Kunlun Fight 43 took place this past weekend in Zhoukou, China. The event featured a re-match between Artur Kyshenko and Murthel Groenhart as well as groups I and J of the promotions 70kg world tournament qualifiers.
Artur Kyshenko was knocked out by Murthel Groenhart in their first fight back in 2012, but this time around it was a different story. Kyshenko controlled the ring and pressed the action from the start. It seemed he was a step ahead of Groenhart throughout the fight, but an extra round was called for. In the extra round, Kyshenko again took control and won on the judges scorecards.
In tournament action Sittichai Sitsongpeenong added yet another tournament win to his resume, but it wasn’t easy. In the final of the tournament against Mohamed Mezouari he was knocked down by a punch in the first round and was in survival mode. It looked as if Mezouari would pull off the upset, but after the first round it was all Sittichai. The fight went to an extra round where Sittichai secured the victory by decision.
In the night’s other tournament Kong Lingfeng secured his spot in the world tournament by defeating Josh Aragon and Kim Minsoo.