Two Filipinos featured at REBEL FC’s China return

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SOUTHEAST Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion REBEL Fighting Championship makes its return in China next month which has two Filipinos featured in the fight card.

Happening at the Hongkou Indoor Stadium in Shanghai on Sept. 7, “REBEL FC 9: Return of the Champion” will be headlined by one world-class bout and two title fights with fighters from China and around the world including Russia, Japan, the Philippines, Brazil, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and the United States.

The Philippines will be represented in the event by lightweight fighters Jaypee Espinosa and Reydon Romero.

Mr. Espinosa (1-4) is to face Russian Anvar Alizhanov (7-2) while Mr. Romero (12-7) battles Anvar Ammirli of Azerbaijan (8-0).

Also featured at REBEL FC 9 is the featherweight super fight between Yibugele of China against Ali Magomedkhanov of Russia. Co-headlining is the bantamweight title fight between Chinese Wang Shuo and Japanese Shuhei Sakano.

Headlining the card is the middleweight title fight of Wang Sai of China against Phil Baroni of the United States.

Making its return to China, REBEL FC said it is very excited of the opportunity in relation to its goal of making the brand known globally.

“We are very proud of our progress in building REBEL FC into a truly global MMA brand, made possible by the years of support from our fighters and loyal fans from around the world. Our goal is to become the world’s leading MMA tournament, with China as a key market where we estimate there are 300 million martial arts fans and 30 million MMA fans,” said Justin Leong, CEO of REBEL FC, in a statement. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo