Na Liang

Dragon Girl

China

Fourth straight submission loss
FlyweightUFC
April 27, 2024
Liang lost to Ivana Petrovic via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:29 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 55 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Liang entered having suffered three straight knockout defeats, so it was nice to see her change the script and drop this one via submission. In all seriousness, Liang has proven to be a perfectly competent fighter for about a round, but her gas tank is one of the worst in the sport today, and she simply has no chance of competing in the latter stages of a 15-minute bout. It was shocking the UFC granted her a fourth opportunity with the company given how her first three fights went. A fifth attempt is almost certainly not to be forthcoming.
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Petrovic fight scheduled
FlyweightUFC
February 28, 2024
Liang is scheduled to compete against Ivana Petrovic in a flyweight fight at UFC Vegas 91 on April 27, per Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
ANALYSIS
Liang will look to finally get back on track against a relative UFC newcomer whose lone fight for the promotion is a decision defeat to Luana Carolina. As for the Chinese flyweight, she will look to get back on track after three consecutive knockout losses.
Third straight knockout loss
FlyweightUFC
August 26, 2023
Liang lost to JJ Aldrich via TKO (punches) at 4:49 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
ANALYSIS
Liang's grappling looked pretty good in this one. She landed 3-of-4 takedown attempts on Aldrich. The issue was that she was credited with just 1:38 worth of control time, meaning Aldrich eventually separated and was able to do damage of her own. Liang was eventually overwhelmed late in Round 2 and unable to see the end of the frame. Although just 27 years of age, Liang has lost each of her first three UFC bouts via knockout, meaning it would appear to be a near certainty we won't see her in the Octagon again.
New opponent booked
FlyweightUFC
June 23, 2023
Liang (undisclosed) will take on JJ Aldrich at UFC Singapore on August 26, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Liang was forced to pull out of her scheduled fight against Borgan Walker on March 25 and the reasoning was never disclosed. Liang has dropped her first two UFC bouts and is in search of proving her worth in the promotion with a win and will try to do so against a veteran in Aldrich.
Pulls out of Walker fight
FlyweightUFC
March 15, 2023
Liang (undisclosed) has withdrawn from her upcoming fight against Brogan Walker on March 25, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
There is no word on why Liang was forced to withdraw. She has struggled since joining the promotion, dropping her first two fights, the most recent of which was last June against Silvana Gomez Juarez.
Fighting Brogan Walker
FlyweightUFC
February 7, 2023
Liang agreed to face Brogan Walker at UFC San Antonio on March 25, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Liang is 0-2 since joining the promotion with knockout losses to Silvana Gomez Juarez in June and Ariane Carnelossi in April 2021, so this could be a pivotal matchup for "Dragon Girl" and her future with the company. Walker made her UFC debut in August and fell to Juliana Miller via TKO (punches).