Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation to pioneer Chinese MMA

In covering the MMA scene in Asia, I've maintained that the battle for MMA supremacy will take place in Japan. However, the aftermath could find home in China. The two videos below are from an upstart promotion called Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation, or RUFF for short. According to their website, they are officially the first government sanctioned mixed martial arts promotion in China. They have adopted the Unified Rules of MMA and will utilize a cage. Their first event, titled "Genesis," is scheduled to debut on March 5.

I still don't know who the hell these guys are, but according to their website, and as you can see in the (bottom) video below, they have partnered with Nike and Ducati -- that's BIG! I'm just surprised we haven't heard more about this organization, but trust, you will from here on out. Stay tuned...

RUFF: The future of MMA in China 

The Wushu Administrative Center of The General Administration of Sport of China and Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (RUFF) are proud to present RUFF Genesis, the first ever government-sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event in China.
MMA brings together the best fighters and athletes in the world, combining the skills and techniques from top martial arts and fighting styles, producing a single, respected discipline. Once considered a violent “no holds barred“ competition, MMA has become the purest sport in the world, its athletes trained in every aspect of combat.

Already the fastest growing sport in history, MMA has taken the western world by storm, and is now ready to come to China as RUFF Genesis. Given China's long history of high-level international competition, and its ancestral ties to the martial arts, RUFF is excited to bridge the gap between the two fighting cultures, introducing MMA to China and growing the sport on a local and national level.

RUFF’s main objective is to provide the Chinese public with the best possible entertainment from the very beginning, using local knowledge and talent to adapt the combat and show for a Chinese audience, producing real fights and real entertainment.

•To create and manage a professionally-trained and regulated fighting league of the highest possible level to introduce Mixed Martial Arts as a highly technical and fast paced sport with world-class athletes, as in any other major sport.
•To encourage individuals and families to lead healthier lifestyles and to assist them in reaching their martial arts and fitness-related goals. We strive to touch the lives of as many individuals as possible with the positive benefits of martial arts. The discipline and level of general health required for the learning and mastering of a martial art are great character-builders, and a great way to keep China's youth healthy in body and spirit.
•To entertain the Chinese public with real fights, with absolutely no staging or script.
•To create a regulated, respected and recognized organization, with a large emphasis on the safetyof the fighters at all times.
•To become the premier MMA league in China, and indeed Asia, by setting a new standard in professionalism, production quality and fighter safety.
•To become a cornerstone of televised sports entertainment in China, with a growth comparable to the rise of MMA in the US.


  1. The "RUFF Genesis" fight has actually been pushed back to April, but check out RUFF's news section for the latest updates and MMA China information.

  2. I like what RUFF is trying to do, went to the first show, was a good first effort. There are also a couple of other organizations in China including Legend FC who have a lot of Chinese fighters and I see they on Saturday nights on Shanghai TV. Good luck to these guys in China its a rough market and we need MMA here