On Sunday, Feb. 26, Kunlun Fight returned to the Mangrove Tree International Convention Center in Sanya, China for Kunlun Fight Kickboxing 57.

In the evening’s tournament action, Mohamed Mezouari and Andrei Kulebin qualified for the 2017 Kunlun Fight 70-kilogram final 16 with two victories in one night. Mezouari dispatched of Arman Hambaryan in the semifinals and stopped Danilo Zanolini with a strong left body kick in the finals. Belarusian Andrei Kulebin defeated Belgium’s Ali Makhi and China’s Kong Lingfeng to qualify for the biggest tournament in combat sports.

In the night’s action, top-five kickboxer Yodsanklai Fairtex made his long awaited return to the ring after more than a year outside of the sport due to an injury. Wei Ninghui started his 2017 campaign off with a victory over Kompetch Fairtex. Chinese national wushu champion Ye Xiang knocked out WBC Muay Thai heavyweight world champion Steven Banks in his kickboxing debut.

The event aired live on YY.com.

FULL RESULTS
Andrei Kulebin def. Kong Lingfeng by decision – 70-kilogram tournament group 2 final
Mohamed Mezouari def. Danilo Zanolini by knockout (left body kick). Round 1 – 70-kilogram tournament group 1 final
Lin Qiangbang def. Italo Freitas by knockout (left hook). Round 3
Ye Xiang def. Steven Banks by TKO (punches). Round 1
Wei Ninghui def. Kompetch Fairtex by decision
Law Chosing def. Krit by knockout (punches). Round 1
Yodsanklai Fairtex def. Sayfullah Hambakhadov by TKO (corner stoppage). Round 2
Andrei Kulebin def. Ali Makhi by decision – 70-kilogram tournament group 2 semifinal
Kong Lingfeng def. Daniel Corbeanu by TKO (strikes). Round 2 – 70-kilogram tournament group 2 semifinal
Mohamed Mezouari def. Arman Hambaryan by decision – 70-kilogram tournament group 1 semifinal
Danilo Zanolini def. Hua Xu by decision – 70-kilogram tournament group 1 semifinal

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Zach Aittama
Staff Writer

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 two amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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