WLF World Championship 2016 took place in Henan, China this past weekend and the event featured a stacked fight card and a 67kg one night 8-man tournament.
Giorgio Petrosyan saw his first action of 2016 against Jiao Fukai. Petrosyan and Fukai both came out exchanging as soon as this one started. Early on both fighters were letting some wild punches fly, not what we have become accustomed to from Petrosyan. After a delay to start the second round because Fukai had a leg cramp, Petrosyan established himself in the second. Petrosyan began to land more accurately in round two as he constantly kept Fukai cornered. A knee to the body dropped Fukai and it seemed like that might be the end of the fight, but Fuaki made it out of the round. Despite making it back to his corner the fight ended in between the second and third rounds when Fukai’s corner through in the towel. Solid win for Petrosyan to start his 2016 campaign, which is looking like it will be a busy one.
The centerpiece of the event was the 8-man 67kg tournament, and it lived up to the billing. The final saw Andrei Kulebin vs. Qiu Jiangliang. Kulebin defeated Jie Feng and Xie Lei by decision to make his way to the final, while Jiangliang defeated Nathan Robson by decision and Lu Jianbo by KO to earn his spot. The final between the two started off fast with both fighters immediately looking to exchange strikes. Kulebin entered the fight with a cut that he sustained in the tournament quarterfinals already bleeding, but it didn’t slow him down. Both men were going back and forth when about midway through the first round Kulebin attempted a knee to the body which Jiangliang countered with a right hand. Kulebin staggered and hit the canvas and it was over. Kulebin was not out cold, but could not continue. It was an impressive tournament win by Jiangliang.
In other action Fang Biang won an extra round decision over Cedric Doumbe and Wei Rui defeated Pakorn PK Saenchaimuaythaigym for a second time in as many months.