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Old 12-16-2008, 04:15 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Finally: A lot of other countreys don't have wrestling in collage (and very few MMA/BJJ gyms); very few doors to MMA while you are young (while, again, in the US we see a ton of talented young fighters, often wrestlers).
This is a very good point. The US has had a strong wrestling program for quite some time and Brazil has a strong JJ program. Those techniques transfer into MMA really well
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Seems like all Chinese MMA fighters are fighting in that Chinese organization, Art of War (http://www.mmachina.com:81/en/)

I have no idea what the level of the fighters is there, but I find it strange that not a single Chinese citizen seems to be fighting abroad.

Looking through AOW:s rules it seems to me though that their rules are a mixture of UFC and Pride rules, with the notable exception that a fight that goes the distance apparently automatically is ruled a draw.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:23 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I have no idea what the level of the fighters is there, but I find it strange that not a single Chinese citizen seems to be fighting abroad.
I think will be seeing a lot of chinese fighters in the UFC in about 15-20 years from now, when sport becomes more popular there than it's right now.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:30 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Seems like all Chinese MMA fighters are fighting in that Chinese organization, Art of War (http://www.mmachina.com:81/en/)

I have no idea what the level of the fighters is there, but I find it strange that not a single Chinese citizen seems to be fighting abroad.

Looking through AOW:s rules it seems to me though that their rules are a mixture of UFC and Pride rules, with the notable exception that a fight that goes the distance apparently automatically is ruled a draw.
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The only sport I can think of with more international athletes in the US is hockey. There are tons of fighters from all over Europe (Croatia, Armenia, Netherlands, UK, France, Germany), Asia (Japan, Korea, Russia), Brazil and even Africa. I think you don't see more Chinese fighters for a couple of reasons, first it's very much a closed society still, second it's much more difficult to get permission for Chinese athletes to live abroad, and third and probably most importantly MMA as we know it is not that big of a sport over there. In a country of a billion people you would expect to have some seepage, but then again how many Indian (dot not feather) fighters do you see in MMA? Not many, again they have their own sports and MMA probably isn't really culturally relevant to some countries.
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The only sport I can think of with more international athletes in the US is hockey. There are tons of fighters from all over Europe (Croatia, Armenia, Netherlands, UK, France, Germany), Asia (Japan, Korea, Russia), Brazil and even Africa. I think you don't see more Chinese fighters for a couple of reasons, first it's very much a closed society still, second it's much more difficult to get permission for Chinese athletes to live abroad, and third and probably most importantly MMA as we know it is not that big of a sport over there. In a country of a billion people you would expect to have some seepage, but then again how many Indian (dot not feather) fighters do you see in MMA? Not many, again they have their own sports and MMA probably isn't really culturally relevant to some countries.
You are forgetting about basketball! Some of the NBA's top players are from another country. The Spurs are pretty well known for their diverse roster.

Also, for a Chinese fighter to be good enough to come to the UFC, he or she would also need the approval of his or her training camp and any other people who are close. Being Chinese myself, honor is a huge deal in our culture.
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I think you don't see more Chinese fighters for a couple of reasons, first it's very much a closed society still, second it's much more difficult to get permission for Chinese athletes to live abroad, and third and probably most importantly MMA as we know it is not that big of a sport over there. In a country of a billion people you would expect to have some seepage, but then again how many Indian (dot not feather) fighters do you see in MMA? Not many, again they have their own sports and MMA probably isn't really culturally relevant to some countries.
I think that's pretty much it.

As for Indian fighters, Kultar Gill is the only one I can think of, and he's actually Canadian.
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mma will mos def blow up in china pretty soon...martial arts to the chinese is as old as time..second nature if you will...

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I honestly think it's because China is communist. There aren't many Chinese people who just emigrate to other countries because they don't have the money and/or are not allowed to. And those who have money... why would they emigrate in the first place?

The real question is, why has there never been Muay Thai master from Thailand in the UFC? One would think that he could train some grappling defense and totally own.
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I honestly think it's because China is communist. There aren't many Chinese people who just emigrate to other countries because they don't have the money and/or are not allowed to. And those who have money... why would they emigrate in the first place?
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And I think another big reason for this is that the Chinese fighters wich are mostly the Shaolin fighters live in a cloister and don't even think about to practise there Kung fu as a Sport. This is more a chinese philosophy for them, not a Sport like it is at most parts of the world.

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I don't understand that either The Thais have so many great fighters and nobody practised as an MMA fighter.

Buakaw Por. Pramuk he is the only famous Thai K-1 fighter I know. And he has beaten many elite fighters! And won many many titels in his career. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buakaw_Por._Pramuk

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