Li Jingliang
The Leech

China

Not competitive against Neil Magny
WelterweightUFC
March 7, 2020
Li lost to Neil Magny via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Li's first fight in the United States since January 2017 was an unmitigated disaster. Entering on a three-fight win streak and sporting a 7-1 record in his past eight bouts, Li was thoroughly dominated by Magny. He was unable to land his trademark power shots with any consistency and he really struggled with the length of the bigger Magny. Other than a pair of first-round takedowns in which he did nothing with the positional advantage, Li was invisible. This was a clear cut and massive step back for a fighter who entered Saturday's fight with a ton of helium. Li has to rebound in a big way his next time out.
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Taking on Magny in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
December 18, 2019
Jingliang (17-5-0) reached a verbal agreement Tuesday to fight Neil Magny (21-7-0) at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jingliang will put a three-fight winning streak on the line in his matchup with Magny, who hasn't competed in more than a year after he failed a drug test in May that was later determined to be the result of taking a contaminated supplement. Magny's long layoff from fighting may work to the benefit of Jingliang, who will look to keep the momentum going after scoring the biggest victory of his career Aug. 31, when he defeated Elizeu Zaleski via TKO in Shenzhen.
Scores massive win in home country
WelterweightUFC
August 31, 2019
Li defeated Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos via TKO (punches) at 4:51 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.
ANALYSIS
It's easily the biggest win of Li's UFC career and it will earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus as well. Fighting in front of family and friends in his native China, the 31-year-old got off to a quick start. He landed both a knockdown and takedown in Round 1. The momentum swung back towards the Brazilian in Round 2 before Li wrestled it away once again in the final frame. The finish began with a massive, perfectly placed uppercut. Li tacked on a few more unnecessary shots for good measure, but the writing was on the wall. Referee John Sharp quickly rushed in to put a halt to the bout. Li rarely gets mentioned with the best 170-pounder's on the UFC roster, but the guy has posted a 7-1 record dating back to July 2016. Zaleski dos Santos is a legitimate, high-end opponent and Li stopped him. He deserves another big fight his next time out.
Scheduled for UFC Shenzhen
WelterweightUFC
July 10, 2019
Jingliang (neck) is slated to fight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in a welterweight matchup on August 31 at UFC Shenzhen, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jingliang was forced to withdraw from his last fight at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27 because of neck and back injuries, but "The Leech" is expected to be ready to get back into the Octagon come August. This will be his first fight since November of 2018 when he defeated David Zawada via TKO in Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing. The Chinese-born fighter will have the crowd behind him, but a difficult matchup in front of him when the cage doors close. Zaleski dos Santos is riding a seven-fight UFC winning streak, with his last three coming by way of stoppage. Both men have similar striking statistics, and while Jingliang has better offensive wrestling numbers, Zaleski dos Santos is generally regardess as the superior grappler. The winner here could be in line to face a top-10 opponent.
Withdraws from upcoming fight
WelterweightUFC
March 24, 2019
Jingliang pulled out of his upcoming fight against Alex Oliveira at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27 due to neck and back injuries, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The exact nature of Jingliang's injuries are unclear, but they are evidently serious enough for him to withdraw over a month in advance. Oliveira will need to find a new opponent if he's to remain on the card.
Pinned against Alex Oliveira
WelterweightUFC
March 14, 2019
Jingliang is booked to fight Alex Oliveira in a welterweight bout at UFC on ESPN 3 on April 27, MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Jingliang is coming off a win over David Zawada via TKO (kick) at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing back in November. He's now won two straight fights and has emerged victorious in six of his last seven overall. His opponent, Oliveira, had also won six of his last seven before falling to Gunnar Nelson via submission back in December.