No Holds Barred: Bill Eng on MMA and Sanda in China

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No Holds Barred: Bill Eng on MMA and Sanda in China

Post by nhbnews on Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:26 am





On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with fighter manager Bill Eng.

Bill was born in New York but has lived in China for many years, and was visiting New York this week. We spoke with him Sunday in New York's Chinatown.

The MMA and combat sports scenes are booming in China today, but not a lot about them is known by many people in the West.

"There are a lot of organizers, organizations local in each province, in each major capital city itself," he said, running fight events.

"There is a disconnect between the Western world and them, because they don't Facbook it, they don't Twitter it, but in Chinese media, they are there."

Many shows feature both MMA and Sanda fights on the same card. Sanda is a standup style of fighting which also allows throws, but no grappling.

"There's a lot of top Chinese talent that are in the Sanda circle and also in the MMA circle," he said.

"Just alone I have 100-something fighters. We have events almost every week. That's how busy we are."

One of the most popular shows in China is Chinese Kung Fu, or CKF. It features both MMA and Sanda fights in a Sanda ring. CKF airs on Tuesday nights on CCTV-5, China's national sports channel, and has a huge audience.

"We've got top talent there," he said. "You fight on that show, and you win a title, basically everybody is going to know you. You walk down the street and people are going to know you. Because that's what everybody is watching. That's what the middle class, that's what the proletariat, everybody."

CKF is "a main Chinese show because it's on CCTV. It reaches all across China. It's on public TV. It's in the public newspapers and media."

There are also many other popular shows. King of Combat, or Bojiwang, also features a hybrid of MMA and Sanda. Beijing Fight Night is on CCTV as well, featuring four MMA fights and four Sanda fights on its shows. Wulingfeng (The Martial Path) is, he said, the most popular show in China, featuring mostly Sanda and also some MMA fights. It airs on Hunan Cable.

With the use of the Internet, Wi-Fi, set-top boxes, and smartphones, many fights can be seen all throughout China.

We also discussed how Sanda is still far more popular in China than MMA, how many fighters in China are relatively well-paid, the rules used in MMA events in China, how non-Chinese MMA companies are not well-known in China and have had mixed success at best, how grappling is still not that big but is growing in China, and much, much more.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Bill Eng on MMA and Sanda in China

Post by Hamilcar on Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:54 am

This guy is very interesting! He sounds like a fight manager in China? He definitely knows what is going on. (Maybe I'll take him up on the offer to be the foreignor to be beat up in a fight. I could use $20,000.)
If Sanda guys are making $20,000 or more +fame, then I don't see what their possible interest could be in the UFC. The UFC is not giving them that kind of money. It also makes me wonder what ONE is paying these guys as they have alot of Sanda fighters on their roster.

For those interested: Here is CKF's youku page: http://i.youku.com/u/UMTIwMTgyODc2NA== It looks like their last event was in September.
Youku is not blocked in America, it is just a little slow sometimes (whether deliberately or not). My understanding, is that most live events are live on television and then are later uploaded to iqiyi or youku later. That is, you can only watch live events on television in China. They don't really do the live streams for them. At least not that I know of.
If a video is region blocked, just use Hola and set it to China. Very easy.

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Re: No Holds Barred: Bill Eng on MMA and Sanda in China

Post by nhbnews on Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:43 am

Bill is on Facebook, and also has the China Combat page with info for fighters:

https://www.facebook.com/ChinaCombat

UFC is irrelvant in China, even after years of trying to colonize it.

I was told by people in China that the government slows down the Internet for those outside China who are accessing sites inside of it. But Youku is not blocked, at least in the US.

Ain't it funny how I still give you the truth, and these other guys just repeat the same crap?

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Re: No Holds Barred: Bill Eng on MMA and Sanda in China

Post by InfinityLens on Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:26 pm

nhbnews wrote:Bill is on Facebook, and also has the China Combat page with info for fighters:

https://www.facebook.com/ChinaCombat

UFC is irrelvant in China, even after years of trying to colonize it.

I was told by people in China that the government slows down the Internet for those outside China who are accessing sites inside of it. But Youku is not blocked, at least in the US.

Ain't it funny how I still give you the truth, and these other guys just repeat the same crap?

Who do you think can connect the Chinese scene to the rest of the world? Whoever can do that can be a mega-org.

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