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.
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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.