Pingyuan Liu


Suffers first UFC loss
July 13, 2019
Liu lost to Jonathan Martinez via KO (knee) at 3:53 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
In a fight in which both men attempted a ton of strikes and landed very few, Liu's inability to defend one massive knee from Martinez led to his first UFC loss. Liu continues to engage in standup battles despite the fact he averages just 2.90 significant strikes per minute while eating 4.13 per minute. It's a terrible ratio and almost certainly the direct cause for Saturday's setback. Liu is a competent mat specialist but his poor fight IQ is holding him back. The 26-year-old had a nine-fight win streak entering Saturday, but that number is misleading. Liu is nothing more than roster depth.
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Booked for UFC Sacramento
May 29, 2019
Liu (undisclosed) will return to the Octagon at UFC Sacramento on July 13, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
Liu has grown into his own as a professional fighter, carrying a nine-fight winning streak into his upcoming bout. However, his only two fights in the UFC ended in a decision, suggesting he is not racking up a ton of fantasy points. Liu has a one-inch advantage in height and a 3.5-inch reach advantage on Martinez, who is 1-1 in the UFC. Liu has just a 55 percent takedown defense over a short sample size, and hasn't made wrestling a big part of his game to date. He's comfortable enough in grappling exchanges, however, with five of his 13 pro wins coming by way of submission.
Pulls out of UFC Philadelphia
March 13, 2019
Pingyuan withdrew from his scheduled bantanweight fight against Ray Borg at UFC Philadelphia on March 30 due to an unspecified injury, Matt Mullin of reports.
Borg is now set to take on UFC newcomer Kyler Phillips while Pingyuan takes time off to recover from the injury. Pingyuan last fought in November at UFC Beijing, defeating Martin Day via split decision.
Gets Ray Borg in Philly
February 28, 2019
Pingyuan will take on Ray Borg in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Philadelphia on March 30, reports.
Pingyuan began his professional career on a four-fight losing streak, but has since bounced back to win 13 of his next 14, including his first two UFC bouts. He's a 26-year-old fighter who trains at Team Alpha Male, which is a renowned camp for smaller fighters. The native of China will welcome Borg back to the Octagon after a multi-year hiatus due to various personal and medical issues. Borg has faced some of the best flyweights in the world, but this fight will be up at 135 pounds, where Pingyuan will own substantial height and reach advantages.
Takes controversial decision
November 24, 2018
Pingyuan defeated Martin Day via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 141 on Saturday in Beijing, China.
This was a tough decision, but Pingyuan took it on the cards. He appeared to fall behind after losing the first and second rounds. In the third round, he took Day's back, but he could not finish the fight. Despite breaking his hand and being outlanded in the first two rounds, the judges awarded him the decision.
Wins unanimous decision in UFC debut
July 22, 2018
Liu defeated Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany
The 30-27 card seems a bit strange but Liu held his own throughout the fight, momentarily putting his opponent on the back foot with a big spinning back fist in Round 2. Neither man really took control of the fight thereafter, making it difficult to argue with the decision. Liu spent the majority of this fight pressuring but seemed to have a bit of trouble finding his range, allowing himself to get clinched by Stasiak when he attempted to put punches together. It may not have been the strongest statement but the Chinese fighter does have some connection to the Alpha Male gym, which could make it interesting to see how he progresses.