Ao Hailin remains undefeated at “Art of War 15” in Beijing – full results

Art of War 15 - 11-28-09
Art of War 15 - 11-28-09

“Art of War 15: Ueyama vs. Aohailin” took place Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, China. The main event saw undefeated submission expert Ao Hai Lin (6-0) continue his win streak by out-pointing the much more experienced Ryuki Ueyama (10-13-4), and taking home a tough fought unanimous decision victory. It was the first time in Ao Hai Lin’s professional career that anyone had ever taken him the distance, or even past the first round for that matter.

“Art of War 15” had a significance for the promotion beyond the fights themselves. For the first time, the Chinese MMA organization implemented a new judging system that would prevent fights that go the distance from automatically being ruled a draw. Art of War’s Chief U.S. Representative, Al Yu, spoke to ProMMA.info about the new system:

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Olympic wrestler Ben Askren to make MMA debut

by:  Jack Bratcher

Add Ben Askren as the next Olympian to make the move to mixed martial arts.  Now training with American Top Team, he is expected to make his official debut in early 2009.

The University of Missouri alumnus was a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA wrestling champion, ending his collegiate career with 87 straight wins and back-to-back undefeated seasons.

During his time at Missouri, Askren began taking jiu-jitsu and considered competing in MMA however, after winning his division at the U.S. Olympic Trials he found himself in the Beijing Olympics where he advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Taekwondo athlete kicks referee in head at Olympics in Beijing

by: Jack Bratcher

During an Olympic Taekwondo bronze-medal match, Cuba’s Angel Matos acting out in frustration, deliberately kicked a referee in the head after the athlete was disqualified. In response, the World Taekwondo Federation has recommended that he be banned for life. The head of the federation seemed very embarrassed by the incident and also called for the ban of Matos’ coach probably because he seemed unapologetic.

Matos was actually winning 3-2, with 1:02 left in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. Fighters get one minute for injury time, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out and he was still sitting on the mat.

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