The Winners & Losers From UFC Shenzhen
By Claudia Peterson
UFC on ESPN + 15 went down in Shenzen, China on Saturday August 31st. This fight card had an amazing showcase of Asian talent, most of whom went home with wins. There were more winners than losers this time around.
It is no doubt that the UFC was the biggest winner of the night. This fight card was a very important one for the promotion, as they continue to make their mark in Asian territory.
With a new performance institute in China and now with their first Chinese champion, the UFC is well on their way to cementing their promotional legacy in the Asian market while growing their fighter base. Not only that, but most of the Asian fighters truly delivered in their fights.
The other two biggest winners who had the most to gain at UFC Shenzhen were chinese fighters Weili Zhang (straweight) and Li Jingliang (welterweight).
The first Chinese champion in UFC history, Weili Zhang was already being offered several deals right after her win. Dana White explained during the post fight press conference that he was getting phone calls right after the fight about Weili. Weili knocked out Jessica Andrade in just 42 seconds in dominant fashion. Her win rightfully earned her a performance of the night bonus, and this will surely not be the last time we see her display such energetic fighting power.
Li Jingliang (The Leech) was once against impressive in the co-main event against Zaleski Dos Santos, and was the recipient of the second performance of the night bonus. This is Li’s third win in his home soil as a UFC fighter, and his stock continues to rise.
This is also Li’s third performance of the night bonus, and he also has two fight of the night bonuses. It will be interesting to see if Li is able to put a title run with another win or two, and we may just have our second Chinese title contender.
Other asian fighters who dominated the night were Su Mudaerju (bantamweight) and Jung Da Un (light heavyweight). Su Mudaerju (The Tibetan Eagle) was on a two fight losing streak coming into UFC Shenzhen on Saturday night, and very much needed this win.
His performance certainly delivered as we saw him display pure dominance against Andre Soukhamthath with excellent offense and pristine striking power that overwhelmed Soukhamthath for three rounds.
Jung Da Un (light heavyweight) came into his fight against Khadis Ibragimov on a 10 fight win streak, and was able to survive an early storm and rallied back to get a submission in the third round. This was yet another impressive performance for the asian fighter.
Perhaps one of the biggest losers of the night was Andre Soukhamthath (bantamweight). The Asian Sensation suffered his third straight loss against Su Mudaerji. Soukhamthath took a barrage of kicks, complained of glove grabbing by Su Mudaerji, and claims to have broken his left hand sometime in the first round.
He was blasted on the ground and on the feet, and looked severely outmatched next to Mudaerju. Bad luck continues to follow him, and he is now in a difficult predicament as his UFC tenure may be in peril.