*Has China surpassed Japan and Korea as having the best MMA fighters?*

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  1. Seiryoku Zenyo

    Seiryoku Zenyo We are all one

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    Considering Yadong, the Leech and Weili Zhang, no doubt about it. Japan is way past its prime. Same with Korea.
     
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  2. DeJulez

    DeJulez Yellow Card

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    Sounds like gibberish
     
  3. VinceArch

    VinceArch Venom in the veins.

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    You look at all the notable fighters that came from Japan. Sakuraba, Genki Sudo, Hayato Sakurai, Kid Yamamoto, Kazuo Misaki, Yushin Okami and many more I'd say China has some catching up to do but they've taken a good first step.
     
  4. FlyingDeathKick

    FlyingDeathKick Red Belt

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    At this exact moment maybe.
     
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    Japan, yes. But not Korea.

    Though you have to say China has the best overall fighter since Zhang's the champ, Korea still has far more emerging prospects.
     
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    Abazzdeboom Legend in the making

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    What you see is what the UFC wants you to see not the reality
    The UFC failed to conquer the japanese MMA's market thats why you no longer see competitive japanese fighters in the UFC.
    On another hand you see plenty of sucessful chinese fighters when the UFC is trying to sell in China because learning from the experience they know they need some local champion or at least challenger to sell in a said country.
    They are matched against opponents who have the right style to make them shine.
    Thats why I'm losing interest for the UFC, this is just a scripted real tv show made to look like its really real
     
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  7. TheScorpionDude

    TheScorpionDude Get over here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~==>

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    If the question is has Chinese female MMA surpassed them, then yes.

    Their chicks are stronger.
     
  8. SHAOLINMONK420

    SHAOLINMONK420 Blue Belt

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    japanese bjj gyms train almost exclusively with the gi. that might have something to do with it.
     
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    Local Plata Hitchslap Belt

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    I mean, has there even been a truly great fighter out of Japan outside of Sakuraba? Don't you dare say Gomi.
     
  10. Fossor

    Fossor Brown Belt

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    Xu Xiaodong opened their eyes.
     
  11. Dreyga2000

    Dreyga2000 Always Rooting for the Black Guy

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    There is actually a reason for this. The UFC has recently built a performance institute in China like the one in Vegas. However the PI in China has a full training staff to help develop a fighters technique along with physical conditioning.

    The UFC is essentially training its own team China as way of ensuring a new generation of Chinese fighters can move up the UFC ranks. Every couple of months they hold tryouts at the PI and then they enroll the promising candidates into a PI training class that has a full on curriculum. It's college for fighters.

    So as the years go expect to see more fighter emerging from China.




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  12. TheJohnnyWalkerEra

    TheJohnnyWalkerEra Brown Belt

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    All time, they still have a bit of work to do, but China will definitely dominate among Asian countries in the future

    China and Russia might both overtake the USA as the MMA powerhouses
     
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  13. EndlessCritic

    EndlessCritic Gold Belt

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    China certianly has better representation in the UFC right now, but there are plenty of elite JMMA fighters out there:

    Asakura bros, Horiguchi, Wada, Motoya, Ogikubo, Ishiwatari, Majima, Naoki Inoue, Shoko Sato. All are UFC contender level right now.
     
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  14. ThePatriot

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    Lighter weights/wmma dont count unfortunately

    Call me when a chinese dude beats khabib

    Okami, Kim, Saku all did it at real weight classes
     
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    Only if you assume that UFC is the only organisation that matters.
     
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    tjumper78 Brown Belt

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    for mma, south korea is still better. for wmma, china has a champion. japan offers nothing currently.
     
  17. GIBLERTBAPTISTA

    GIBLERTBAPTISTA very allegorical

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    Horiguchi is the best fighter out of all 3 of those countries currently.
     
  18. thobra

    thobra Red Belt

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    You forgot the guy that shared the no 1 P4P spot with Fedor for a while. The guy that had the longest winning streak in Pride history and is among the top 3 best LWs in mma history.

    The Fireball kid
     
  19. Xuh

    Xuh Red Belt

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    I dunno, if Current Kyoji tries to fight the best fighters from CHN/KOR it might not go well for him.

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  20. C0NCH3TO

    C0NCH3TO Gold Belt

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    All time? Lmao ....Saku, Inoue, Omigawa, Okami, Aoki, Megumi, Kid( rip ) and others beg to differ...

    If you are talking about active fighters then i guess so...
     
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