MMA fighter’s drubbing of tai chi master sparks debate in China

Viewers shocked as traditional champion pummelled by mixed martial arts expert

Mixed martial arts fighter Xu Xiaodong has come under fire in China for allegedly disrespecting Chinese culture by beating Wei Lei, a tai chi master, in around 10 seconds into a fight between the two

On one side of the fight zone in the Yichan club, a bulky mixed martial arts fighter shakes out his muscles and bounces from foot to foot. On the other, a tai chi master in white silk jacket and black pants holds his fists up high in traditional Chinese style.

Just 10 seconds later, 38-year-old MMA coach Xu Xiaodong floored his opponent Wei Lei (41) and pounded him into submission in a whirlwind of brutality and aggression.

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