REBEL FC’s reigning Welterweight Champion Adriano Balby leads a very colourful life. When he was young, he felt restless and decided to pick up martial arts as a form of exercise and also for self-defence. Later, he attained professional certifications for data processing and physical education but decided to work as a forklift operator. However, the love for martial arts proved too strong and Balby decided to become a professional in the MMA circuit. Balby’s finest hour came on 12 August 2017 at REBEL FC 5 – Quest for Glory – when he won the REBEL FC welterweight championship in Shanghai, China by defeating David Hulett of the United States in the semi-final and Andy Wang of China in the grand final.
As someone who idolises boxing legend Mike Tyson and the MMA great, fellow Brazilian Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira as well as goes through a punishing routine of 7 hours of physical training, 9 hours of MMA and 16 hours of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu every week, Balby’s match-up against the equally experienced and powerful Wang Sai will be a spectacle for everyone on fight night. Also, he will be going up one weight class – from welterweight to Middleweight – to do battle with Wang, who is an accomplished champion in the Middleweight division in China. Will Balby prove he can be as good in a Middleweight fight as he is a REBEL FC welterweight champion? Tune in to REBEL FC 9 – Battle for the Kingdom to find out!