On the UFC Shanghai main card, we saw Li Jingliang put on for the home crowd, as he finished Zak Ottow with strikes in the opening round of the co-main event. Jingliang is now the owner of a 4-fight winning streak, 3 of which by finish. Also on the night, Wang Guan picked up a well deserved split decision victory over Alex Caceres, dropping the UFC veteran on multiple occasions. Alex Garcia showed off some muscle to jump start the main card, as he forced Muslim Salikhov to tap out to a Rear-Naked Choke in the 2nd round.
Li Jingliang def. Zak Ottow by TKO at 2:57 of round 1: Welterweight
Ottow went right at his opposition as Jingliang looked to counter punch, with each athlete landing descent punches. “The Leech” landed a a clean left hook that got the attention of his foe, and followed up with a crushing right cross, to counter a kick, that dropped Ottow. Jingliang would not be denied as he unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches, forcing the referee to rescue Ottow.
Watch this moving moment of Jingliang sprinting out to his family following his win:
Wang Guan def. Alex Caceres by Split Decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Featherweight
Guan countered a Caceres kick with a stiff right cross to jump start the action, but an exchange of cup shots brought the bout to a halt. The featherweights touched gloves to resume the match, followed by Guan landing a cracking right hand that wobbled Caceres for just a second. Caceres recovered rather well and proceeded to let his strikes go, both with his punching combinations and his kicks to the body. Guan ended up dropping his opponent with a straight left hand in the final 10 seconds of the round, but Caceres was able to hang tough until the round ended.
Guan came out looking to put it on his recently dazed foe, but Caceres successfully moved around to regain his composure and battle his way back into the fight. Although Caceres regained his confidence after being hurt, the big right hand of Guan continued to find a home, usually shaking the fro.
To the delight of the Shanghai crowd, the athletes continued to kickbox with the tiny gloves as they did in the 1st two frames. The right hand of Guan again found a home on the chin of Caceres, sending the American dropping to the canvas yet again, but once again again, Caceres recovered and battled his way back into the fight. An accidental groin shot from Caceres caused another brief halt in the action, and when the fight resumed, we witnessed Caceres turn up the heat, even though he was unable to realize a finish.
Watch this near finish at the end of the 1st:
Alex Garcia def. Muslim Salikhov by Submission at 3:22 of round 2: Welterweight
Garcia quickly closed the distance on the kickboxing newcomer, and found a home in the top of half guard, before getting bucked off by Salikhov. Once back on the feet, Salikhov began to launch an array of spinning attacks, with the bulk of them being blocked for the most part. Garcia found a late takedown in the closing moments of the opening round, but was unable to mount much offense before the bell sounded.
The 2nd round saw Salikhov attack upstairs with a spinning hook kick, but it didn’t land clean, and Garcia returned fire with a heavy cross of his own. Garcia picked up another takedown at the midpoint of the round, transitioned to the back of his opponent, and applied a forceful Rear-Naked Choke across the face. Garcia cranked down with all he had, and Salikhov was forced to tap.