On Sunday, Jan. 1, Kunlun Fight debuted at the Mangrove Tree International Convention Center in Sanya, China for Kunlun Fight Kickboxing 56.

The 2016 64-man, 70-kilogram tournament champion was crowned when tournament semifinalists Davit Kiria, Jomthong Chuwattana, Superbon Bamchamek and Cedric Manhoef battled to become the third Kunlun Fight 70-kilogram tournament champion. In the semifinals, former multiple-time Rajadamnern stadium champion Jomthong took on former GLORY lightweight champion Kiria and 2015 semifinalist Superbon Banchamek fought Surinamese-Dutch prospect Cedric Manhoef.

In the evening’s main card action, the world’s most popular Muay Thai fighter, Buakaw Banchamek, returned against Chinese prospect and 2016 70-kilogram tournament quarter-finalist Tian Xin. Top-15 lightweight Mohamed Mezouari took on 2014 Kunlun Fight 70-kilogram tournament champion Dzianis Zuev. China’s Wu Xuesong met another tough challenger in Belorussian Muay Thai specialist Andrei Kulebin.


The event aired live at 12:30 a.m. ET on YY.com and the Kunlun Fight App.

Buakaw Banchamek def. Tian Xin by unanimous decision
Wei Ninghui def. Juan Javier Barragan by knockout (right hook). Round 1
Gu Hui def. Sergei Kuliaba by unanimous decision
Superbon Banchamek def. Jomthong Chuwattana by knockout (right cross). Round 3 – 70-kilogram tournament final
Andrei Kulebin def. Wu Xuesong by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
Superbon Banchamek def. Cedric Manhoef by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-28, 30-27, 30-27) – 70-kilogram tournament semifinal
Jomthong Chuwattana def. Davit Kiria by extra round unanimous decison (10-9×5) – 70-kilogram tournament semifinal
Khayal Dzhaniev def. Arthit Hanchana by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-29, 30-27, 30-29, 30-28)
Mohamed Mezouari def. Dzianis Zuev by unanimous decision (29-26 x5)
Andrei Gerasimchuk def. Felipe Micheletti by unanimous decision (28-27 x3)
Wang Wenfeng def. Denis Puric by majority decision (29-29, 30-28, 29-28)
Parviz Abdullayev def. Ma Shuo by decision
Li Xiaomao def. Lin Zhiqiang by TKO (body punch). Round 1
Zhang Yansong def. Zhu Baotong by decision