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WEC Prospect Alert: Is the ‘Mongolian Wolf’ the Next ‘Korean Zombie’?

(He’s just a dude, holding a belt, asking it to love him.)

On Thursday, Zhang Tie Quan will become the first fighter from mainland China to compete in the WEC. The China Top Team featherweight product will close out the preliminary portion of WEC 51 against Pablo Garza — who just made a brief appearance on TUF 12 as a lightweight hopeful — after being originally scheduled to face Alex Karalexis (out, injury) and then Jason Reinhardt (out, bad vision). It’s a big moment for Chinese MMA, as well as for Zuffa, which has been angling toward expansion in Asia, but is generally short on Asian rising stars in its promotions. With "The Mongolian Wolf," they couldn’t have picked up a better prospect.

Competing primarily in China’s Art of War promotion and the Philippines’ URCC outfit, Quan has racked up an 11-0 record, all wins by stoppage, with at least 10 of those victories coming in the first round. (The stoppage time of Quan’s pro debut isn’t listed on any MMA databases, or even AOW’s official site.) Quan’s last six wins have come via six different submissions, most recently a 30-second neck crank win against Daniel Digby, at a June event in Hong Kong. Quan holds a knockout victory over a guy named, I shit you not, De Gi Ji Ri Hu. For the last week, he’s been acclimating to Colorado time (and American training partners) at the red-hot Grudge Training Center.

Notable quote, from this WEC profile: "I always admired the wolf because he was so ferocious and majestic. We saw a lot of wild wolves where I grew up and we all heard stories that if a wolf bites you on the arm for example, even if you kill it, its jaw will remain closed…I look at a fight with that same ferociousness…If there is any opportunity to finish, I finish. I won’t quit, I do my best and try to end things as quickly as possible."

After the jump: The Wolf in action.

(Quan vs. Seong Hee Kim, 9/22/07)

(Quan vs. Shashi Sathe, 6/27/08)

(Ending of Quan vs. Malik Arash Mawlayi, 12/23/07)

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WalksInTheDarkness- September 29, 2010 at 5:50 am
Actually, the first fight looks a lot like the finish to the Gegard Mousasi versus Denis Kang fight.
MadOnionSlicer- September 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm
LMAO! I'm still laughing at the caption. Epic, epicness, CagePotato! :D
skates- September 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm
ghostboner speaks truth
Mr_Misanthropy- September 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Daaaaaaaannnnnnngggggggg- that IS a loaded card. Angry midgets FTW.
TheHulkSmash- September 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm
I love how in the third one his opponent clearly drops his guard and taps, and as the ref comes in to end it he throws a clean right to the unprotected face. Hendo style.
ghostboner- September 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Regardress of Mongorian woof's skirrs, this WEC card is stacked in ways the UFC, and Arianny, only dream about. Every name fighter in the WEC and some non-name but still exciting fighters are on this.
Torres-Some mexican
Mike Brown-Cole somethin
Korean Zombie vs George "human chopstick" Roop
Garcia vs Hominick
Antonio Banuelos vs ...

All on the same damn card! In the UFC this is the new years eve show for the next 2 years!
fatbellyfrank- September 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Unless he's a direct descendant of Genghis Khan and he's bringing his hordes with him, I'm gonna wait til after WEC 51 to pass judgement
PELF- September 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm
@Art Gibs: i was thinking the same thing! Even the kicks the guy throws are weird as hell.
Ballkick- September 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Seong Hee Kim, could not find any chink's in Quan's armor.
Sashi Sathe performed like a Slumdog Millionaire.
Malik Arash Mawlayi, tapped out to forhead holding?.......WTF?

I don't think The Wolf will be howling at any moon, anytime soon. His opponents in the above video's looked weak and one,....Sashi Sathe looked like he had no business in a Ring or Octagon at all.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm
That's last time you knock down my shitty wallrrr!
topdog- September 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm
I love the Rocky music after the win. Classic....but Malik had the armbar and didnt crank it. Dumbass deserves to lose.
agentsmith- September 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm
Quan also has a win over Uh Ee Uh Ah Ah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang via flying RNC.
Art Gibs- September 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Does the first fight look fixed to anyone else? That dude jumped into that triangle and made no effort to get out.
BryanF- September 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm

"I guess Mongorians not such smerry, crappy peoperr after arr!"
MoTropolis- September 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Did he admire these wolves before or after him and his family cooked and ate them?
jimbonics- September 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm
God Damn Mongolains!