On Sunday, June 5, Kunlun Fighting Championship returned for the promotion’s 11th event of 2016, Kunlun Fight 45. Most of the promotion’s biggest stars were on display in Chengdu, China, the home of the recently opened Kunlun Fight gym.
In the evening’s main event, the winners of the Kunlun Fight Clash of Titans Group 13 tournament semifinals Gu Hui and Jomthong Chuwattana faced off to earn their place in the final 16 of the promotion’s year-long, 64-man, 70-kilogram tournament. The tournament featured multiple-time Rajadamern stadium champion Jomthong Chuwattana searching for a position in the Combat Press top-10 rankings against experienced GLORY and K-1 MAX veteran Warren Stevelmans. The famous Japanese cosplayer Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima made his Kunlun Fight debut against Chinese national kickboxing champion Gu Hui.
In the evening’s co-main event, Buakaw Banchamek, the most popular Muay Thai fighter in the world, made his return against another Chinese kickboxing prospect, Wang Weihao.
The main card also featured many of the promotion’s top stars including the Kunlun Fight 60-kilogram champion Wang Kehan defending her title against Dutch kickboxer Shana Lammers by technical knockout, 80-kilogram champion Artur Kyshenko defeating GLORY veteran Jonatan Oliveira and borderline top-10 kickboxer Wu Xuesong successfully returning against Ievgeni Shevchenko. In the card’s MMA action, popular Chinese fighters Zhang Lipeng and Wang Sai returned against Jan Quaeyhaegens and Koji Shikuwa, respectively.
The event kicked off at 6:00 a.m. ET on Jiangsu TV (China).