Since 2005, the Art of War Fighting Championship has strived to establish itself as China’s premier mixed martial arts organization. Featuring China’s best martial arts athletes, the Art of War is recognized by fans and industry experts as the pioneer and leader of China’s mixed martial arts revolution. The Art of War Fighting Championship 13 “Rising Force” returns to the National Olympic Sports Center on July 18, 2009 with 12 action-packed mixed martial arts fights for your entertainment pleasure.
84 kg – Xu Chao (China) versus Yoann Gouaida (France)
90 kg – Luo Qiang (China) versus Dorjderem Munkhayasgalan (Mongolia)
78 kg – Kim Dong Hyung (Korea) versus Lubomir Guedjev (Bulgaria)
66 kg – Ning Guang You (China) versus Kang Kyung Ho (Korea)
72 kg – Bernueng Sakhomsin (Thailand) versus Jadambaa Narantungalag (Mongolia)
72 kg – Yu Woo Sung (Korea) versus Egon Racz (Slovakia)
72 kg – Wu Hao Tian (China) versus Shukhrat Minavarov (Uzbekistan)
96+ kg – Katsuhisa Fujii (Japan) versus Rodney Glunder (Holland)
72 kg – Dai Shuang Hai (China) versus Marcin Pionke (Poland)
96+ kg – Rolles Gracie (Brazil) versus Yim Joon Soo (Korea)
78 kg – Wang Sai (China) versus Claes Beverlov (Sweden)
*Fight card subject to change
Let’s take a look at the main card…
72 kg match
The main card will feature up-and-coming Korean fighter, Yu Woo Sung “Bronco” (10-3), who was the 2006 Spirit MC Welterweight Tournament Finalist. His opponent is the always tough and durable, Egon Racz (1-2) of Slovakia, who is returning to the Art of War ring after a one year absence. Bronco is a very strong wrestler who will look to bring the fight to the ground where his powerful ground and pound skills give him a big advantage. Racz is an expert striker with over 100 matches to his credit and also the 2006 European open Muay Thai champion, and the 2005 European kickboxing champion. No doubt he will be looking to stop Bronco with a powerful knockout.
72 kg match
After dominating his opponent in AOW12, Chinese fighter, Wu Hao Tian (6-0), will be returning to face his toughest challenge yet in Shukhrat Minavarov of Uzbekistan. Minavarov is a 3x Central Asia kickboxing champion and 2007 World Kickboxing Federation world champion. Wu Hao Tian will have to display perfect grappling skills if he is to get Minavarov to the ground and force the submission. Minavarov is also an expert in combat sambo and claims to be unafraid of Wu Hao Tian’s ground skills.
96+ kg match
Katsuhisa Fujii (9-17) of Japan will face the very dangerous Rodney Glunder (25-18) of Holland. Fujii is an expert grappler and is a disciple of famous Pride veteran, Kazuyuki Fujita. His opponent, Rodney Glunder, has wins over Melvin Manhoef, Cheik Congo, Valentijn Overeem, and Cyrille Diabate. Fujii is coming off a tough loss to Korean MMA superstar Choi Mu Bae and wants to get back on the winning side.
72 kg match
Dai Shuang Hai (8-0-3) “The Wolf” of China will face undefeated Polish superstar, Marcin Pionke (6-0), who is a disciple of Olympic Judo Champion, Pawel Nastula. Both are expert grapplers and strikers. Will youth and power prevail over technique and experience?
96+ kg match
Rolles Gracie (2-0) of Brazil will be facing Korean fighter Yim Joon Soo (5-5). Rolles Gracie is coming off a submission victory over Baga Agaev in Art of War 12 while Yim Joon Soo is coming off a KO victory over Yang Cheng in Art of War 11. Will Gracie be able to take the fight to the ground? Yim Joon Soo has devastating power in his hands and has proven it in previous MMA bouts. Will he be able to keep the fight standing and KO Gracie?
78 kg match
In the main event, up and coming Chinese fighter Wang Sai (2-0) will be facing Swedish newcomer, Claes Beverlov (5-2). Wang Sai will be facing a much more experienced opponent, but he has proven that he can remain calm under pressure. Beverlov is a product of the famous Legacy Gym under the leadership of Ole Baguio Larsen. This is a match up of the young guns and will no doubt end in knock out or submission.
The undercard will feature the return of WMC 70 kg world champion Bernueng Sahkomsin verus Jadambaa Narantungalag of Mongolia, who is a K1 veteran having faced such great fighters as Kid Yamamoto and Buakaw Por Pramuk. Also, Ning Guang You “The Tank” will fight Kang Kyung Ho, who is a veteran of Korea’s Spirit MC and also the winner of Go! Super Korean Season 3, an MMA reality show.
What: Art of War 13 – Rising Force
When: Saturday, July 18, 2009
Where: National Olympic Sports Center
Time: 2:00 pm (doors open) 4:00 pm (event starts)
Tickets: http://www.piao.com.cn or call 400-810-3721
Information: http://www.mmachina.com or call 010-5129-5028
The Art of War Fighting Championship can be seen on Inner Mongolia Satellite TV (NMTV) from within China every SUNDAY afternoon from 12:40 pm – 1:30 pm.