Real Fight Championship held its second event in Zhengzhou, China on May 11, 2013. In conjunction with Wulinfeng, the well-known Chinese kickboxing promotion, Real Fight aimed at bringing the sport of MMA to a wider audience.

Zhengzhou, situated slightly south of Shanghai, has become a sort of fight capital unto itself. The expense of holding an event in Shanghai and the availability of good venues and television broadcast studios had contributed to its status. Zhengzhou is a stepping stone for rural residents transitioning to the bigger metropolitan cities; being a fight destination is about its only redeeming quality.

Real Fight is the creation of businessman and Axis brown belt Yamada Shigetaka, founder of Alavanca Jiu Jitsu in Shanghai and host of the World Pro Jiujitsu China Trials.  For the second event, they teamed up with China stalwart Wulinfeng to host the event at their Henan TV broadcast studio to provide a wider audience the experience of MMA.

The co-promoted event had its share of hiccups in the production, mostly due to the first-time collaboration of the organizers and the plethora of languages being used between them and the participants. However, the event ran on time and smoothly, and the fighters had a positive perception of the event overall. The production value was quite good: the entrance videos were detailed and very personal for each and every fighter, the sound and lighting was excellent (even given Chinese standards), and the standing-room-only audience was impressive. There were hawkers outside the stadium in droves, apparently because there was a demand.

Zhang HuiPeng versus Jean Fagundes de Oliveira

China Top Team’s Zhang HuiPeng faced Brazilian Jean Fagundes de Oliveira of Japan’s Ogawa Team in the first fight. Round one saw the fighters gauging distance with kicks and dummy jabs, Jean getting the better of the kicks. Rounds two and three played out differently, and Zhang went for takedowns and got the Brazilian on his back time and time again. While de Oliveira had some beautiful work off his back in attempts to sub, it was Zhang’s brilliant transitions and tenacity that got him the decision win, 30-28, 30-28, 30-27.

Yang Zhuo versus Jonny Gilbertson

Jonny “Cage” Gilbertson has an approach against Yang Zhuo that is to take him down and submit him, if he won’t play the stand up game. Gilbertson gets the best out of the first two rounds on the ground, and Zhang saves himself time and time again by recovering at least half guard. In the third, Zhang finally seems to figure out how to sweep and reverse, but it’s not enough to get all the judges thinking his way. They score it 28-30, 28-29, and 29-29 for Jonny Gilbertson.

Beibit Nazarow versus Eric Fought

In his lead up interview, Beebit mentioned he was a wrestling champion of Kazakhstan. Then Eric rocks out with a gi and a brown belt. Fireworks of the most awesome kind ensue as it’s a modern day style-versus-style match up, with both fighters having the same game plan: take down and submit by any way possible. In the opening stanza, Beebit rocks Eric onto his keister and the brown belt proves himself an exception to the “one hit” rule by instantaneously grabbing onto a leg and working for position. Off his back, Eric gets rubber guard, goes for a gogoplata, an omoplata, a triangle and an armbar in rapid succession, and Beebit wards off them all! Beebit is a beast and keeps looking to take Eric down, both fight for trips.

Into the second, it’s a bit more cautious. For like a few seconds! They exchange back and forth positioning as Eric tries for a leg and a triangle and again from the top Beebit gets out of everything, but a slipped defense lets Eric slither onto his back. But the tough Kazakh flips to face him. Eric’s superior mount position just won’t be given up easily, and he’s able to rain down the punches until the ref stops it. A truly incredible display of technique from both fighters.

Yang Liang versus Diemerson Hatta

Diemerson and Yang test the waters standing up for a while, and Yang’s kicks take the Brazillian’s legs out from under him. Diemerson won’t have any of that and gets a textbook double led flying across the mat takedown, gets a dominate position immediately, and works to secure a quick RNC.

We take a quick break, and Real Fight’s first belt holder, Marcos de Souza comes into the cage and tells anyone who wants to take the belt away from him is welcome to try it.

Mateusz Piskorz versus Kim DaeHwan

Mateusz is the tough young Polish fighter from Real Fight 1 who secured his place in the final by two wins in the tournament, but an injury stopped him from doing it. He steps in the cage agains Kim DaeHwan, a del-known MMA commentator from South Korea who is returning after a 2 year layoff. From the second the bell sounds, it is obvious these two only intend to stand and trade. Mateus, at 20, shows a very nice command of combinations and listens to his corner about what to throw and when. Kim’s motto is duck and cover, leading the Pole to throw uppercuts.

Going into the second, Kim’s adrenaline dump gets the better of his wind. He stands toe to toe in front of Mateusz and gets tee-off on. But he never drops his hands. The grit is there, and the obvious know how, but his smashed nose tells his corner it’s time to throw in the towel and not let him come out for a third. Hopefully this fight shook not only his head but also a bit of the cage rust off, and he’ll get back into form rapidly, not just walk us through everyone else’s fights. As for Piskorsz, the sky is the limit for this tough and talented kid.

Cheng Yu versus Cho YeongSeung

Cho is 19 and a purple belt. He comes out of his corner looking like a rabid pit bull. He litterally assaults Cheng for a minute back and forth against the cage until a cut gets the doctors in for a check, giving him a moment’s reprieve. Cho’s last move was a takedown, and it’s restarted on the ground in the middle of the ring – which sees the Korean mount and beat on Cheng even more. Cho soon transitions to the back for a quick finish by RNC.

Zhang LiPeng versus Chris Garcia

Zhang LiPeng, a home favorite, rocks out to huge applause from the packed arena. It does him no good. Zhang makes a fatal mistake by shooting for a takedown. Garcia wastes no time in sinking a front choke, dropping and scooting out to the side, and not letting an inch of space – or breath – get out of Zhang. The ref jumps in to break it at a half minute in and Zhang is lying face down and completely out.

Liu SiCong versus Kleber Koike

Liu has no business being in the ring with the uber prospect hybrid Brazilian Kleber, but he doesn’t know it. After allowing a little bit of standing play that sees Liu throwing some nice kicks, Kleber takes it down into deeper water. The untested Liu shows he’s of tough mettle as he uses textbook and unorthodox methods to stave off Kleber’s assault of submission attempts. It’s an exciting two minutes but predictably wins with Kleber securing a triangle for the tap.

Yang JianPing versus Steve Brown

Milk carton poster boy Yang rocks out to the adoration of a crowd quite familiar with his mug and his show boating antics. They love him. Steve’s video intro gets a chuckle from the crowd when he says it’s a fight not a beauty contest, so there’s a certain amount of fairplay on both sides of the Mr Universe debate. The bell sounds and both are guaging each other in stand up, but Steve knows he doesn’t want to take any of Yang’s trademarked side kicks, so he goes for the double leg take down doggedly until he predictably gets it. But Yang has a surpass up his sleeve and he throws a leg over Steve’s head to get an instant arm bar, which pops right out even as refereed Wada halts the damage.

Real Fight 2 was a fun night of entertaining bouts to a full house with the commitment of Wulinfeng’s spot on production. While the Chinese fans may be disappointed with their lesser winning record on this event, they stayed until the very end – standing room only – and clamored to take pictures with all of the athletes who came out post-fight. The event will be rebroadcast on Henan TV, and Chinese audiences or satellite subscribers can check their listings for future airings.

Real Fight Championship 2
Official Results

#1 – Zhang HuiPeng (China Top Team) vs Jean Fagundes de Oliveira (Ogawa Team)
Zhang HuiPeng defeats Jean de Oliveira by UD, 30-28, 30-28, 30-27

#2 – Yang Zhuo (Shun Yuan Fight Club) vs Jonny Gilbertson (Charlie’s Combat Center)
Jonny Gilbertson defeats Yang Zhuo by UD, 28-30, 28-29, 29-29

#3 – Beibit Nazarow vs Eric Fought (Nova Uniao)
Eric Fought defeats Beibit Nazarow by TKO, ref stoppage, rd 2, 3:49

#4 – Yang Liang (xi’An) vs Diemerson Hatta (Over Limit BJJ)
Diemerson Hatta defeats Yang Liang by submission, RNC, rd 1, 3:12

#5 – Mateusz Piskorz (Nastula Team) vs Kim DaeHwan (Kim DaeHwan MMA)
Mateusz Piskorz defeats Kim DaeHwan by TKO, corner throws in the towel, rd 2, 5:00

#6 – Cheng Yu (Xi’An Black Belt MMA Academy) vs Cho YeongSeung (Jiu Jitsu World)
Cho YeongSeung defeats Cheng Yu by submission, RNC, rd 1, 2:28

#7 – Zhang LiPeng (Fight Emperor) vs Chris Garcia (Flo MMA)
Chris Garcia defeats Zhang LiPeng by submission, front choke, rd 1, :34

#8 – Liu SiCong (Fighters Unite – Tianjing) vs Kleber Koike (Bonsai Jiu Jitsu)
Kleber Koike defeats Liu SiCong by submission, triangle, rd 1, 2:19

#9 – Yang JianPing (Fight Emperor) vs Steve Brown (Groundslam)
Yang JianPing defeats Steve Brown by submission, arm bar, rd 1, 1:08