Originally Posted by No_Mercy
Anyone else feel that the Asian fighters put on much stronger performances seeing the fights was closer to their backyard. They usually tend to fade out towards the latter rounds, but none seem to have any issues.
Points to consider.
- major time difference + jet lag = lack of sleep
- different cuisines which would make it harder to adapt.
Food = energy
- training facilities
- dealing with interviews in a foreign territory
- not getting much fan support
Heck even Cung put on a career defining performance as he acknowledged where the Sanshou routes came from.
Out of your points I would only agree on the jet lag issue. Other than that, Asia is NOT a homogenous entity. In fact, there are quite some struggles between the different countries. The major countries have historical issues (in particular wars and war crimes) between each other. China and Japan basically hate each other, Korea and Japan have similar grudges because of war(s). Even at the moment there are territory conflicts between China and Japan about an isle between their coasts (where there's probably oil fields beneath it). China is communist, Korea and Japan are democratic. So for non-Chinese fighters (which were all but one), China is as much a foreign territory as Cuba would be for US fighters, even though it's on the same continent.
But the jet leg issue can really be a hard one. It may very well have quite an impact on their performance.
For the UFC wanting to enter the Chinese market it kind of sucks that Tiequan Zhang of all fighters that night didn't get the win as he was the only Chinese fighter.