KUNLUN 81 IS SET FOR JULY 27 IN BEIJING
One of the world's premier Kickboxing promotions, Kunlun Fight, makes a triumphant return to the grand global stage on Saturday the 27th of July, in Beijing, China, with a stellar lineup of seasoned Kunlun veterans mixed with some dangerous debutants.
The event will feature a signature one night 8-man tournament, where only one KunLun warrior will reign victorious, to take home the coveted Kunlun championship world championship belt.
The eight protagonists are: Thailand's Saiyok Pumpanmuang, Morocco's Maroun Toutouh, Italy's Davide Armanini, Kazakhstan's Mergen Bilyalov and four Chinese warriors, Zheng Zhaoyu, Jiao Fukai, Zhang Yang and Wu Sihan.
The night's opening quarterfinal will see Thailand's former elite Bangkok stadium star, Saiyok Pumpanmuang, face off against rising Chinese star, Zheng Zhaoyu, in what promises to be an intriguing encounter of gritty experience against youthful exuberance.
The second quarterfinal features a firm fan favorite of Kunlun Fight aficionados as Dutch/Moroccan fighter Marouan Toutouh pits his skillset against Chinese combatant Jiao Fukai. Can the electric Toutouh prevail over the home country hero to seal a spot in the semifinals?
An afformentioned Kunlun debutant will feature in the night's third quarterfinal as Italian warrior, Davide Armanini, will get his chance to shine on the Kunlun stage when he clashes with China's Zhang Yang, for the right to face off against the winner of the Bilyalov/Sihan contest.
Speaking of Mergen Bilyalov and Wu Sihan, they will collide in the climatic quarterfinal of the night, in what promises to be a fireworks versus a tornado clash of two of the favorites to take home the Kunlun gold — can the Kazikstani GGG of Kickboxing, outgun and outmaneuver the fast as lightening Sihan?
In an ALL-Chinese affair, Sun Weipeng will square off against Zhao Junchen in a reserve contest for the 75 kg tournament. Both men know, that if history repeats itself, there is a very good chance the winner of this reserve fight will get a chance of jumping into the tournament, at some stage.
In an undercard contest on the event, Australian fighter Htaw Mon, will take on China's Wei Ninghui, in a matchup set at 66 kgs.
The main event is quite simply one of 'scintillating proportions' as Dutch megastar, Andy Ristie, makes his Kunlun debut, where he will go toe to toe with Chinese fighting hero Kong Lingfeng, in a contest set at 70 kgs.
Ristie, the man who has beaten global Kickboxing stars Giorgio Petrosyan, Jonay Risco, Gago Drago, Albert Kraus and Robin Van Roosmalen — to name a few — will bring his power packed fighting style to thrill the fans at Kunlun. The man who will face off against Ristie is non other than Kong Linfeng, a no frills combatant who has shared the ring with global fighting icon Buakaw Banchamek, Kingfeng believes he has nothing to fear from Ristie.
And with that, the stage is set for the return of Kunlun on Saturday the 27th of July. This event will undoubtably be a night not to be missed. The entire show can be watched live via www.fightbox.com and on the FiteTV App.