For mixed martial arts fans in China, tonight will be huge. At 10pm Beijing time, the 12-episode program of The Ultimate Fighter China (TUF China) will premiere on Liaoning Satellite TV channel. Aside from TV coverage, the show will also be streamed online for free with a 30-minute delay on Sohu, a major Chinese news portal, and also on PPTV and iQIYI, two video platforms.
After watching RUFF11 last Saturday, we posed our doubts and concerns about the show. A week later, Joel Resnick, CEO and Co-Founder of RUFF China, spoke with us on the questions we raised and even more.
We published Joel’s answers below hoping that they’re not only here for the sake of clarification, but also help create a dialogue on the sport of mixed martial arts in China
Your correspondent spent his last evening last night watching RUFF 11 and have some initial thoughts after the show. For those of you unfamiliar, RUFF is a Shanghai-based mix martial arts organization founded in 2007. While RUFF prides itself on being the first MMA organization sanctioned by China's national sports bureau, the show last night was far from convincing to be successful.
Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin is no stranger to making the headlines in Chinese and foreign media circles, and this time it has been no different.
In September, China's richest man announced the launch of the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis complex in the eastern province of Shandong with a bevy of well-known Chinese and international film stars such Huang Xiaoming and Leonardo Di Caprio on hand.
My problem with the city is not so much in infrastructure, but the air we breathe. While the media attention is on Beijing and Shanghai most of the time, air quality in Chengdu just gets worse every year. In the latest Annual Report of Environment Development in China compiled by Friends of Nature, a Beijing-based NGO, Chengdu was listed fourth in the most polluted cities ranking.
All of the hype for two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming’s professional debut was finally put out of the way on late night Saturday as the flyweight boxer recorded his first victory over Mexico’s Eleazar Valenzuela in a four-round match in the special administrative region of Macao.
Liang Daoxing, former mayor of Shenzhen, was expelled from China’s communist party for “disciplinary violations and suspected of crimes”, according to the party disciplinary authorities in Guangdong. Liang’s downfall was linked with graft in 2011 Shenzhen Summer Universiad.
A busy week began for David Beckham, who was recently appointed as Chinese football’s first-ever ambassador, at an elementary school yesterday in Beijing. The former England captain received gifts from schoolgirls, learned to write his nickname in Chinese calligraphy, and talked to media at a press conference in the school auditorium that was aired live on CCTV, the national broadcaster.
It's been discussed for very long that whether Zou Shiming, China's two time Olympics gold medalist, would pursue a career in professional boxing. The talks floated first after the Beijing Olympics and, again, after Mr.Zou successfully defended his gold medal in light flyweight last summer in London.
The news came out earlier this week that Zou is signed by Top Rank, a Las Vegas-based boxing promotion firm, and is preparing for his first pro fight this April in Macao.
With the new year in its infancy comes another season of action on the world’s tennis courts, and this year it seems there will be an exciting one ahead for fans of the sport.
The 2013 Women’s Tennis Association Tour (WTA) could be a wide open competition this year as there does not seem to be one player who will be dominant in the field. Of course the usual suspects such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska will most certainly be attempting to claim as many of the majors as well as finish atop of the rankings by the end of the season.