Wing chun practitioner gets knocked out in 72 seconds by MMA fighter
You would think the kung fu frauds who get royally embarrassed by Chinese MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong would learn their lesson. Alas, one of the wing chun “masters” came back for some more punishment. Ding Hao was one of Xu’s most memorable victims – dropped on his backside multiple times before the referee mercifully stepped in after a few minutes. He blamed his performance on not being fed enough rice by event organizers before the fight. The judges also somehow inexplicably scored the fight as a draw last year. Perhaps that gave Ding some misplaced confidence because he got back in the ring this weekend to fight another Chinese MMA fighter nicknamed “A Hu.” On paper it seemed like an easier f
Who is Weili Zhang, China’s first UFC champion?
It took Weili Zhang just 42 seconds to win China’s first title in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s top mixed martial arts competition.  Zhang, 30, a newcomer to UFC, was challenging Brazil’s Jessica Andrade, 27, the reigning strawweight champion, who was known as one of the strongest female fighters on the UFC roster.  On Saturday, Zhang hit Andrade with a perfect right hand, kneed her head repeatedly before lunging into a series of knockout punches. She won by technical knockout. Zhang celebrated her win in an auditorium filled with raucous, beaming Chinese fans in the country’s southern megacity of Shenzhen.  “I’m extremely proud to be Chinese. I want to dedicate my win to t
Another Chinese MMA fighter knocks out ‘fake’ kung fu master
Chinese mixed-martial arts fighter Xuan Wu has followed in the footsteps of his friend and fellow MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong by knocking out a “fake” kung fu master – in 12 seconds. Xu, 41, has made a name for himself in the past few years by winning bouts against self-proclaimed practitioners of kung fu, or Chinese martial arts, in high-profile matches. His challenge to old-school kung fu masters was interpreted in China as an act of defiance against traditional martial arts. This time, the challenger was a man called Tan Long. He said he was representing the wing chun style of fighting. He was dressed in a yellow jumpsuit similar to the one martial arts icon Bruce Lee wore in the film Game o
‘There are no rioters’: Chinese fighter breaks ranks to defend Hongkongers
Over the past week, nationalist fury has enveloped China’s internet, prompting actors, musicians and other public figures in the mainland to criticize the continuing anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Against this backdrop, outspoken Chinese mixed martial arts fighter Xu Xiaodong has bucked the trend by speaking up for Hongkongers on social media. On Sunday, Xu, who has controversially made a name for himself by challenging what he calls “fake” kung fu masters, wrote on Twitter that Hong Kong is a world-class free market with quality higher education and a robust entertainment industry. He condemned some violent clashes between protesters and police as illegal acts that must be punished
Chinese crusader against ‘fake’ kung fu meets his worst enemy yet
In a boxing ring in northwestern China last month, controversial mixed martial arts fighter Xu Xiaodong found himself up against a kung fu master who professed the ability to paralyze an opponent with the jab of his finger. This mystical technique is sometimes called the “death touch.” But on May 18, touch was probably the last thing the kung fu master Lu Gang wanted. Xu landed punch after punch to his face. Forty seconds and one broken nose later, the fight was over. Over the past two years, 41-year-old Xu has made headlines for winning bouts against self-proclaimed masters of kung fu, or Chinese martial arts, in unusually high-profile matches. His challenge to old-school kung fu masters h
Bruce Lee, the ‘grandfather of MMA’
It took Bruce Lee less than a minute to show the world what was possible when you mix martial arts. In the opening frames of Enter the Dragon – shot in 1973 – Lee and Sammo Hung Kam-bo meet in organized combat. Their characters throw everything they have at each other, until Lee brings the fight to an end with his own unique version of the “armbar.” It’s a fighting technique that was up until then, only commonly associated with the likes of jiu-jitsu and judo. By using it in this scene with Hung – in a kung fu film, no less – Hong Kong’s “Little Dragon” gave the world its first taste of mixed martial arts, or MMA. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hall of famer Urijah Faber says “that was