Li Jingliang (Chinese: 李景亮; born March 20, 1988) is a Chinese mixed martial artist who competes as a welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007. As of December 24, 2019, he is #15 in the UFC welterweight rankings.[4]

Li Jingliang
BornLi Jingliang
(1988-03-20) March 20, 1988 (age 31)
Tacheng, Xinjiang, China
Native name李景亮
Other namesThe Leech
NationalityChinese
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach72 in (183 cm)[2]
StyleShuai Jiao, Sanda
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofBeijing, China
TeamChina Top Team
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total22
Wins17
By knockout7
By submission5
By decision5
Losses5
By submission1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Originally from a small town in the Xinjiang Province of Northwest China, Li competed in Chinese wrestling and trained in Sanda before moving to Beijing in order to pursue a career in professional mixed martial arts. Li began training under the tutelage of current UFC Lightweight Zhang Tiequan.[5][6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Li made his professional debut in 2007, winning via submission due to punches in the second round. He would go on to compile a record of 8-2, capturing the Legend FC Welterweight Championship in the process, before being granted his release and signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Li made his promotional debut on May 24, 2014, at UFC 173 against American fighter David Michaud, who had an undefeated record of 7–0. Li defeated Michaud via split decision, giving Michaud the first loss of his career.[7]

Li faced French fighter Nordine Taleb on October 4, 2014, at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.[8] Li was able to take Taleb down multiple times throughout the fight and even successfully land significantly more strikes as Taleb was content to counter strike throughout the bout. In a surprising result, Taleb was given the victory by split decision.[9]

Li was expected to face American fighter Roger Zapata on May 16, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 66.[10] However, on April 18, it was announced that Zapata was pulled from the fight due to undisclosed reasons and replaced by Brazilian fighter Dhiego Lima.[11] Li defeated Lima via knockout in the first round.[12]

Li was expected to face Japanese fighter Kiichi Kunimoto on September 27, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 75.[13] However, Kunimoto pulled out of the fight in late August citing injury and was replaced by returning Japanese veteran Keita Nakamura.[14] After dominating the first two rounds, Li lost the fight via technical submission in the third round.[15]

Li subsequently faced Australian fighter Anton Zafir on July 8, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[16] Li defeated Zafir via knockout in the first round,[17]

Li was expected to face Canadian fighter Chad Laprise on December 10, 2016, at UFC 206.[18] However, Laprise pulled out of the fight on November 16 citing an undisclosed injury. As a result, Li was pulled from the card entirely and rescheduled to a future event.[19]

Li was expected to face American fighter Yancy Medeiros on January 28, 2017, at UFC on Fox 23.[20] However, in early January, Medeiros pulled out for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by American fighter Bobby Nash.[21] Li defeated Nash via knockout in the second round.[22]

Li faced Northern Mariana Islands fighter Frank Camacho on June 17, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia.[23] Li defeated Camacho via unanimous decision.[24] The win also earned Li his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[25]

Li faced Zak Ottow on November 25, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum.[26] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[27] The win also earned Li his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[28]

Li faced Jake Matthews on February 11, 2018, at UFC 221.[29] He lost the fight via unanimous decision and received criticism for his eye gouge of Matthews.[30][31] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus.[32]

Li faced Daichi Abe on June 23, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 132.[33] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

Li was scheduled to face Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on November 24, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 141.[35] However on October 27, 2018, it was reported that Zaleski withdrew from the bout due to a partial ligament tear in his right knee,[36] and he is replaced by David Zawada.[37] He won the fight via technical knockout in round three.[38][39]

Li was expected to face Alex Oliveira on April 27, 2019, at UFC on ESPN 3.[40] However, on March 24, 2019, it was report Li pulled from the bout, citing injury.[41]

A pairing with Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos was rescheduled and took place on August 31, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 15.[42] Li won the fight via technical knockout in round three.[43] The win earned Li his third Performance of the Night bonus award.[44]

Li is scheduled to face Neil Magny on March 7, 2020 at UFC 248.[45]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 17 wins 5 losses
By knockout 7 0
By submission 5 1
By decision 5 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–5 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang August 31, 2019 3 4:51 Shenzhen, China Performance of the Night.
Win 16–5 David Zawada TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 3 4:07 Beijing, China Performance of the Night.
Win 15–5 Daichi Abe Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 14–5 Jake Matthews Decision (unanimous) UFC 221 February 11, 2018 3 5:00 Perth, Australia Fight of the Night.
Win 14–4 Zak Ottow TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum November 25, 2017 1 2:57 Shanghai, China Performance of the Night.
Win 13–4 Frank Camacho Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore Fight of the Night.
Win 12–4 Bobby Nash KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 2 4:45 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 11–4 Anton Zafir KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 1 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–4 Keita Nakamura Technical Submission (standing rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 3 2:17 Saitama, Japan
Win 10–3 Dhiego Lima KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 2015 1 1:25 Pasay, Philippines
Loss 9–3 Nordine Taleb Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 9–2 David Michaud Decision (split) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Luke Jumeau Submission (guillotine choke) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 11 April 27, 2013 3 3:38 Hong Kong, SAR, China Won the Legend FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Dan Pauling Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 9 June 16, 2012 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Loss 6–2 Myung Ho Bae Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 7 February 11, 2012 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 6–1 Alex Niu Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 5 July 16, 2011 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 5–1 Tony Rossini Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 4 January 27, 2011 2 1:11 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 4–1 Andrei Liu TKO (punches) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 3 September 24, 2010 1 3:43 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Loss 3–1 Pat Crawley Decision (unanimous) Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 2 June 24, 2010 3 5:00 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Win 3–0 Yun Tao Gong Submission (guillotine choke) AOW 15: Ueyama vs. Aohailin November 28, 2009 1 5:29 Beijing, China
Win 2–0 Liu Jin Wen Submission (guillotine choke) UMAC: Ultimate Martial Arts Combat April 18, 2009 1 3:05 Beijing, China
Win 1–0 Makhach Gadzhiev Submission (punches) AOW 8: Worlds Collide September 22, 2007 2 1:02 Beijing, China

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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