Fight Commentary Breakdowns (Jerry Liu: journalist/comedian, 8+ years Kung Fu study, sporadic training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu):

Tian Ye, our Kung Fu Master finally fought Xu Xiaodong, our Chinese MMA Mad Dog. Let’s see how this Kung Fu “Master” did in his fight against the outspoken Chinese MMA fighter (搏击狂人). This fight was under kickboxing rules, in our observation. There was no ground fighting. Let’s see which fighter was the better striker. 田野 is sometimes known as the 青岛里合腿, meaning the “inside kick master of Qingdao.” Let’s see if he uses any kicks during the match. Jerry and Rob bring you running commentary on this fight that took place in China in January. The rules were (according to online sources), if the “Master” won, he got 30 million from a Chinese rich person, and if he lost, he would still get 3 million. Looks like some millionaire in China just really wants to see Xu Xiaodong get into fights. Talk to you guys in the comments. For those of you who want to search in Chinese, Xu Xiaodong is 徐晓冬. Tian Ye is 田野. Would you take this fight for that much money? Pull a Mayweather, so to speak. Also, 2020 update: Tian Ye might have overstated how much he was paid to take on Xu Xiaodong and represent TCMA! Just remember that when you’re watching!

Jerry Liu:

“Fight Commentary Breakdowns. And we are going to watch Xu Xiaodong. Remember I promised you guys, all you people watching? This is his fight with the new kung fu ‘master’.”

Rob Watt:

“This looks like, almost like, um, pride in Japan…”

Jerry Liu:

“A little bit, right?”

Rob Watt:

“K1, dang this guy is just…”

Jerry Liu:

“The kung fu master is swinging.”

Rob Watt:

“I mean yeah, but the guy in the rash guard… he’s just not defending…”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, he’s not caring.”

Rob Watt:

“He’s like whatever.”

Jerry Liu:

“He’s like I don’t care about you. That’s Xu Xiaodong, throwing some kicks…very sloppy.”

Jerry Liu and Rob Watt:

“Oh!”

Rob Watt:

“Yikes!”

Jerry Liu:

“Wow!”

Rob Watt:

“Holy Smoke!”

Jerry Liu:

“He’s going for elbows.”

Rob Watt:

“This guy, this MMA fighter is just letting it fly.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“Oh, he’s being disrespectful. I hate that. I hate that.”

Jerry Liu:

“The way…yeah…”

Rob Watt:

“How he…just yeah, he’s just trying to make light of it. I hate that. That drives me nuts. It’s like you know, you beat your opponent but like don’t be disrespectful.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, this is why Xu Xiaodong gets so much hate. He’s not very respectful but on the other hand, there was a lot of smack talk between the two of them. So, maybe this is why.”

Rob Watt:

“I mean he straight-up opened him up like under 30 seconds, broke his nose. Wow!”

Jerry Liu:

“Oh, wow!”

Rob Watt:

“That’s crazy. There…are they waving it off?”

Jerry Liu:

“I don’t think so because there’s a lot of money at stake. I believe some rich Chinese millionaire or billionaire…okay I guess he’s showing off.”

Rob Watt:

“So, what’s this, what’s the story behind this guy? Why is he…so he…”

Jerry Liu:

“He just says a lot of Kung fu is bullsh*t. And so, he’s going around saying any kung fu guy that wants to prove to me otherwise, fight me.”

Rob Watt:

“So, he’s very vocal about it?”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, he is very vocal about it.”

Rob Watt:

“And what’s his background? Is he, he never trained kung fu or he has trained kung fu and then he converted to mix martial arts?”

Jerry Liu:

“I am going to go for the second option, which is that he probably trained kung fu when he was younger and then he…”

Rob Watt:

“Just got a chip on his shoulder.”

Jerry Liu:

“He has a chip on his shoulder.”

Rob Watt:

“Okay. Wow he’s being so disrespectful. It’s ridiculous…”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, this is why, this is why even I don’t really like him, as much as some of the stuff he says is very correct, I don’t really like him.”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah.”

Jerry Liu:

“So, there’s a lot of money at stake, I believe, in this fight. Oh, look at this, he’s just basically like, ‘Oh this is wasting my time.’”

Rob Watt:

“That is, I mean, has he ever been really tested though? That’s the question.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, he went to a Chinese top-notch kickboxing gym and he got his skull cracked open.”

Rob Watt:

“Oh, okay. It would be interesting to see him get humble just to see how he responds.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“Because that really shows you somebody’s character, when they, how they bounce back from defeat.”

Jerry Liu:

“Exactly. And so, I believe this kung fu master is being paid millions to fight Xu Xiaodong.”

Rob Watt:

“Geez!”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“But what about him? Does he get paid?”

Jerry Liu:

“No, doesn’t get paid at all…I think that’s why he was being disrespectful.”

Rob Watt:

“Oh! What’s the point in that?”

Jerry Liu:

“He just wants, he just wants to prove a point that most of Chinese kung fu is bullsh*t, that’s what he says.”

Rob Watt:

“Wow, I mean this guy I mean this guy had skills, I mean don’t get me wrong, he was he was striking really, really well. He just didn’t defend very well.”

Jerry Liu:

“Exactly.”

Rob Watt:

“And he must…I mean he seems significantly older.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. I think he’s in his 40s at least. Maybe in his fifties.”

Rob Watt:

“How in the world do they expect him to see?”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“Like, he can’t see through that. What in the world?”

Jerry Liu:

“This is China.” (Laughs)

Rob Watt:

“What is going on?”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. He probably signed a clause that said, ‘Look if you get hurt, unless you get completely knocked out you have to keep fighting.’ I think that’s why they’re making him fight.”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah, but it’s more difficult to… (Jerry laughs) He can’t see a darn thing.”

Jerry Liu:

“This is a farce man. This is a farce.”

Rob Watt:

“They’re like, ‘Hey, by the way we saw that you were losing, now we’re going to blindfold you.’”

Jerry Liu:

(Laughs) “One of the guys back there was cracking up. (Laughs) Look at Xu Xiaodong. He’s like: ‘I’m about to fall asleep.’”

Rob Watt:

“This is insane.”

Jerry Liu:

“I know. Dude, this is the state of martial arts in China, man. What happened?”

Rob Watt:

“Wow!”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, this you would never see in America.”

Rob Watt:

“So, when did this happen? When did this fight occur?”

Jerry Liu:

“I believe yesterday. Today’s the 12th, right? Um no, so, this happened, I believe this happened two days ago because the 12th in China was two days ago, our time, in LA.”

Rob Watt:

“Well, you know, props to this guy for getting his nose broken and still being like Gung ho but…”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. He’s like I’ll fight you.”

Rob Watt:

“I just don’t understand why they covered his eyes.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“It’s like impossible for him to see a punch coming now.”

Jerry Liu:

“Well, maybe now he’s going to go by sense…oh, now he’s kicking.”

Rob Watt:

“And do they think that that bandage is going to stay on? It’s coming off and…”

Jerry Liu:

“It is. Tape’s already coming off. Oh, he’s going more aggressive now.”

Rob Watt:

“I mean, he’s got…honestly, he’s got okay strikes…he doesn’t defend very well in terms of like covering up while he’s striking.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. Oh, so it looks like this fight, there’s no ground fighting at all. It’s just stand, up.”

Rob Watt:

“I mean, it’s not like he’s not landing because he is landing, it’s just that this MMA fighter guy…what’s his name again?”

Jerry Liu:

“Xu Xiaodong.”

Rob Watt:

“Xu Xiaodong, he is clearly not intimidated by his striking.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“You know what I mean? So, he’s so disrespectful. He’s just taking strikes to the face. And just basically saying like, ‘You’re not even affecting me at all.’”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“And this guy I mean like he’s older. But like doesn’t matter man. Like an older guy can still put his body behind it and knock you out.”

Jerry Liu:

“Oh, now he’s trying for elbows. Look at that, Xu Xiaodong’s like, ‘I don’t even
care about your elbows.’”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah.”

Jerry Liu:

“Wow. Xu Xiaodong is completely just messing around. (Laughs) Look at his belly.”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah, it’s mental warfare, you know, he’s just basically…that hurts.”

Jerry Liu:

“He’s good at kicking him in that spot right there.”

Rob Watt:

“Oh, yeah, and he obviously doesn’t know how to check it.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“He doesn’t even know how to remove…obviously you want to have distance management and get out of there, but he doesn’t know how to check it even if he doesn’t remove himself from the range.”

Jerry Liu:

“Exactly.” (Laughs)

Rob Watt:

“His hands are by his hips, he’s about to get knocked out.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“He’s just waiting for him to get tired. He’s taking…”

Jerry Liu:

“Oh!”

Rob Watt:

“See, when you when you take away that lead leg like that, you take away all the snap in the jab, because when you jab, you’re landing on that lead leg after the lunge.”

Jerry Liu:

“Uh-huh.”

Rob Watt:

“And if you can’t land properly, well then you don’t have the ability to land a proper jab.”

Jerry Liu:

“Oh, it makes sense.”

Rob Watt:

“It takes all the power out of your jab.”

Jerry Liu:

“Uh-huh.”

Rob Watt:

“So, that’s why you’ll see like, if you know if somebody’s going up against a really heavy striker, they will attack that lead leg and, in an attempt, to remove their power…”

Jerry Liu:

“Wow. Wow they are not letting this kung fu guy quit, man. Oh! Xu Xiaodong throwing a spinning back kick.”

Rob Watt:

“He literally…”

Jerry Liu:

“He’s like, ‘I don’t care if you hit the back of my head.’” (Laughs)

Rob Watt:

“Well, he knows that he’s blindfolded.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. Oh, second round?”

Rob Watt:

“I feel like there was a hyper cut. I just like, all of a sudden, we’re in round two. What happened to the rest of round one?”

Jerry Liu:

“Wow, the ref just got hit in the face.”

Rob Watt:

“I think the ref just got knocked out. (Jerry laughs) The ref just got chin-checked.”

Jerry Liu:

“Dude, this is even funnier than a Pride fight. Look at the ref.”

Rob Watt:

“They gotta take that bandage off the dude’s face. It’s just too much, man.” (Jerry laughs)

Jerry Liu:

“The one thing I will give Xu Xiaodong credit for, he’s not being as aggressive as when he fought some of the other kung fu masters.”

Rob Watt:

“Right.”

Jerry Liu:

“Before he would just knock them out very quickly. But he’s actually trying to give him a chance.”

Rob Watt:

“Well, yeah…I mean that can be a couple of things. One, either he wants to get more screen time, or two he is waiting for this guy to punch himself out. Because when somebody’s exhausted, it’s much easier to KO them.”

Jerry Liu:

“Oh, I see. Oh! He ate another elbow, man. He does not care.”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah, that’s just, I mean it’s stupid to absorb damage. Even if the guy’s older than you. This doesn’t have as much snap, like it’s stupid to absorb that.”

Jerry Liu:

“Xu stepped on the ref’s foot. (Laugh) Especially, Xu Xiaodong is supposed to fight Yi Long, the fake Shaolin monk guy, soon. So, Xu Xiaodong should not be absorbing damage like this.”

Rob Watt:

“Oh my gosh, dude. This poor dude’s not going to feel his legs tomorrow.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. He’s probably not going to feel a lot of things tomorrow. I mean, the amount of damage he’s taken already. So, our kung-fu master’s name is Tian Ye.”

Rob Watt:

“Tian Ye?”

Jerry Liu:

“Tian ye. Tian means ‘field’. Ye means ‘wild’. Oh, you were right, man. He was just waiting for the guy to be tired. That move right there is what cracked Xu Xiaodong’s skull, when he sparred the Muay Thai guy. Yeah, he went to one of China’s top MMA gyms to spar them. So…what is he saying…let’s see.”

(Chinese Speaking)

Jerry Liu:

“So, he’s like, ‘No, we don’t have any more to do with each other, me and this guy.’”

Rob Watt:

“He asked him if he wanted to give him a rematch or something?”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. He’s like, ‘Nope.’”

Rob Watt:

“The guy’s blindfolded. How are you going to fight blindfolded?”

Jerry Liu:

“Look at the huge bruise in the right of his rib area.”

Rob Watt:

“He got a rib kick, that sucks.”

Jerry Liu:

“Let’s see what they’re going to ask him.”

(Chinese Speaking)

Jerry Liu:

“He’s 56.”

Rob Watt:

“Geez. I mean that’s incredible for a 56-year-old.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. They call him Professor Tian Ye, even though I don’t know why…what is he saying? Let’s listen.”

Rob Watt:

“He’s got heart.”

Jerry Liu:

“So, he’s like, ‘I’m a martial artist, so, I need to be able to take challenges.’”

Rob Watt:

“Right.”

Jerry Liu:

“(Chinese words) means, ‘I will pull out my sword when needed.’ So, this Chinese Bruce Buffer said, ‘Yes you pulled out your sword, unfortunately, it wasn’t sharp, and it didn’t have its time to shine.’ (Laughs) But he’s being very respectful about it. He’s been like, you know, you pulled out your sword, it didn’t work but still, it’s life.”

Rob Watt:

“I mean, here’s the thing, dude, the guy’s a 56-year-old. You know what I mean? I mean like can you imagine. I mean I don’t know how old the opponent is.”

Jerry Liu:

“Xu Xiaodong, I think is 40 or 42.”

Rob Watt:

“Okay, yeah, he looks a little bit younger. He looks like he’s like 36 maybe but like I mean if these two guys were similar in age, you never know.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, exactly, exactly.”

Rob Watt:

“I mean when you’re 56, dude, it’s just like…and you’re blindfolded, you know, come on. I mean mad props to the guy for staying in it, you know.”

Jerry Liu:

“Agreed. And then I think one of the things our guy really didn’t understand besides kicking and distance management, he didn’t know how to fight in the clinch. Yeah. I’m pretty sure he ate that elbow in the clinch. They were kind of sort of, uh, it was clinching range.”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah, and that stuff that like, look the fight game is always evolving. And if you’re not, if you’re not doing active, you know, uh, you don’t have to be doing full contact, but you do need to be going to different gyms. And experiencing different body types and different techniques, you know, because everyone’s always looking at the latest tape. Like the latest fights, the latest tape developing new techniques and if you’re not learning and growing you get left behind.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, exactly.”

Rob Watt:

“And it doesn’t take more than…doesn’t take more than half a year to get left behind.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. Agreed. Looks like it was those two elbows that Xu Xiaodong gave him. So, that one missed but, uh, they’re clinched…oh, that one and then that one. So, those two broke the guy’s nose.”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah, I mean for a 56-year-old, that’s incredible that this dude was able to stay in it that long.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. Agreed. And then…yeah, he really gave it his all, man.”

Rob Watt:

“Yeah.”

Jerry Liu:

“And then the last move, the same move that took down Xu Xiaodong, Boom!”

Rob Watt:

“Right in the gut. Didn’t even go for a head. Just went for the body.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah. You can tell at this point he was so tired out of it. His hands weren’t even up when Xu Xiaodong launched the kick.”

Rob Watt:

“I mean, he basically walked from the entire length of the ring, you know. Well, I mean, you gotta live in reality. And reality dictates that you got to train. And you got to train with people who are going hard and you got to train with people who are developing new techniques. You cannot live in the theoretical world.”

Jerry Liu:

“Exactly, exactly. And even if someone pays you millions of dollars, you still have to know what you’re capable of. Just because you have millions of dollars on the line doesn’t mean you should challenge an MMA fighter that’s much younger. Because I’m pretty sure from what I read, it’s the 56-year-old that challenged Xu Xiaodong. So…”

Rob Watt:

“I was looking at something, I can’t remember who I was talking with the other day but, they were talking about how heart is so important. Oh, I know who, it was Sean. Sean McDonald. I was saying heart is so imperative, but heart is the thing that you tap into after the skills.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, exactly.”

Rob Watt:

“Like it’s at the end like when both people are exhausted, and all the skill sets have been exhausted. Then the heart matters.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, it’s the X-factor.”

Rob Watt:

“Right, yeah. But if you go into it, expecting that the heart is going to overcome that skill set or whatever it may be, or the other person’s training or cardio, it won’t. It just won’t do it. There was another million-dollar fight. I think it was maybe not more than like a week ago. It was Vinny Magalhaes versus this guy named O’Connell in PFL. Vinny Magalhaes just got exhausted and he ended up getting TKO or actually I think it went to decision but essentially got TKOed multiple times throughout the fight by O’Connell. Because one, O’Connell knew he was on his way out, it was like his last fight, he’s retiring. And Vinny Magalhaes was carrying so much muscle, that like he just could not keep that much muscle alive for the duration.”

Jerry Liu:

“Makes sense. Boxing goes 12 rounds.”

Rob Watt:

“And O’Connell’s trained by Jeremy Horn. And Jeremy Horn is like he’s been through everything. That guy’s been through every single submission in the book you’d…like, you can’t surprise Jeremy Horn. So, yeah.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah.”

Rob Watt:

“Interesting. Interesting when a million dollars is on the line like what people will do.”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, exactly. So, guys coming up, Xu Xiaodong is going to fight Yi Long, the fake Shaolin monk. He’s a fake monk. I’m not saying he’s a fake martial artist. I’m sure he can fight. So, this will be an interesting match, because yes, he’s a fake monk, but he can, I think he probably can fight better than Xu Xiaodong. So, Xu Xiaodong might have a lot more on his hands than he thinks because when he fights Yi Long it could be when Xu Xiaodong gets humbled.”

Rob Watt:

“When you say he’s a fake monk does that mean like he hasn’t gone through the process of becoming a monk?”

Jerry Liu:

“Yeah, exactly. They just shaved his head and gave him branding.”

Rob Watt:

“It’s like a character.”

Jerry Liu:

“It’s a character, yeah. And most people don’t realize that. They think he’s a real Monk.”

Rob Watt:

“Because the Tony Jaa actually became a monk.”

Jerry Liu:

“He did. The whole entertainment industry got to him and then he quit it for a few years, and he became a monk.”

Rob Watt:

“Dude, you’d have to stay, you have to be true to yourself. You have to know who you are in the entertainment industry for sure.”

Jerry Liu:

“This was Jerry and Rob and we brought to you Xu Xiaodong vs Tian Ye. MMA versus Kung fu. Fight Commentary Breakdowns, out.”




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