Li Jingliang
The Leech

China

GTD
Injury Neck
Est. Return 8/31/2019
Scheduled for UFC Shenzhen
WelterweightUFC
GTD
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.
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Withdraws from upcoming fight
WelterweightUFC
GTD
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
GTD
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.
Gets off the canvas for comeback win
WelterweightUFC
GTD
November 24, 2018
Jingliang defeated David Zawada via TKO (kick) at 4:07 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 141 on Saturday in Beijing, China.
ANALYSIS
In the first round, Zawada planted Jingliang with a punch. He got off the canvass and came all the way back to win. He does not have the most technical striking game, but he continues to come forward, and he throws in combination. He missed a lot of his attempts, but he almost always finished his combinations with leg kicks. The kicks added up, and in the third round, Zawada was struggling to move. Jingliang pressed his slowed opponent. In the final minute of the fight, he landed a side kick to the body that finished the fight. Jingliang may never be a clean striker, but his persistence pays off for him.
Loses opponent for Beijing
WelterweightUFC
GTD
October 27, 2018
Jingliang will need a new opponent for UFC Beijing on Nov. 24 after Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jingliang's fight against Zaleski dos Santos was booked just a week ago, but it will wind up falling by the wayside after the latter suffered a partially torn ligament in his right knee. The promotion will immediately begin looking for a worthy competitor to step in and take on Jingliang, who is coming off a victory over Daichi Abe via unanimous decision in June.
Will fight at UFC Beijing
WelterweightUFC
GTD
October 19, 2018
Jingliang will face Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC Beijing on Nov. 24, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jingliang has won five of his last six fights and most recently won in unanimous decision over Daichi Abe at UFC Fight Night 132. The winner of the Nov. 24 fight could be in line for a more high profile bout since both fighters have largely been dominating their middling competition over the past couple of years.