REBEL FC X - The New Order
REBEL FC Enters Exciting New Territory
• REBEL FC becomes the first Southeast Asian MMA sports entertainment company to host an MMA event in Europe
• Top China Fighters involved in Championship Title Bouts
• Event poised to propel REBEL FC and its China stars onto the global stage
SINGAPORE & SHANGHAI, 20 NOVEMBER 2019 – REBEL Fighting Championship (“REBEL FC”), Singapore’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) sports entertainment company, writes a new chapter in its storied history with an upcoming event in Moscow, Russia.
Scheduled to be hosted on 11 January 2020 at the Wings of Soviet Sports Hall in the vicinity of the iconic Red Square, REBEL FC X – The New Order, marks REBEL FC’s maiden voyage outside of Asia, after staging its previous events in China and Singapore.
This is a significant step-up for REBEL FC in terms of international exposure, and pitting REBEL FC’s Chinese aces against the world’s best will not only elevate REBEL FC as a serious global player in competitive MMA but realise its long-term vision of making superstars out of Chinese MMA talent and bringing the sport to mainstream audiences in China.
“We are very thrilled at the opportunity to work with our Russian partners for REBEL FC X – The New Order. It signifies our intent to elevate our Chinese MMA athletes to superstardom. The two headline bouts of Fight Night will involve the cream of China MMA – Wang Shuo, defending REBEL FC Bantamweight (61kg) champion, and Yibugele, who will be contesting REBEL FC’s inaugural lightweight (70kg) title. Wang will face off against Aydin Kodekov of Kazakhstan and Yibugele, against Gazavat Suleymanov of Russia,” explains Justin Leong, CEO of REBEL FC.
“REBEL FC X – The New Order in Russia, apart from being a platform that can showcase China MMA talent internationally, is also a great opportunity to foster closer sporting and cultural ties between Russia and China, two countries that enjoy a close partnership under China’s Belt and Road Initiative,” adds Justin.
REBEL FC is in the midst of finalising its broadcast partners in Russia, which will significantly increase REBEL FC’s viewership and awareness not only in China, but in Russia. Previously, for REBEL FC 9 – Return of the Champion, held on 7 September 2019, the promotion garnered a 25.45 million viewership from both TV and digital platforms, a 96 percent increase from the average viewership of its two events – REBEL FC 7 – Fight for Honour and REBEL FC 8 – A Warrior’s Return – in 2018.
REBEL FC X – THE NEW ORDER HEADLINE FIGHTS
CO-MAIN EVENT: Lightweight Title Fight (70kg) – Yibugele (China) VS Gazavat Suleymanov (Russia)
1. Yibugele (伊布格勒)
Nickname: The Eagle (雄鹰)
Association: Dragon Warrior
Weight Class: Featherweight (66kg)
Style: Kickboxing, Wrestling
Accomplishments: 2017 Jingwu Men Lightweight (70kg) Champion
Yibugele has been training in MMA for 15 years since his mid-teens to focus on the sport. He has always enjoyed the rush and challenge of physical combat and gets immense satisfaction from winning and therefore decided the life of an MMA athlete is one he wants to lead. Yibugele is a dedicated athlete, training five hours every day of the week.
Like most combat athletes, his family is against his career in MMA but he persevered and won them over with his determination to succeed in his chosen profession. Born in Inner Mongolia, Yibugele is well versed in wrestling and loves a good, crunching takedown to stun and defeat his opponent. He is no slouch in the stand-up aspect of his game, and also savours knocking out his rivals with either a powerful kick or punch. Yibugele will start his bout against Russia's Gazavat Suleymanov on a high after defeating his compatriot Chen Liang Hui in a regional tournament on 26 October 2019 in Hohhot City in China.
2. Gazavat Suleymanov (卡扎瓦·苏雷曼诺夫)
Association: Krepost Team
Weight Class: Lightweight (70kg)
Style: Muay Thai
Accomplishments: Muay Thai World Champion (Russia); Two-time Russian kickboxing Champion; FCF-MMA Title Challenger
Suleymanov started his journey into combat sports by wrestling as a young boy before shifting full focus to Muay Thai. Although he prefers to knock out opponents with the sheer might of his thumping kicks to their body, Suleymanov is not averse to falling back on his wrestling foundation and giving his challenger a good slam. He will go into the inaugural REBEL FC Lightweight title fight with confidence on the back of a triangle choke submission win over compatriot Valdimir Grozdev in King of Valor Russia Krasnoyarsk on 9 November 2019.
MAIN EVENT, Bantamweight Title Fight (61kg) – Wang Shuo (China) VS Aydin Kodekov (Kazakhstan)
1. Wang Shuo (王硕)
Nickname: Little Whirlwhind (小旋风)
Association: Qingdao Xinjiang International Fight Club
Weight Class: Bantamweight (61kg)
Style: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Wrestling, MMA
Accomplishments: ASPERA FC Bantamweight (61kg) Champion, Jingwu Men Team Championship, REBEL FC Bantamweight (61kg) Champion
Wang Shuo was bitten by the martial arts bug when he started practising Muay Thai in Guangzhou at the age of ten. After completing his junior high school, he started taking part in Muay Thai competitions in China as well as Thailand. He began training in MMA at the age of 21 when he realised the sport added more diversity to his skillset. Wang now trains 6 days a week. Each day he focuses on whole-body fitness conditioning, BJJ, wrestling and MMA.
Unlike most combat sport athletes whose family members worry about their loved ones getting injured, Wang’s family is very supportive of him. This gives him added motivation to train harder, especially when he is now going to defend his hard-won REBEL FC bantamweight title from Shuhei Sakano of Japan with a unanimous decision in REBEL FC 9 – Return of the Champion.
2. Aydin Kodekov (艾登.科德凯夫)
Nickname: Tank (坦克)
Association: Team Ironclad Global and NAMYS
Weight Class: Bantamweight (61kg)
Style: MMA and Pankration
Accomplishments: Octagon MMA Lightweight Champion
Kodekov had his first taste of MMA in 2015 when his friend invited him to an MMA training session. He immediately took to the sport and has since made a professional career out of the sport. Before that, he was an electromechanical technician. While his family members were initially apprehensive of his switch from a stable job to something that entails financial and health risks, they are now fully behind him, supporting him in MMA competitions whenever they could. Kodekov prefers the stand-up side of MMA, distracting his rivals with hard kicks before raining a series of punches on them. His bout against a similarly strategic and skilled Wang Shuo is a worthy of its title fight status.
Aside from REBEL FC Fight Night’s two main bouts, there will also be 10 more international quality bouts on 11 Jan 2020. It will be the first time REBEL FC will be having 12 fights. In previous REBEL FC events, the promotion either had nine or ten fights. The full fight card is as follows:
FULL FIGHT CARD*
1. International Fight 1 – Featherweight (66kg) Division: Stanislav Ermolov (Russia) VS Ahnar (China)
2. International Fight 2 – Catchweight (100kg) Division: Nosherwan (Pakistan) VS Vadium Valujev (Lithuania)
3. International Fight 3 – Featherweight (66kg) Division: Anvar Alizhanov (Russia) VS Zaka Fatulladze (Sweden)
4. International Fight 4 – Welterweight (77kg) Division: Vitaliy Li (Russia) VS Dan Vinni (England)
5. International Fight 5 – Lightweight (70kg) Division: Kamil Magomedov (Russia) VS Asikerbai Jinensebieke (China)
6. International Fight 6 – Middleweight (84kg) Division: Ayub Gimbatov (Russia) VS Steve Kennedy (Australia)
7. International Fight 7 – Middleweight (84kg) Division: Abusupyan Alikhanov (Russia) VS Leonardo Sinis (Greece)
8. International Fight 8 – Lightweight (70kg) Division: Ademir Silva (Brazil) VS Abdulmutalip Gayirbegov (Russia)
9. International Fight 9 – Featherweight (66kg) Division: Ali Magomedkhanov (Russia) VS Arthur Stakhniuk (Ukraine)
10. International Fight 10 – Heavyweight (120kg) Division: Glenn Sparv (Finland) VS Shannon Ritch (USA)
11. Co-Main Event – Lightweight (70kg) Title Fight: Gazavat Suleymanov (Russia) VS Yibugele (China)
12. Main Event – Bantamweight (61kg) Title Fight: Wang Shuo (China) VS Aydin Kodekov (Kazakhstan)
*Fight Card can be subject to changes due to injuries or unforeseen circumstances
High-Res fighter photos and event posters for REBEL FC X – The New Order can be downloaded in this link >>> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cq0i7aviaes04gg/AAAsNOLE0leqp8oJWh5hX1zka?dl=0