“Big” John McCarthy may not be welcome in Nevada, but he made the trip to China to serve as referee for “Art of War 14: Ground Zero,” which took place at the Cotai Arena in Macao on Sept. 26, 2009.
In the main event, The Ultimate Fighter 7 veteran Andy Wang from Taipei, China, took on Japanese Shootboxing veteran Atsuhiro Tsuboi. As the fight went into the second round Wang was picked apart with strikes. With his corner yelling to take the fight to the ground, Wang chose to remain standing, taking the fight the distance, and thereby ending the main event in an anti-climactic draw.
The rules for Art of War are different than the unified rules we use here in the U.S. They have a ten-minute opening round and a five-minute second round. All strikes are permitted on a grounded opponent, including stomps and soccer kicks. If the fight goes the distance, it is automatically a draw.
With Greg Jackson in his corner, Rolles Gracie improved his record to 3-0 with a quick first round arm triangle submission over Australian striker Peter Graham. Here are the full results:
“Art of War 14: Ground Zero”
- Jason Schmidt draws Hatorri Kenichi
- Yao Quiang def. Jeong Soon Hak by KO (punches) Rd 1 (:33)
- Dorjderem Munkhayasgalan def. Elyorbek Akbarov by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1
- Claes Beverlov def. Zhang Li Peng by submission (armbar) Rd 2
- Kim Dong Hyun draws Vaughn Anderson
- Arthrit Hanchana draws Dai Shuang Hai
- Daniel Madrid def. Matsui Daijiro by submission (arm triangle) Rd 2
- Simeon Thorenson draws Michael Costa
- Wang Sai def. Lee Yong Jae by knockout
- Rodney Glunder vs. Antonio Braga Neto (no contest)
- Rolles Gracie def. Peter Graham by submission (arm triangle) Rd 1
- Andy Wang draws Tsuboi Atsuhiro