Kunlun Fight 23 International Economics College Gymnasium China Changsha, China
23 April 12, 2015 Kunlun Fight 22 Changde College Sport Hall China Changde, China
22 April 4, 2015 Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 2 Baluan Sholak Sports Palace Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan
21 March 17, 2015 Kunlun Fight 21 Serenity Sanya Marina China Sanya, China
20 March 8, 2015 Kunlun Fight 20 Starlight Park China Beijing, China
19 February 1, 2015 Kunlun Fight 19 Tianhe Stadium China Guangzhou, China
18 January 18, 2015 Kunlun Fight 18 Wutaishan Sports Center China Nanjing, China
17 January 17, 2015 Kunlun Fight 17 Wutaishan Sports Center China Nanjing, China
16 January 4, 2015 Kunlun Fight 16 Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium China Nanjing, China
15 January 3, 2015 Kunlun Fight 15 Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium China Nanjing, China
14 December 4, 2014 Kunlun Fight 14 Royal Bangkok Sports Club Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
13 November 16, 2014 Kunlun Fight 13 Hohhot People's Stadium China Hohhot, China
12 October 26, 2014 Kunlun Fight 12 Jianshui Olympic Sports Center China Jianshui, China
11 October 5, 2014 Kunlun Fight 11 Macau Forum China Macau, China
10 September 13, 2014 Kunlun Fight 10 / Topking World Series: TK1 Belarus National Arena Belarus Minsk, Belarus
9 August 31, 2014 Kunlun Fight 9 Shangqiu Stadium China Shangqiu, China
8 August 24, 2014 Kunlun Fight 8 Xining Badminton Center China Xining, China
7 July 27, 2014 Kunlun Fight 7 Zhoukou Sports Center China Zhoukou, China
6 June 29, 2014 Kunlun Fight 6 Chongqing Jiangnan Sports Hall China Chongqing, China
5 June 1, 2014 Kunlun Fight 5 Sichuan Emei Buddha Temple China Leshan, China
4 April 27, 2014 Kunlun Fight 4 Solaire Resort & Casino Philippines Manila, Philippines
3 March 30, 2014 Kunlun Fight 3 Heilongjiang University Stadium China Harbin, China
2 February 16, 2014 Kunlun Fight 2 / Wu Lin Feng 2014 / MAX Muaythai 6 Henan Province Stadium China Zhengzhou, China
1 January 25, 2014 Kunlun Fight 1 Pattaya Beach Square Thailand Pattaya, Thailand

Broadcast coverage[edit]

Some current broadcasters include Jiangsu Television in China, Fox Sports Asia and Kix[18] in various Asian countries, Fight Network[19][20] and FightBox[21] in multiple countries internationally. Kunlun Fight was broadcast on HKSTV in Hong Kong and Taiwan in 2016 and by RMC Sport (previously SFR Sport) for multiple years in a number of countries internationally.[22] Kunlun Fight MMA was broadcast monthly in China on CCTV-5 in 2017.[23]

Rules[edit]

Kunlun Fight mostly holds fights under kickboxing rules, but also under MMA rules. Some Muay Thai, Boxing and Lethwei[24][25] fights have also been held on Kunlun Fight events.

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.

Mixed martial arts rules: Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts

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.

Weight classes[edit]

Kickboxing Weight Classes Kilograms(kg) Pounds(lbs) MMA Weight Classes Kilograms(kg) Pounds(lbs)
Flyweight 50 110.2 Strawweight 52 114.6
Lightweight 55 121.2 Flyweight 56 123.4
Super Lightweight 60 132.3 Bantamweight 60 132.3
Welterweight 65 143.3 Featherweight 65 143.3
Super Welterweight 70 154.3 Lightweight 70 154.3
Middleweight 75 165.3 Welterweight 77 169.8
Super Middleweight 80 176.4 Middleweight 84 185.2
Cruiserweight 90 198.4 Ligh Heavyweight 93 205.0
Heavyweight 100 220.5 Heavyweight 120 264.6
Super Heavyweight Unlimited Unlimited Super Heavyweight Unlimited Unlimited

Champions[edit]

Kickboxing champions[edit]

Tournament champions[edit]

Weight Class Champion Runner-up Event Date Tournament Bracket
70 kg World Max 2014 Belarus Dzianis Zuev Australia Victor Nagbe Kunlun Fight 13 November 16, 2014 70 kg World Max Tournament 2014 bracket
100+ kg Tournament 2015 Netherlands Jahfarr Wilnis Egypt Hesdy Gerges Kunlun Fight 26 June 7, 2015 Super Heavyweight Tournament 2015 bracket
Female 52 kg Tournament 2015 China E Meidie France Anissa Meksen Kunlun Fight 32 October 28, 2015 Female 52 kg Tournament 2015 bracket
80 kg Tournament 2015 Ukraine Artur Kyshenko Belarus Dmitry Valent Kunlun Fight 35 December 19, 2015 80 kg Tournament 2015 bracket
70 kg World Max 2015 Thailand Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong Ukraine Enriko Gogokhia Kunlun Fight 37 January 23, 2016 70 kg World Max Tournament 2015 bracket
75 kg Tournament 2016 China Zheng Zhaoyu China Zhang Yang Kunlun Fight 47 July 10, 2016 75 Kg Tournament 2016 bracket
65 kg Tournament 2016 China Wei Ninghui France Abdellah Ezbiri Kunlun Fight 51 September 10, 2016 65 Kg Tournament 2016 bracket
100+ kg Tournament 2016 Belarus Andrei Gerasimchuk Ukraine Tsotne Rogava Kunlun Fight 52 September 11, 2016
80 kg Tournament 2016 Russia Alexander Stetsurenko Belarus Dmitry Valent Kunlun Fight 55 December 10, 2016
70 kg World Max 2016 Thailand Superbon Banchamek Thailand Jomthong Chuwattana Kunlun Fight 56 January 1, 2017 70 kg World Max Tournament 2016 bracket

One night tournament champions[edit]

Weight Class Champion Runner-up Event Date Tournament Bracket
4-Man 67 kg tournament Thailand Petsangnuan Luktupfah Belarus Andrei Kulebin Kunlun Fight 1 January 25, 2014 67 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 80 kg tournament Canada Simon Marcus Thailand Vehas Topking Kunlun Fight 2 February 16, 2014 80kg tournament bracket
Female 52 kg tournament Netherlands Jemyma Betrian China E Meidie Kunlun Fight 3 March 30, 2014 Female 52 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 95 kg tournament France Massinissa Hamaili Slovenia Ivan Bartek Kunlun Fight 4 April 27, 2014 95 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 70 kg tournament Australia Victor Nagbe China Li Zikai Kunlun Fight 5 June 1, 2014 70 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 100 kg tournament Belarus Andrei Gerasimchuk Ukraine Dmitry Bezus Kunlun Fight 6 June 29, 2014 100 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 75 kg tournament China Xu Zhenguang Belarus Kiryl Chanka Kunlun Fight 8 August 24, 2014 75 kg tournament bracket
Female 60 kg tournament Kyrgyzstan Valentina Shevchenko Russia Irina Mazepa Kunlun Fight 9 August 31, 2014 Female 60 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 95 kg tournament Belarus Andrei Gerasimchuk China Wang Chongyang Kunlun Fight 10 September 13, 2014 95 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 65 kg tournament China Yang Zhuo Thailand Phosa Nopphorn Kunlun Fight 12 October 26, 2014 60 kg tournament bracket
4-Man 75 kg tournament China Nuerla China Wang Yuhu Kunlun Fight 34 November 21, 2015 75 kg tournament bracket

Women's lightweight champions[edit]

-60 kg (-132.3 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current China Wang Cong
def. Valentina Shevchenko
Kunlun Fight 33
Changde, China
October 31, 2015
1 Kyrgyzstan Valentina Shevchenko
def. Irina Mazepa
Kunlun Fight 9
Shangqiu, China
August 31, 2014 1. def. Chali Bassinah at Kunlun Fight 11 on October 5, 2014

Muaythai champions[edit]

Middleweight championship[edit]

-70 kg (-154.3 lb)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Thailand Buakaw Banchamek
def. Dylan Salvador
Kunlun Fight 53
Beijing, China
September 24, 2016

MMA champions[edit]

Middleweight championship[edit]

84 kg (185 lbs); division was formerly 79 kg (175 lbs) until 2017

No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current China Wang Sai
def. Sergey Proskuryakov
Kunlun Fight 36
Shanghai, China
January 9, 2016 1. def. Horiuchi Yasuhiro at Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 6 on October 21, 2016

Welterweight championship[edit]

77 kg (170 lbs); division was formerly 75 kg (165 lbs) until 2017

No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current China Zhang Lipeng
def. Beibit Nazarov
Kunlun Fight 37
Sanya, China
January 23, 2016 1. def. Takashi Noto at Kunlun Fight 43 on April 26, 2016
1 Kazakhstan Beibit Nazarov
def. Bruno Amorim
Kunlun Fight - Cage Fight Series 2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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

Flyweight championship[edit]

No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Spain Oscar Suarez Fleitas
def. Zhang Meixuan
Kunlun Fight MMA 14
August 28, 2017

Female strawweight championship[edit]

No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current China Zhang Weili
def. Maira De Souza
Kunlun Fight 53
Shanghai, China
September 24, 2016 1. def. Karla Benitez at Kunlun Fight MMA 7 on December 15, 2016

Notable fighters[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Men[edit]

67 kg (143.3 lb) and under[edit]
70 kg (154.3 lb)[edit]
75 - 85 kg (165.3 - 187.4 lb)[edit]
95 kg (209.4 lb) and over[edit]

Women[edit]

MMA[edit]

See also[edit]

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