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Li Jingliang forced out of UFC Fort Lauderdale bout vs. Alex Oliveira with an injury

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Li Jingliang has been forced out of his UFC Fort Lauderdale bout against Alex Oliveira.

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Power puncher Li Jingliang won’t be able to test his hands against the Brazilian Cowboy, Alex Oliveira.

According to Combate, the 31-year-old Chinese athlete was forced out of their bout at UFC Fort Lauderdale due to a neck injury that took place about two weeks ago. The UFC will look for a suitable replacement to take on Oliveira at the event.

Currenty on a two-fight winning streak, Li Jingliang (16-5) picked up a knockout win over David Zawada in November 2018 and an unanimous decision victory against Daichi Abe before that. The ‘Leech’ has not lost a fight since dropping a unanimous decision to Jake Matthews back in February 2018.

Meanwhile, Alex Oliveira (19-6-1-2 NC) will look to bounce back from a submission loss to Gunnar Nelson in his last outing at UFC 231. Before the loss, the 31-year-old was on a two-fight winning streak, with a TKO win over Carlo Pedersoli Jr. and a submission victory over former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit.

UFC on ESPN 3 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is set for Saturday, April 27th. The card will be headlined by a middleweight bout between contenders Yoel Romero and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.