Kunlun Fight

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Kunlun Fight
Private
IndustryKickboxing promotion
FoundedJanuary 2014; 5 years ago (2014-01)
HeadquartersBeijing, China
Key people
Jiang Hua (Founder)[1]
OwnerKunsun Media
Websitekunlunjue.com

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.[2] Events are broadcast on Jiangsu Television[3] domestically and on various regional and international channels.

The first event was held in Pattaya, Thailand on January 25, 2014. The promotion has since held over 20 events each year.[4] [5]

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.[6][7] After the inaugural event the promotion has held events in Thailand two more times.[8][9][10]

Signing Buakaw Banchamek[edit]

On June 7, 2015 it was announced that Kunlun Fight had signed one of the most successful and famous[11] 70 kg kickboxers in history, 2 time K-1 World Max Champion Buakaw Banchamek to an exclusive 6-fight contract.[12][13] 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.[14] 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.

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.[15][16][17] Prior to B+ round of financing in Q1 2017 the company was reportedly valued at over 500 million USD.[18][19]

Kunlun Combat League[edit]

On September 22, 2018, Kunlun Fight launched a new line of 2nd tier events called Kunlun Combat League.[20][21] 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.[22]

Kunlun Fight Events[edit]

Broadcast coverage[edit]

Some current broadcasters include Jiangsu Television in China, Fox Sports Asia and Kix[23] in various Asian countries, RMC Sport 4, Fight Network[24][25] and FightBox[26] in multiple countries internationally. Some past broadcasters include Workpoint TV in Thailand, HKSTV in Hong Kong and Taiwan (2016)[27] , Anhui Television in China (2017)[28] and Eurosport. Kunlun Fight MMA was broadcast monthly in China on CCTV-5 in 2017.[29]

Rules[edit]

Kunlun Fight mostly holds fights under kickboxing rules, but also under MMA rules. Some Muay Thai, Boxing and Lethwei[30][31] 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 Light 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
8-Man 61.5 kg tournament Thailand Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang China Wang Wenfeng Kunlun Fight 66 November 05, 2017

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 Weili Zhang
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]

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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