KUNLUN HEADS TO TAIYUAN IN SEARCH OF KICKBOXING GOLD
Tuesday, November 27th: Kunlun Fight makes a triumphant return to elite fight action with its 79th instalment of the global kickboxing juggernaut set to to place next month. The date for the upcoming event is Saturday the 15th of December and the location is Taiyuan in northern China. This will be the first time Kunlun will visit the city of Taiyuan for the aptly named show: GOLDRUSH, Taiyuan is one of the busiest and most productive manufacturing hubs in the entire nation. The show will host a one-night 66 kg tournament featuring eight fighting stars from around the globe competing for the Kunlun pot of gold. The Tournament Protagonists: Japanese combatant Kenta Yamada will go up against gifted Chinese talent Sun Zhixiang who had an almost flawless performance in his opening fight on the Kunlun stage.
The steely veteran Kenta lost his last fight via a split decision to Chinese powerhouse "Liverbuster" Wei Ninghui, who coincidentally happens to be a participant in this very tournament! Ukrainian fan favourite Sergei Kuliaba, a 2017 Semifinalist of the 64-man Kunlun 70 kg "Clash of Titans" tournament, is matched with Chinese fighter Jia Aoqi in the second quarterfinal of the night. Kuliaba is a well-rounded athlete who notched up wins last year on Kunlun over "Lightning" Tian Xin, Victor "Hot Chili" Nagbe, Andrei "Bullet" Kulebin, Nikola "Ronin Jr." Cimesa and went the full distance with Superbon Banchamek and Buakaw Banchamek, respectively, under kickboxing and muay thai rules.
Belgian Nafi Bilalovski, a Kunlun debutant, trains with the famous Marat Grigorian at Hemmers Gym won the WLF 63 kg World Championship in a 4-man tournament, will clash with Kunlun regular "Punisher" Gu Hui, who unsettlingly bested K-1 legend Albert Kraus on short notice and also has a noted victory over Sergei Kuliaba. Moroccan Soufiane Kaddouri, the current Enfusion world champion makes his debut on Kunlun in exchange for Chinese prospect Kunlun contracted Zhu Baotong filling the wildcard of Enfusion 8-man 72.5 kg tournament on Dec 7 in Abu Dhabi that marks the strategic collaboration in talents. Kaddouri will take on home favorite Chinese powerhouse "Liverbuster" Wei Ninghui who is obsessed with liver shot finishes — so we are set for a fireworks matchup in this contest. The Full Lineup for Kunlun 79: KLF 66kg World Championship quarterfinals 1: Kenta Yamada (JPN) VS Sun Zhixiang (CHN) KLF 66kg World Championship quarterfinals 2: Sergei Kuliaba (UKR) VS Jia Aoqi (CHN) KLF 66kg World Championship quarterfinals 3: Nafi Bilalovski (BEL) VS Gu Hui (CHN) KLF 66kg World Championship quarterfinals 4: Soufiane Kaddouri (MOR) VS Wei Ninghui (CHN) KLF 66kg World Championship Reserve Fight: Lü Ruilei (CHN) VS Lu Jianbo (CHN) MMA Super Fight: Banmaduoji (CHN) VS TBD 67kg Super Fight: Zhang Chunyu (CHN) VS TBD 70kg Super Fight: Kong Lingfeng (CHN) VS Song Shaoqiu (CHN) 61.5kg Super Fight: Wang Wenfeng (CHN) VS Feng Liang (CHN)
How To Watch the Event Live: Start Time: Sat 15 Dec 19:30 GMT+8/ 6:30 am ET/ 12:30 pm CET Location: Taiyuan Sports Centre Stadium, Shanxi, China Live on: EB TV, Fite TV, Fight Network, Fightbox HD, Epicentre.tv, 8count.tv