Li Jingliang

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Li Jingliang
李景亮
Born Li Jingliang
(1988-03-20) March 20, 1988 (age 29)
Tacheng, Xinjiang, China
Native name 李景亮
Other names The Leech
Nationality Chinese
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight 169 lb (77 kg; 12.1 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)[2]
Style Sanshou, Wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Fighting out of Beijing, China
Team China Top Team
Rank      Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 13
By knockout 4
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 4
By submission 1
By decision 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Li Jingliang (Chinese: 李景亮; born March 20, 1988) is a Chinese mixed martial artist who competes as a Welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, Li has mostly fought in China.

Background[edit]

Originally from a small town in the Xinjiang Province of Northwest China, Li competed in wrestling and trained in Sanda before moving to Beijing in order to pursue a career in professional mixed martial arts. Li began training under the tutelage of current UFC Lightweight Zhang Tiequan.[4][5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Li made his professional debut in 2007, winning via submission due to punches in the second round. He would go on to compile a record of 8-2, capturing the Legend FC Welterweight Championship in the process, before being granted his release and signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Li made his promotional debut on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173 against David Michaud. Li won via split decision.

Li faced Nordine Taleb on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.[6] Li was able to take Taleb down multiple times throughout the fight and even successfully land significantly more strikes as Taleb was content to counter strike throughout the bout. In a surprising result, Taleb was given the victory by split decision.[7]

Li was expected to face Roger Zapata on May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66.[8] However, on April 18, it was announced that Zapata was pulled from the fight due to undisclosed reasons and replaced by Dhiego Lima.[9] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[10]

Li was expected to face Kiichi Kunimoto on September 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 75.[11] However, Kunimoto pulled out of the fight in late August citing injury and was replaced by returning veteran Keita Nakamura.[12] After dominating the first two rounds, Li lost the fight via technical submission in the third round.[13]

Li next faced Anton Zafir on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[14] He won the fight via knockout in the first round,[15]

Li was expected to face Chad Laprise on December 10, 2016 at UFC 206.[16] However, Laprise pulled out of the fight on November 16 citing an undisclosed injury. As a result Li was pulled from the card entirely and will be rescheduled at a future event.[17]

Li was expected to face Yancy Medeiros on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23.[18] However in early January, Medeiros pulled out for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Bobby Nash.[19] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[20]

Li faced promotional newcomer Frank Camacho on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia.[21]. Li won the fight with unanimous decision.[22] The win also earned Li his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[23]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13-4 Frank Camacho Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore Fight of the Night.
Win 12–4 Bobby Nash KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 2 4:45 Denver, Colorado, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 11–4 Anton Zafir KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 1 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–4 Keita Nakamura Technical Submission (standing rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 3 2:17 Saitama, Japan
Win 10–3 Dhiego Lima KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 2015 1 1:25 Pasay, Philippines
Loss 9–3 Nordine Taleb Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 9–2 David Michaud Decision (split) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Luke Jumeau Submission (guillotine choke) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 11 April 27, 2013 3 3:38 Hong Kong, SAR, China Won the Legend FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Dan Pauling Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 9 June 16, 2012 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Loss 6–2 Myung Ho Bae Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 7 February 11, 2012 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 6–1 Alex Niu Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 5 July 16, 2011 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 5–1 Tony Rossini Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 4 January 27, 2011 2 1:11 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 4–1 Andrei Liu TKO (punches) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 3 September 24, 2010 1 3:43 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Loss 3–1 Pat Crawley Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 2 June 24, 2010 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 3–0 Yun Tao Gong Submission (guillotine choke) AOW 15: Ueyama vs. Aohailin November 28, 2009 1 5:29 Beijing, China
Win 2–0 Liu Jin Wen Submission (guillotine choke) UMAC: Ultimate Martial Arts Combat April 18, 2009 1 3:05 Beijing, China
Win 1–0 Gadzhiev Makhach Submission (punches) AOW 8: Worlds Collide September 22, 2007 2 1:02 Beijing, China

Also see[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Barnett vs. Nelson". UFC.com. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jingliang Li". Tapology. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Li Jingliang - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Li JingLiang Wins Big for China". Fightland. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "China's New Breed: Enter The Leech". Fightland. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Staff (2014-08-11). "Nordine Taleb-Jingliang Li Welterweight Bout Added to Oct. 4 UFC Fight Night in Halifax". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  7. ^ "‘The Leech’ suffers split decision loss against Nordine Taleb - FSA - FightSport Asia". FSA - FightSport Asia. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Staff (2015-02-11). "UFC Fight Night 66 in Philippines adds five fights". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  9. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-04-18). "Dhiego Lima replaces Roger Zapata, meets Jingliang Li at UFC Fight Night 66". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  10. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-05-16). "UFC Fight Night 66 results: Gritty Li Jingliang KOs Dhiego Lima in 85 seconds". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  11. ^ Akihito Tatematsu (2015-07-02). "UFC Japan adds KID Yamamoto, Kiichi Strasser, and Kyoji Horiguchi". mma-in-asia.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  12. ^ Staff (2015-08-28). "With Kunimoto out, Nakamura Keita returns to face Li Jingliang at UFC Fight Night 75". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-09-26). "UFC Fight Night 75 results: Keita Nakamura puts Li Jingliang to sleep with gorgeous choke". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  14. ^ Staff (2016-04-06). "3 fights added to TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-07-08). "TUF 23 Finale results: Li Jingliang turns Anton Zafir's lights out with first-round ground-and-pound". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  16. ^ Staff (2016-10-14). "Chad Laprise returns to welterweight, meets Li Jingliang at UFC 206 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  17. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2016-11-16). "Laprised injured, Li bout off". ufc.ca.com. Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  18. ^ Staff (2016-12-21). "Yancy Medeiros meets Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  19. ^ Staff (2017-01-02). "Bobby Nash replaces Yancy Medeiros, meets Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  20. ^ Matt Erickson (2017-01-28). "UFC on FOX 23 results: Li Jingliang takes out Bobby Nash with second-round knockout". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  21. ^ Staff (2017-06-07). "Frank Camacho a late replacement next week at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  22. ^ "UFC Fight Night 111 results: Li Jingliang survives first round, rallies to beat Frank Camacho". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  23. ^ a b "UFC Fight Night 111 bonuses: You know Holly Holm's sick kick was worth $50,000". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-18. 

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