MA crusader Xu Xiaodong has beaten the living crap out of yet another traditional Chinese martial arts “master,” leaving the poor guy looking like an extra from Bird Box.
While Xu is most famous for dropping fake kung fu masters to the ground in seconds, this time around he toyed with his opponent, 54-year-old Tian Ye, for two rounds in a match on Saturday in the Hebei city of Langfang. It’s been reported that the bout was financed by a Chinese tycoon with Tian receiving 3 million yuan ($440,000) for participating and 30 million yuan ($4.4 million) if he won.
Unfortunately for Tian, he did not win. Xu started the match, held under kickboxing rules, by essentially daring Tian to hit him as hard as he could in the face. Then, at about 30 seconds in, he went on the counter-attack, elbowing and punching Tian in the head and breaking his nose.
The match then stopped as Xu showboated and blood streamed down Tian’s face and chest. It appears that Tian’s side wanted to concede the match but instead he ended up going to his corner and having his face heavily wrapped up in bandages, evoking the new Netflix drama Bird Box.
Afterward, Tian gamely continued to fight on, raining down blows against Xu but doing no damage. Meanwhile, Xu appeared in no hurry to finish the match, mostly content with kicking his opponent in the legs. Finally, mercifully, Xu finished Tian off in Round 2 with a flying knee to the chest.
It’s rumored that Xu was told by fight promoters to at least wait a round before knocking Tian out.
While he may have earned himself a nice payday, Tian will certainly be feeling this one for a while. Footage from after the fight shows that he suffered not only a broken nose but also some extremely nasty bruises on his legs from all of Xu’s kicks.
One netizen uploaded footage of Tian walking very gingerly at the airport after the fight.
Of course, Tian should never have been in the ring with Xu in the first place. Though he may be known as the “Qingdao Inside Kick Master” (青岛里合腿), in footage from one of his training sessions, Tian appears less than proficient in the art of kicking.
It’s also worth noting that Tian arrived in the ring wearing a fur hat and robe.
Following his viral beatdown of a tai chi “master” in April 2017, Xu Xiaodong has made it his personal mission to expose traditional Chinese martial arts frauds. At one point, he issued a challenge to any master who believed they could take him down in a no-holds-barred fight, bragging that he could take on two or three of them at the same time.
Since then, Xu has fought in a number of mostly farcical matches. It’s rumored that he will next take on Yi Long, China’s popular and controversial “No. 1 kung fu monk.”