On Saturday, April 23, Kunlun Fighting Championship returned to the Zhoukou Stadium in Henan, China, for Kunlun Fight 43. The stacked fight card featured two 70-kilogram kickboxing qualifying tournaments, including one four-man group featuring the pound-for-pound top kickboxer in the world, Sittichai Sitsongpeenong.

In the main event of the evening, The Ultimate Fighter China winner Zhang Lipeng looked for his sixth consecutive win when he faced Japanese MMA veteran Takashi Noto. Lipeng won the Kunlun Fight 165-pound championship in his most recent outing against Beibit Nazarov at Kunlun Fight 37 this past January. Noto brought two consecutive knockout wins into his promotional debut.

In the rest of the main card action, two of the world’s top welterweight kickboxers clashed when Artur Kyshenko took on GLORY contender Murthel Groenhart. Two prospect-loaded one-night tournaments highlighted the high-level kickboxing portion of this card. One of the best female kickboxers in the world, Wang Kehan, returned to action against former Enfusion title challenger Rachel Adamus

All of the action started live on YY.com and JiangsuTV at 6:00 a.m. ET.

MMA: Zhang Lipeng def. Takashi Noto by knockout (punches). Round 1
Kong Lingfeng def. Kim Minsoo by TKO (leg kicks). Round 2 – Group 10 tournament final
Artur Kyshenko def. Murthel Groenhart by extra round unanimous decision
Ashihati def. Faisal Zakaria by knockout (overhand right). Round 2
Keijiro Miyakoshi def. Chan Heong Lee by extra round decision
Kim Minsoo def. Zhao Yan by decision – Group 10 tournament semifinal
Kong Lingfeng def. Josh Aragon by decision – Group 10 tournament semifinal
Sittichai Sitsongpeenong def. Mohamed Mezouari by extra round majority decision – Group 9 tournament final
Wang Kehan def. Rachel Adamus by TKO (strikes). Round 3
Wei Ninghui def. Pascal Koster by decision
Artur Gurlov def. Bo Fufan by decision
Mohamed Mezouari def. Youssef Boulahtari by TKO (right hook). Round 1 – Group 9 tournament semifinal
Sittichai Sitsongpeenong def. Walid Hamid by TKO (strikes). Round 2 – Group 9 tournament semifinal
Bai Lishuai def. Brian Denis by unanimous decision
Kodera Kohei def. Adam Rotweiler by unanimous decision

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Zach Aittama
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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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