Since parting ways with the UFC earlier this year, Wang Sai has been on a winning streak.
“The Lion” has notched up four straight wins in a little over five months with China-based fighting promotion Kunlun, M-1 Global and more recently Huawu Fight – where he secured a TKO against Brazilian fighter Jason Constantino in Shandong.
His recent run of fights (and wins) in China, are a stark contrast to his short-lived career with the UFC.
After losing The Ultimate Fighter China finale in a controversial split decision to Zhang Lipeng, Wang bounced back with a win against Danny Mitchell at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Le. But he says his two fights with the UFC taught him a lot.
“I fought a very tough fighter Zhang Lipeng, it was very close fight, but losing the decision to him made me more determined to win every fight by finishing them. Never leave it in the hands of judges.”
Wang’s interest in MMA started like many, watching Royce Gracie and the UFC on TV, but unlike most of us he pursued it, religiously. The Qing Dao native has spent his entire career training and never pursued work outside fighting.
“I was a university student when I started training for MMA fighting, I did Wu Shu San Da.
“When I first started my fighting career, it was all a bit of a dream. It’s been a breath taking experience.”
But it’s Kunlun where Wang has set his goals and is now pushing for a welterweight world title in the very near future.
He says the major reason for leaving UFC and making a move to Kunlun was largely about money and exposure.
“As a Chinese fighter, it was hard getting enough media exposure. Not a lot of people were watching us fight in the UFC. The contracts were not so good in terms of payment and sponsors, especially after the Reebok deal.”
While China has been known for producing great Sanda fighters, there is often criticism about developing skills needed to compete on the global stage.
But for Wang, he says he is developing everyday.
“MMA is growing in China. From the time I started fighting until now, it’s growing every day. I believe China will be a major player in the MMA world, especially now and with the success Kunlun FC.”
THE CONTRACTS WERE NOT SO GOOD IN TERMS OF PAYMENT AND SPONSORS, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE REEBOK DEAL.
With one more fight left for 2015, Wang, who trains with Fighting Empire and AkA Thailand, says he is working to become a more well-rounded fighter.
“I work on my jiu Jitsu, wrestling and boxing to be come a complete fighter.
“I just go to my fight camp fully confident in my coaches and team mates that they will push hard and make me ready for my opponent.”