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Old 03-29-2013, 06:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC signs top Chinese Bantamweight Tuerxun Jumabieke

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The UFC has been looking to expand their reach in China, and today they took another step forward by picking up the country's top bantamweight in Jumabieke Tuerxun. The official announcement was made by the UFC on Chinese social media outlet Weibo, with iJudgeFights providing the first english report on the signing.

"The Wild Wolf" is a former Legend FC champion, and he becomes the second Chinese fighter to be signed by the UFC. He has a background in Sanda and Freestyle wrestling, and is coming off a stint with Chinese promotion, RUFF where he kept his streak and remained unbeaten in 14 professional bouts.

Bieke trains out of arguably the best camp in China in Xian Physical Education University, along side Canadian Vaughn Anderson (16-1) and fellow Chinese star Wang Guan (10-0). He also trained under Pat Healy and Brad Hannah when these Team Quest fighters spent a few weeks conducting a training camp in Xian.

The signing wasn't all that unexpected as promotions such as the UFC and Bellator have kept an eye out for him for quite some time now. As reported earlier, Bieke had declined a lengthy contract with RUFF which made him a free-agent. That would've qualified him for a championship bout with a cash prize of 1 Million RMB (roughly $150,000), and while not many in China would've declined such a lucrative deal, it looks like the prospect of fighting for the world's biggest MMA organization was the more attractive option for this 26-year-old fighter.
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I personally cannot wait to see him make his UFC debut. Wanted to see him in the UFC for a long while and think he has the potential to be a top 10 Bantamweight for sure.
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I don't know anything about him but I'd love to see a Chinese star in the UFC considering how much their culture has contributed to martial arts. Good on him for turning down money for a chance to test himself in the UFC.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is good for the UFC. They need to find a way to bring MMA into China. For a market as large as China, with a martial arts culture, it's insane that MMA is not huge there. The UFC needs to move on from pressing into Japan, and focus entirely on China. This is there gateway into the East, and becoming a worldwide sport.

Every country needs their #1 fighter; look at what GSP did with Canada and Bisping with the UK. If this cat could be the man, this could be huge. The UFC booming in China could bleed into India, which is an insanely booming market, and trickle up to Russia, which already familiar with the sport.
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