China’s Ma Hao Bin’s journey from wrestling to MMA

Ma Hao Bin

Ma Hao Bin

Fighting out of Nanchang, China, “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin, 24, is one of the most promising Chinese mixed martial arts today. Currently signed with ONE Championship competing in the flyweight division, he recently discussed his wrestling background.

Before joining ONE Championship, Ma was an elite Greco-Roman wrestler who went on to become a Chinese National Wrestling Champion. In 2016, he took the leap into MMA and immediately made a splash in ONE Championship, winning his first two bouts via submission with a combined time of just one minute and 35 seconds.

“I did not reach all of my goals in wrestling so that is why I am chasing my dreams in the cage now,” Ma said. For the Nanchang native, his current stature will help not only his MMA career but also the martial arts scene in China.

Ma became the ONE Changsha Bantamweight Tournament Champion. A talented grappler, he has had an impressive run on the ONE Championship stage, winning 6 out of 8 bouts in the promotion.

“I hope to see martial artists have a great future in China so that more people will get to know and love martial arts,” Ma shared. “I want more people around me to know about martial arts through my efforts and that means I am working for the honor of my country.”

On September 22, 2018, Ma failed to earn his seventh win in ONE Championship. He was one of the two athletes who represented China at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” which took place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 22, 2018.

At “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” Ma faced former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 30, of Taldykorgan, Almaty, Kazakhstan in the flyweight division. The latter won via unanimous decision, downgrading the Chinese contender’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 4 losses.

The Nanchang native wants to follow the footsteps of reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of Shandong, China. Meanwhile, watch one of Ma’s bouts on the ONE Championship stage here:

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