Davit Kiria (James Law/GLORY)

Kunlun Fight Announces Tournament Pairings for Kunlun Fight 51 and 52

One of the world’s largest kickboxing promotions, Kunlun Fight, announced the complete fight cards for its upcoming back-to-back shows in Fuzhou, China on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11. Kunlun Fight 51 features two quarterfinal bouts in the 2016 80-kilogram tournament and the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of the 65-kilogram welterweight championship tournament. Kunlun Fight 52 features the semifinals and finals of the 2016 100-kilogram tournament and the final qualifying fight in the round of 16 in the 2016 70-kilogram tournament.

Kunlun Fight 51 will be headlined by the 65-kilogram tournament final. The main card opens with a tournament quarterfinal between the United Kingdom’s Craig Dickson and Chinese prospect Wei Ninghui. Thailand’s Petchtanong Banchamek takes on Turkish kickboxer Buray Bozaryilmaz. Chinese youngster Meng Guodong fights Belarusian kickboxer Maksim Maruha. Kim Minsoo takes on French Muay Thai specialist Abdallah Ezbiri after upsetting former top-10 featherweight Massaro Glunder. The tournament winner will have to beat three opponents to take home the Kunlun Fight welterweight championship belt.

The stacked fight card also features two 80-kilogram tournament quarterfinals. Former GLORY welterweight champion Marc de Bonte fell from the Combat Press rankings while he was pursuing a professional boxing career. The 26-year-old Belgian will likely return to the rankings with a strong performance against Artur Gorlov in his return to kickboxing.


One of the world’s top female kickboxers returns when Kunlun Fight 60-kilogram champion Wang Kehan takes on Belgian challenger Nathalie Visschers. Enfusion veteran Pascal Koster faces WPMF champion Lu Dongqiang. Popular Chinese mixed martial artist Xiong Jingnan fights Russian Julia Borisova.

Kunlun Fight 52 features the 100-kilogram tournament and a number of strong match-ups from top to bottom. The 100-kilogram tournament sees tournament favorite Andrei Gerasimchuk take on Greek heavyweight Atha Kasapis. Popular Chinese heavyweight Ashihati hopes to keep the tournament title in his home country when he takes on Ukranian kickboxer Rogava Tsotne.

In the main event of the evening, Chinese kickboxer Wang Wanben defends his country’s honor against K-1 veteran Denis Puric. Olympic gold medalist Cai Liangchan makes his promotional debut against Phetmonkong Gaiyanghaadao. Undefeated Wardog Cage Fight champion Jo Sungbin returns to the promotion against Alateng Burigede. Former GLORY lightweight champion Davit Kiria fights 2014 Kunlun Fight 70-kilogram tournament winner Dzianis Zuev for the final place in the quarterfinals of the 2016 70-kilogram tournament. Current top-10 lightweight Anatoly Moiseev returns to Kunlun Fight in a match-up with Seyedisa Alamdrnezam.

The fight cards for the events are listed below:

Kunlun Fight 51
65-kilogram tournament final
Wang Kehan vs. Nathalie Visschers
Marc de Bonte vs. Artur Gorlov – 80-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
Pascal Koster vs. Lu Dongqiang
Winner of Maruha/Guodong vs. Ezbiri/Minsoo – 65-kilogram tournament semifinals
Winner of Dickson/Ninghui vs. Bozaryilmaz/Petchtanong – 65-kilogram tournament semifinals
Cedric Tousch vs. Dmitry Valent – 80-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
MMA: Xiong Jingnan vs. Julia Borisova
Abdallah Ezbiri vs. Kim Minsoo – 65-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
Maksim Maruha vs. Meng Guodong – 65-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
Buray Bozaryilmaz vs. Petchtanong Banchamek – 65-kilogram tournament quarterfinal
Craig Dickson vs. Wei Ninghui – 65-kilogram tournament quarterfinal

Kunlun Fight 52
Wang Wanben vs. Denis Puric
100-kilogram tournament final
Cai Liangchan vs. Phetmonkong Gaiyanghaadao
MMA: Jo Sungbin vs. Alateng Burigede
Andrei Gerasimchuk vs. Atha Kasapis – 100-kilogram tournament semifinal
Rogava Tsotne vs. Ashihati – 100-kilogram tournament semifinal
Dzianis Zuev vs. Davit Kiria – 70-kilogram tournament final 16
Ekaterina Vandaryeva vs. Ren Kailin
Seyedisa Alamdrnezam vs. Anatoly Moiseev
MMA: Flavio Carvalho vs. Asikerbai Jinensibieke
Kim Hwatae vs. Zhang Chunyu
Behzad Rezmanesh vs. Hua Xu