World Series of Fighting – Global Championship got off to a start in China on Saturday with a 10 card bout on the coastal province of Hainan.

The heavyweight main event had an unfortunate outcome as Jeremy May (13-8) sustained an inadvertent eye poke from Evgeny Erokhin (12-4). Both fighters had finished a combined 10 opponents in a row leading into the match.

“These things happen and we appreciate both fighters actively promoting the event,” said WSOF-GC vice president of operations and matchmaker, Jason Lilly.

“Despite the outcome of our main event, it was a great night of fights that saw some highlight reel submissions, some exciting back-and-forth action, and sets us up for an amazing lead in for future events.”

There were still plenty of things to be thrilled about. The co-main events featured four fighters representing USA, Brazil, Russia and Japan.

USA’s Dylan Fussell won a thrilling split decision bout against world-class veteran, Brazil’s Carlo Prater. Russia’s Khusein Khaliev submitted Japan’s Yoshihiro Koyama with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

Fussell and Khaliev will fight for the WSOF-GC Lightweight World Championship on a TBD upcoming card.

Shawn Wright, WSOF-GC president, said the event was very well received, with some 2,000 people turning up for the public weigh-ins and over 4,000 in attendance for the event.

“There was a lot of curiosity of exactly what MMA was and from the cheers, roars, and chanting from the crowd, it was clear that they loved it. We can’t wait to come back here.”

WSOF-GC Official Results

Jeremy May vs Evgeny Erokhin

No Contest due to eye poke

Khusein Khaliev defeats Yoshiro Koyama

Rear-naked choke, round 1

Dylan Fussell defeats Carlo Prater

Split decision

Vadim Ogar defeats Chaitanya Gavali

Armbar, round 1

Jennifer Norris defeats He Qun

Rear-naked choke, round 1

Alexander Keshtov defeats Caleb Lally

Unanimous Decision

Yadwinder Singh defeats Alex Schild

Unanimous Decision

Scott Hudson vs Islam Makoev

Draw

Hu Ri Ge defeats Wang Shuo

Unanimous Decision

Xiong Pei Ping defeats Han Jia Qiang

Guillotine choke, round 1