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Looking for the MMA Yao Ming

While it’s generally considered racist to point out the inferior driving skills and genital size of Chinese people, we’ve apparently gotten to the point where we can all admit they’re not quite measuring up when it comes to their MMA development. So the UFC is taking it upon themselves to try and speed things up a little:

Fertitta said it made sense to bring the fighters to Las Vegas given the large number of gyms as well as elite fighters and coaches based there.

“Vegas is kind of the Mecca of mixed martial arts in a lot of ways,” Fertitta said. “We just said, ‘Hey, let’s get them exposure with, literally, the best trainers in the world.’ … They literally will go from gym to gym every day to train and learn different aspects of MMA.”

Among the trainers will be UFC fighter Fredson Paixao, noted jiu-jitsu coach Robert Drysdale, wrestling and grappling expert Ricky Lundell, striking coach Jimmy Gifford and DellaGrotte. The Chinese fighters will spar at Wanderlei Silva’s gym.

Shelby said they may expand the program to include other trainers, but they’re going to take it on a day-to-day basis.

“Really, what this is is an effort to find our version of Yao Ming,” Fertitta said. “There’s more than a billion people in China and I guarantee you, somebody there can fight. Our goal is to find that guy.

The UFC isn’t the only group chasing a mythical Yao unicorn. Hong Kong based promotion LegendFC is taking the wacky attitude that maybe instead of bringing the fighters to the camp, they should bring the camp to the fighters.

Legend FC, one of the top Asian MMA promotions sent several members of Team Quest such as Pat Healy and Brad Hannah to one of the biggest camps in the region. They didn’t only have them experience a few days of working out with talented coaches, they actually conducted an entire training camp that lasted for several weeks. Team Quest taught several of the best fighters in the country about how an entire high-level training camp should work, so they could get the best practices, workouts, and schedules in order to maximize learning, and peaking on the proper time for a fight.

Based on how long it took for the British to stop churning out duds, I’d say this should bring China up past North American by … oh, 2024. Which is probably about 10 years more than we got on the economic side, so let’s enjoy this MMA supremacy thing while we got it.

  • iamphoenix

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Team Quest huh?  Just great.  So the Chinese fighters and Chinese dodgeball teams are gonna start seeing the same pharmacist.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

  • Redping

    ^^ he said fighters, not actors.

    I think, odds are, there are some pretty good fighters in china. But how much do they know about jiujitsu? That’s the hardest area to catch up, because now even american wrestlers like gray maynard have their blue belts. China has a pretty big focus on wrestling/punching in that russian sambo kind of way right? I mean there’s only 1 chinese fighter but he’s not bad. He’s got some killer submissions but I have no idea whether that guy was raised in china under strict chinese tradition. I guess the whole ‘immoral government that invades your privacy’ kinda makes it difficult for the UFC to get over there.

  • fightlinker

    setting up gyms and just growing mma exposure is def. the way to go. I’d say take it one step further and fund a lil satelite promotion that holds chinese mma events regularly somewhere

  • CAP

    Just find somebody half decent and give them the Brock Lesnar treatment.

  • P W

    For those who want to get into the Chinese MMA scene:

    This article from the front page is pretty interesting:

    Believe it or not, but I regularly visit the home town of the guy in the pic above (no, not CAP, he usually has to come to my place [much better soundproofing here] – I’m talking about Tiequan) and saw posters promoting a small local MMA event. So it seems like the MMA scene is growing on a grass root level too. Sadly, the UFC isn’t exactly known to scour to world for talent, and uses TUF as its main recruiting tool, so who knows how long it’ll take before we get to see more Chinese fighters in the UFC.

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    That opener was awesome, haha

  • frickshun

    Why is no one acknowledging the hilarity of Phoenitz amazing racist pic?!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Why is no one acknowledging the hilarity of Phoenitz amazing racist pic?!

    After a while you get tired of talking about Carano’s tits.

  • Reverend Clint

    looks like ching chang is crapping his pants

  • noiseless

    that’s lacist

  • iamphoenix

    Why is no one acknowledging the hilarity of Phoenitz amazing racist pic?!

    yeah, you guys are dumb, actually staying on topic. Or maybe, just maybe it wasn’t percieved as racist because in America, that’s what we really think they look like so it was just a normal pic. For reals. Like, I thought Korea was just full of dirt. Literally the entire country just dirt and mud and like, mopeds. For reals. You guys are waisist.


  • glassjawsh

    ^ and sideways penises and saki

  • CAP

    Good luck finding another Mongolian Wolf who can scrap.