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2005 Finals of China Sanda Club League

By Green Hornet | January 9, 2006

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A 8 men tournament culminated the finals of China Sanda Club League on Jan. 7th. The 8 finalists including the champions and runners of 75kg, 80kg, 85kg and 85 plus kg competed for the very first King of Kings title in the history of Sanda. Yang Xiaojing(190cm, 105kg, 25 wins/5 losses/10 KOs) defeated Wang Qiang(185cm, 100kg, 10 wins/2 losses) in the over time by decision and took the trophy home along with 200,000 RMB (approximately 24,000 $).

China Sanda Club League started its first phase since Dec. 2, 2005. More than 200 fighters from 34 clubs competed in 6 weight classes, i.e. 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 85+kg in 3 days and determined semi-finalists for each weight classes. The second phase was semi-finalists taking on each other in 4 continuous days starting from Dec. 31, 2005, hence champion for each weight class was made clear. Wang Qiang met Yang Xiaojing in the final of 85+kg, he did fairly well in the first 3 rounds, outstriking opponent in a much more aggressive way, but his cornermen astounded the audience with a towel throw-in.

These two men collided again in the final of 8 men tournament for the King of the Kings title and 200,000 RMB prize. Still Wang Qiang was leading the rhythm of the fight, but it was a draw when the final round ended. Yang got the unanimous decision over Wang in the overtime, which convinced literally nobody other than Yang himself.

Despite the fishy loss, at age of 17, Wang Qiang is considered the most promising fighter in China, he has the potentiality to dominate heavyweight in sanda given better coaching and opportunities to fight abroad.


The Sports Channel of China Central TV (CCTV 5) broadcasted all 5 day`s events in the second phase on live nationwide, which was the first time that Sanda had been exposed in such a bright spotlight.

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