During this MMA hiatus, we’ve taken to scouting globe, honing in on five favorite prospects from each country/territory.
So far, we’ve put the spotlight on Australia/New Zealand, and Canada. This time out, we’ll be looking at China. In MMA terms, China is a nation that is still growing, but it captured the world’s attention when Weili Zhang won the UFC strawweight championship. Outside of Zhang, notable fighters from China include Jingliang Li, Song Kenan, Song Yadong, and Wu Yanan. Not to mention ONE Championship’s Xiong Jing Nan.
Featherweight, Zhenhong Lu (18-6)
Strawweight, Bo Meng (14-5)
Bo Meng is the only person that holds a win over UFC strawweight champion Weili Zhang, which looks pretty darn good now. Meng is a well-rounded combatant who has a lot of power in her hands. Enough to stop someone with just one punch. She’s rapid with her output throwing with her hands and mixing in kicks. She’s an even better wrestler with ferocious ground and pound.
Featherweight, Kai Wen Li (10-4)
Li Kai Wen is a banger of a fighter who is very fun to watch. He joined ONE Championship in 2014 and has remained there since. He has eleven fights for the promotion and is 9-2, on a current four-fight win streak. Crazy enough, Li is only 24-years-old. Li’s main goal, once he gets in the cage is to put on a show. He bites down on his mouthpiece and slings heavy leather. He has the fastest knockout in ONE Championship history with a thirteen-second KO. He hasn’t shown it much but does have a ground game and wrestling to fall back on. But then, he hasn’t really needed to show it yet.
Lightweight, Xie Bin (8-2)
Bantamweight, Liucai Cui (24-5)
Liucai Cui by far has the most experience of any fighter on this list, with 29 total fights despite being only 29-years-old. He’s a well-rounded seasoned fighter who is on a big 13-fight win streak. Cui has finished fights on both the mat, from ground and pound and submission, to a TKO and knockout on the feet. He’s an explosive fighter who is very fun to watch who will catch the audience’s attention in just one fight.