On Monday, 21 June, ONE Championship officially signed three Chinese athletes to its already deep roster of martial artists.
Superstar kickboxer Qiu Jianliang and talented mixed martial artists “The Prince” Banma Duoji and “The Warrior” Zhang Lipeng all joined the organization, and each will look to make an impact in their respective divisions.
Qiu is a multiple-time Kickboxing World Champion who’s considered China’s top pound-for-pound kickboxer and enters the promotion with 17 consecutive wins. He’ll be competing in the ONE Super Series bantamweight kickboxing division, which is currently ruled by Capitan Petchyindee Academy.
The Chinese striker will undoubtedly try to challenge Capitan and become the second person from China to win ONE gold.
“I am very honored to join ONE Championship, the world’s largest martial arts organization. I am excited to take my professional fighting career to the next level,” Qui said.
“Right now, Xiong Jing Nan is the only Chinese ONE World Champion, but that will soon change. I want to make history as the first-ever male ONE World Champion from China.”
Banma will join his compatriot in ONE Championship, where he will compete in mixed martial arts as a strawweight.
As for Zhang, he will compete in mixed martial arts as a lightweight. He’s best known for becoming the “The Ultimate Fighter: China” winner in 2014, which led him to compete in top-level promotions across the globe.
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