List of MMA fighters with Kung Fu backgrounds

Here are a few fighters in MMA with some Kung Fu background

Cung Le (UFC, former StrikeForce middleweight champ) Wushu Kung Fu, Kuntao & Vietnamese Kung Fu, Sanshou. Three time Bronze Medalist in the Wushu World Championships. The only American Wushu Kung Fu Athlete to have three World medals.

Yi Long (WLF) People say he’s a Shaolin Kung Fu Master from the Shaolin Temple which has been proven to be false but he has practiced Shaolin Kung Fu. Sanshou.

Roy Nelson (UFC, tuf 10 winner, former ifl hw champ & ifl 2007 hwgp champ): Shaolin Kung Fu black belt. Bjj. Nelson stated, “Kung-fu is the root for I would say 95% of all martial arts. I practice it every day.”

Dan Hardy (UFC) Trained with Shaolin Monks in China. Wushu, tdk, bjj.

Pat Barry (UFC) Sanshou. Trained with Chinese National Sanshou team at the Shaolin Temple. Won the Sanda Kungfu Federation (SKF) United States Heavyweight Championship

Sami Berik Wing Chun and T’ai Chi. Received gold medals at T’ai Chi tournaments in Britain and Europe

Peter Davis (one fc 10-3) Kung Fu

Luke Cummo (UFC) Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, bjj. Also appeared on The Ultimate Fighter.

Jason Delucia (UFC) Trained in Five Animals Kung Fu.

Bao Li Gao (ruff) Sanshou

Zhang Tie Quan (UFC) Black sash in Sanshou (Sanda), brown belt in bjj.

Ian McCall (UFC, former tpf flw champ): Black belt in Kung Fu, bjj.
James Wilks (UFC, tuf 9 winner): Full instructor in Jeet Kune Do, black belt tdj, brown belt bjj.

Michelle Waterson (UFC, invicta aw champ) Wushu, black belt in Karate

Daniel Spohn Iron Body Gong Fu System, black belt in traditional Kachido Aikijitsu.
Jumabieke Tuerxun: Sanshou. He trains out of China’s elite Xian Physical Education University, where he is a pupil of Zhao Xuejun.

Chuck Liddell (UFC) Hawaiian Kempo. Kajukenbo. While he did not study literal Kung Fu, Liddells trainer, Hackleman, was schooled in Kajukenbo which is a mixture of Kempo Karate, Tang Soo Do, Judo, Jujitsu, Chinese Kempo, and Chinese Kung Fu. Hackleman later changed the name of this blend to Hawaiian Kempo. But Liddell was trained in traditional martial arts.

Nick Osipczak (UFC) Tai Chi Chaun Kung Fu, bjj

Bazigit Atajev (pride) Sanshou. He won a gold medal at the World Wushu Championships.

Wang Guan “The Dongbei Tiger”: Sanshou, Kung Fu.
Yao Honggang: (LegendFC) Sanshou, Shuaijiao (traditional Chinese Wrestling).

Vaughn Anderson (Bellator) Sanshou

Ao Hailin (Art of War) Sanshou

Zhang Meixuan (Ruff) Sanshou

Ji Xian (Legend FC) Sanshou, bjj

Liu Hailong Sanshou. Called the “Super King of Sanda.”

Xingxi Shaolin Kung Fu Master from Shaolin Temple. Shaolin Kung Fu, training for mma.

Felix Lee Mitchell (UFC) Shaolin Kung Fu.

Muslim Salikhov AKA King of Kung Fu. Sanshou. BJJ. Champion of European Wushu Championships in 2004, and world champion in 2005. Won championship of World Wushu Championships in 2011.

Shi Yanzi (Hero Legends, WLF) Shaolin Kung Fu. Shaolin Sanshou. Formerly lived for some time at the Shaolin Temple. He was Chinese National Champion for 15 years. He was an eight time champion at the Chinese national sanda championships as well as twice crowned World Champion. He recently starred in a film.


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