On Saturday, Sept. 17, the World League of Fighting debuted a new brand in Chinese kickboxing, Rise of Heroes. The inaugural event, Rise of Heroes 1, featured many of the promotion’s top stars in attempt to showcase the new brand of fighting in China and around the world.
In the main event of the evening, top-10 featherweight Qiu Jianliang looked to rebound from his controversial decision loss against Aziz Hlali at WLF vs The Fight League in August. Jianliang returned to China in the headliner against Dutch kickboxer Melvin Wassing.
In the rest of the action, top-10 middleweight Israel Adesanya took on French kickboxer Romain Falendry. Top Chinese MMA star Wang Guan returned to the ring against Tajikistan’s Kamardin Akhmadbekov. Wei Rui looked to remain among the world’s best 63-kilogram kickboxers in the world when he took on Belorussian Muay Thai champion Maksim Petkevich.
The event aired on a delayed broadcast on Beijing TV.
Qiu Jianliang def. Melvin Wassing by unanimous decision
Aissam Chadid def. Rungthiwa Kueabram by TKO. Round 1 – 68-kilogram tournament final
Israel Adesanya def. Romain Falendry by unanimous decision
Feng Liang def. Yun Qi by extra round decision – 60-kilogram tournament final
MMA: Wang Guan def. Kamardin Akhmadbekov by submission. Round 1
Luiz Perreira def. Talha Tunc by TKO. Round 1 – 71-kilogram tournament final
Guo Qiang def. Mose Afoa by unanimous decision
Wang Junguang def. Feng Tianhao by unanimous decision – 57-kilogram tournament final
Wei Rui def. Maksim Petkevich by extra round decision
Talha Tunc def. Li Zikai by unanimous decision – 71-kilogram tournament semifinal
Luiz Perreira def. Zhou Tao by TKO. Round 3 – 71-kilogram tournament semifinal
Aissam Chadid vs. Zhong Weipeng by unanimous decision – 68-kilogram tournament semifinal
Rungthiwa Kueabram def. Lu Jianbo by unanimous decision – 68-kilogram tournament semifinal
Feng Liang def. Sergei Kurilchenko by unanimous decision – 60-kilogram tournament semifinal
Yun Qi def. Dmitrii Sirbu by extra round decision – 60-kilogram tournament semifinal
Feng Tianhao def. Elias Mahmoudi by unanimous decision – 57-kilogram tournament semifinal
Wang Junguang def. Thapanon by TKO. Round 2 – 57-kilogram tournament semifinal