In the past year, many fighters have shown their outstanding performance and drawn more attention on the RUFF stage. Wang Guan is undoubtedly the shiniest one of them. His aggressive style and undefeated record was impressive enough to make everyone dumbfounded. This thin young man actually had become a popular star in Chinese Sanda and fighting world before he joined RUFF. As he said, “Out of the cage, I’m a person who’ll never advocate bloody violence.” But MMA is his beloved career, and RUFF is the best witness of this cause as well as the cornerstone under his feet.
“I set my goal to win the championship belt as soon as I joined RUFF. I was also one of the hottest favorites in others’ eyes.” Self-confident Wang Guan never hid his ambition, which had been well proved by his remarkable record. Ever since RUFF: Genesis, one after another victory and amazing KO has always gained him loudest cheers from audience. Among his 6 winning streaks, he finished 4 in the first round and only left 2 of his opponents the chance to stand erect to the end. “Wu Chengjie was the fighter I had been most concerned about.” said he about his opponent in the Super Fight, “He is young and has much room to grow. But I’m much older, so I couldn’t lose the opportunity to defeat him. I believed I would win if I fully play my strengths and keep a strong heart.” When recalling that fight, heart-shaking scenes could still fresh in our memory. It was astonishing that the fierce battle ended in the first round when everybody thought it would last for longer time. A heavy knee from Wang reversed the entire pace of the fight and knocked Wu Chengjie in an advantageous position to the ground. Wang Guan then fully grasped the initiative and sent out quite a few heavy punches to deprive Wu Chengjie of the defense force. “I think I should fight better. I didn’t sprawl well at the beginning and gave him the chance to take me down.”
Despite the regret, Wang Guan indeed achieved a great victory. “Everybody thought it was the day most worthy of celebration on my martial arts journey. I had paid so much for the victory.” He felt his “responsibility is even heavier” when faced with the honor. Perhaps, it is the responsibility to defend the honor or the greater pressure to welcome future challenges. “I’ll continue to fight in the cage to defend my belt.” Wang Guan was quite clear that he is in the golden age of an athlete. As for the prize money coming suddenly, he expressed his determination not to be bewitched by material benefits. “One should pay more attention to his own morals rather than money.” This young guy said he would keep on training hard but remained quite calm about the prize money he had won, “I’ll use it to show filial piety for my parents.” We believe he is sure to create more fruitful results.
At the end of our interview, he extended his sincere gratitude to his coach Zhao Xuejun, family, teammates, friends, fans and Joel Resnick, the CEO of RUFF. “I’ll continue to work hard and won’t slack for just a little achievement. I definitely won’t disappoint anyone.”