Wuliji Buren
Struggles to hold position
FeatherweightUFC
February 9, 2019
Buren lost to Jonathan Martinez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Buren was able to move forward and work for takedowns in this fight. However, he struggled to keep position on the ground. He allowed multiple reversals and lost position going for submissions on multiple occasions. Martinez got the better of the striking exchanges as well. Buren was game, but he will need to show more veteran savvy to take victories in the UFC. He has now lost three-straight fights in the UFC and might end up out of a job.
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No contact for 60 days
FeatherweightUFC
August 9, 2018
Buren suffered a cut on top of his scalp in the loss to Marlon Vera at UFC 227 on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Buren is to go 60 days without contact or until he receives medical clearance for a laceration on his scalp. After losing via TKO, he'll be suspended from fighting in a match for 45 days.
Falls in the second round at UFC 227
FeatherweightUFC
August 4, 2018
Buren lost to Marlon Vera via TKO (body shot) at 4:53 of Round 2 at UFC 227 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
Buren had some success in the first round with his wrestling. However, he ran out of gas and got lit up on the feet in the second round. Vera closed the distance and landed with a hard body shot. Buren was done the minute that the strike landed. After back-to-back losses in the UFC, Buren's job might be in trouble.
Set to take on Marlon Vera at UFC 227
FeatherweightUFC
July 19, 2018
Buren will fight Marlon Vera at UFC 227 on August 4, Danny Segura of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Buren was originally slated to take on Bharat Kandare before Kandare was forced to withdraw from the fight. The 5-foot-9 native of China boasts a 9-4 career record heading into the early August bout. Both Buren and Vera have dropped each of their last fights.
Buren drops UFC debut via unanimous decision
FeatherweightUFC
November 26, 2017
Buren was defeated by Rolando Dy via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night: Shanghai on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The story of this fight was Buren having significantly less physical abilities than Dy. Buren is a high-level Chinese wrestler, but was unable to consistently land takedowns and keep Dy grounded. The fight began with Dy dropping the UFC newcomer in the first round, and from that time Buren wanted to get the fight to the ground. However, Dy was consistently able to scramble with Buren, and even ended up on top in some of the scrambles. "Beast Master" only landed 36 percent of his takedowns in the fight, and Dy was able to get to his feet quickly in most situations. It was a competitive fight, but Buren was not able to deal with Dy's strength.