Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation starts its international bid on November 30, 2013 in Shanghai, China. RUFF 11 features top Russian prospect Bekbulat Magomedov versus the China National Champion Wang Guan.
While a recent media report has circulated that the bout was cancelled, RUFF CEO Joel Resnick has confirmed with MMA-in-ASIA that Magomedov will indeed be fighting in the main event of RUFF 11 against Wang Guan.
Wang Guan has solidified himself at the top of the featherweight food chain in China and in the region with his record of 11-0-1 which culminated is his winning of RUFF’s million renmenbi tournament. Guan became the China National Champion with that win. His KO power, crisp combinations, and evasive footwork have made him a dangerous opponent. His ground skills have been little tested simply because if he doesn’t want to go down, he doesn’t, with the exception of a three-rounder against Legend FC’s Featherweight Champion Koji Ando. Guan was put to the test in that one, and although he was susceptible to the judoka’s greatest attribute, Gian caused a lot of damage on his feet and won the decision. Now he will be tested by another top international opponent.
Bekbulat Magomedov hails from Dagestan, Russia, an area that seems to cultivate inhuman strength in its fighters. Magomedov is undefeated much like his Chinese opponent, and he’s never fought out of his home country. He claims a win over the experienced Vugar Bakhshiev in M-1 by submission in the first round. The sambo specialist will aim to be a tactician in the cage against Guan and use an on the spot game plan to defeat him.
Magomadev is one of the first foreign fighters signed to compete in RUFF as part of their international expansion initiative which they outlined approximately two years ago. Iftikhor Arbobov is another tough Russian coming in to fight the China National Lightweight Champ Rodrigo Caporal. More Russian opponents as well as some from Mongolia and Kazakhstan, are being considered for upcoming events.The promotion is looking at fighters in the 57, 61, 66, and 70 kilograms divisions to face their top and up and coming fighters as added challenges to up the fighters’ levels and grow the promotion.
Rasul Khalrulaev has broken his arm and is off the card. Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu will face an opponent to be decided upon and announced quickly.
November 30, 2013
Hongkou Indoor Stadium
Bekbulat Magomedov (11-0) vs. Wang Guan (11-0-1)
#10 – 57kg
Amu Rijirigala (7-2) vs. Zhang Meixuan (6-1)
#9 – 70kg
Iftikhor Arbobov (10-1) vs. Rodrigo Caporal (10-4)
#8 – 61kg
Cui Liucai (3-3) vs. Lu Zhenhong (4-1)
#7 – 61kg
Zhao Yafei (1-2) vs. Han Jie (0-3)
#6 – 61kg
Sandro Da Silva (3-3) vs. Baasankhuu Damlanpurev (0-1)
#5 – 61kg
Alateng Heili (0-0) vs. Song Yadong (1-0)
#4 – 70kg
Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu (1-1) vs TBA
#3 – 70kg
Wu Haotian (12-5-1) vs. Tom Woodfin (2-1)
#2 – 57kg
Shang Zhifa (3-3) vs. Liu Xiaoyang (0-1)
#1 – 57kg
Yang Jianbing (1-0) vs. Wulalibieke Baheibieke (0-1)
Coming off the extremely successful RUFF 10, The Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation will be making it two in a row in Shanghai with RUFF 11. RUFF has another action packed event that is going to show case the top mixed martial arts fighters in China. In the main event of the night, 2 fighters are walking into the cage undefeated, but only one will remain that way. Chinese star Wang Guan (13-0-1) will be putting his winning streak on the line against Russian fighter Bekbulat Magomedov (11-0-0). Also returning to the cage, 2013 Flyweight and Lightweight Champions Zhang Meixuan and Rodrigo Caporal.
The always-exciting Meixuan will be taking on Amu Rijirigala for the second time. Amu is coming off of two submission wins in a row.
Rodrigo will have another tough fight on hand after his unanimous decision win at RUFF 10. Russian Combat Sambo Champion and Grappling all Russia Champion Iftikhor Arbobov will be stepping into to the cage to see if he will be the one to finally put a stop to the Brazilian’s perfect RUFF record.
Also being showcased on the main card will be two Bantamweight fights that are guaranteed to deliver. Tough brawler Zhao Yafei will be looking to get his first win inside the RUFF cage against the very talented Sanda striker Han Jie.
MMA fans will also get to see Lv Zhenhong who is currently on a four fight win streak and looking to cement his place at the top of the division by taking on ruthless Cui Liucai in their second battle.
The undercard will host some very exciting fights with some new faces being added to the ever-growing RUFF roster. Sandro Da Silva will be dropping to Bantamweight to take on RUFF newcomer from Mongolia Baasankhuu Damlanpurev. In addition, RUFF fans will get to see two fighters that could be the future of MMA in China. Coming off of his fight of the night victory at RUFF 10, Song Yadong will be squaring off against another newcomer and rising talent Alateng Heili.
Returning to the RUFF cage and looking to work his way to the top of the Lightweight division, Amartuvshin Khuukhenkhuu will be going against tough Russian Rasul Khairulaev who showed his both heart and talent against lightweight king Rodrigo Caporal at RUFF 10. Looking to break his losing streak, Wu Haotian will be taking on well-rounded American Tom Woodfin fighting out of O3 Fitness in Taiwan. Former Flyweight top contender Shang Zhifa will be returning to the cage to take on young striker Liu Xiaoyang.
Lastly the opening fight of the night will showcase two young talents. RUFF 10 Fight of the night winner; Wulalibieke Baheibieke will be dropping down to Flyweight to take on Yang Jianbing who is also dropping weight class after his arm-bar victory at RUFF 10.
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