Legend Fighting Championship will hold “Legend 13” at the prestigious MGM Theater in Macau on September 14, 2019. In the main event, knockout artist Liu Lian Jie returns to meet China’s top submission specialist Yuan Chunbo in a classic striker vs grappler match-up.
The two competitors were originally due to clash in 2016. But Yuan was forced to withdraw from the highly anticipated bout due to an injury.
Hailing from Southeast China and living in Beijing, Liu is a veteran of Chinese MMA. Since he started his training in the famed Shaolin Temple, he has established himself as a knockout artist with aggressive ground-and-pound, fast hands and a solid wrestling pedigree.
Liu comes to “Legend 13” riding a three-fight win streak. His most recent victory is a split-decision win over Du Li Le at “Legend 12.”
Hailing from China’s Northeast and living in Guangzhou, Yuan defeated rising star Yi Zha at “Legend 12.” The impressive heel hook submission by Yuan had Yi limping out of the cage before the second round while the former had barely broken a sweat.
“This fight has been three years in the making and we couldn’t be more excited for it to headline our debut at the MGM Theater,” Legend FC founding board member and Paradigm Sports Management president Audie Attar. “Both men are coming off wins at ‘Legend 12’ and will be hungry to keep that momentum going into ‘Legend 13.’”
Legend FC is also pleased to announce the return of the one-night tournament format with a four-man 80kg tournament to bring the striking art of Sanda to the world stage. The tournament semi-finals will follow modified Sanda rules of the Hong Kong-based mixed martial arts organization.
Winners will then meet in the finals where the rules will change to full Legend FC MMA rules. These allow athletes to pursue attacks on a grounded opponent.
“Making this Sanda tournament a central part of ‘Legend 13’ shows just how committed we are to bringing Sanda to a global stage,” Attar said. “These top tier Sanda fighters will go toe-to-toe in a never been done before format wearing Legend FC MMA gloves, in a cage, for five minute rounds.”
Some of China’s biggest MMA stars including Li Jingliang, Zhang Tiequan, Wang Guan and Wang Sai started their combat sports journey with Sanda. Here is a clip featuring Li: