Battle Royale: Ascension - Rebel Fighting Championship

20th October 2015

MasterCard Center, Beijing


BATTLE ROYALE: ASCENSION - REBEL FC's 8-Man Knockout Tournament Returns with a Vengeance!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 7PM

MasterCard Center, Beijing, China

REBEL Fighting Championship's (FC) maiden event in China - The PROMISED ONES - got off to an auspicious start on 27 June 2015 at the Qingdao Sports Center Stadium when a near-capacity crowd turned up to cheer on its hometown hero Liu Wen Bo as well as up-and-coming Chinese Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstars Song Ke Nan, Qing Ge Le, Bao Yin Na, Yao Hong Gang and Makshati Sailik. Now, REBEL FC is back in China., this time in the cosmopolitan capital city of Beijing.

Scheduled to be held on 20 October 2015 at the MasterCard Center, REBEL FC's second event will centre on its popular 8-Man knockout tournament. This format was first introduced in August 2014 with REBEL FC 2: BATTLE ROYALE in Singapore. It was a featherweight tournament that started from the quarter-finals in Singapore and reached thrilling heights with the semi-finals and grand final as part of the Main Card and Co-Main Event respectively in Qingdao as part of THE PROMISED ONES' fight card. The climax of BATTLE ROYALE saw the crowning of REBEL FC's inaugural featherweight champion, Kleber Koike of Brazil, who defeated widely regarded as the best MMA bantamweight fighter of all time, Miguel Torres of America, also formerly of WEC and UFC.

Dubbed BATTLE ROYALE: ASCENSION ,REBEL FC's second event is a welterweight tournament (77kg). The quarter-finals will involve eight top-level international MMA fighters battling for a place in the semi-finals and eventually, the welterweight championship belt. The semi-finals and grand final of BATTLE ROYALE: ASCENSION will be hosted on another yet-to-be confirmed date and venue. Among the competitors are rising China MMA stars Song Ke Nan and Qing Ge Le, the controversial and powerhouse of a man who has competed in illustrious promotions such as PRIDE, Strikforce and UFC, American Phil Baroni as well as Russian heavy hitter Muslim Salikhov.

The Battle Royale: Ascension quarters are as follow:

1. Qing Ge Le (China) vs William Namoa (New Zealand)

2. Muslim Salikhov (Russia) vs Hideto Tatsumi (Japan)

3. Ole Laursen (Denmark) vs Dan Enson Hyatt (Australia)

4. Song Ke Nan (China) vs Phil Baroni (USA)

Aside from the Battle Royale : Ascension quarter-finals, there will be four-international level fights. They are:

1. Featherweight division (66kg) – Ma Jia Wen (China) vs Wilson Managuio (Philippines)

2. Light Heavyweight division (93kg) – Unconfirmed fighter (TBA) vs Randall Rayment (Australia)

3. Strawweight division (52kg) – May Ooi (Singapore) vs Zhang Wei Li (China)

4. Featherweight division (66kg) – Bruno Miranda (Brazil) vs Mario Sismundo (Philippines)

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