Struggles on the ground in UFC debut
November 24, 2018
Sumudaerji lost to Louis Smolka via submission (armbar) at 2:07 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 141 on Saturday in Beijing, China.
Sumudaerji is mostly a striker, and he did not really get the opportunity to show anything in this fight. Smolka closed the distance and scored a takedown off the bat. Sumudaerji spent the rest of the fight on the ground trying to avoid punishment. Eventually, he initiated a scramble, but it allowed Smolka to lock in an armbar and finish the fight. He will likely keep his job, but he did not show himself to be a strong prospect in this fight.
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Will face Louis Smolka in UFC debut
November 13, 2018
Sumudaerji will make his UFC debut Nov. 24 at UFC Beijing in a bantamweight bout against Louis Smolka, reports.
Sumudaerji heads to the after compiling a 10-2 professional record in China with the WLF. His last two victories have come in the first round, with a flying-knee knockout of Bidzina Gavashelishvili in March and a TKO by punches against Zelimkhan Makaev in April. His opponent, Smolka, is making a return to the UFC after being released early in 2018 following a four-match losing streak and a battle with a drinking problem.