Join us today (Saturday, August 31st) on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang takes place at the Shenzhen Universade Sports Centre Arena in Shenzhen, China.
Headlining the card is a women’s strawweight championship fight, where champion Jessica Andrade defends her title for the first time against number six-ranked contender Weili Zhang.
The co-main event features a welterweight scrap between Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, who battles the streaking Li Jingliang.
The event kicks off on ESPN at approximately 3 AM EST with five fights. The main card then moves to ESPN+ at 6 AM EST.
The full line-up and schedule follows:
Wu Yanan vs. Mizuki Inoue - Women’s Flyweight
Round 1 - Both women feel each other out, Mizuki later engages the clinch, to no avail. Mizuki moves forward as Wu back pedals. Mizuki continues to throw short combinations. Wu is the much bigger, but more tentative fighter. Mizuki continues to march forward as Wu backs up towards the fence. 10-9 Mizuki
Round 2 - Mizuki lands big and moves forward, but Wu starts to show some offense. Mizuki engages the takedown, but Wu uses her size advantage and gets front headlock. She attempts a standing guillotine, but Mizuki escapes. Wu lands an elbow from the clinch, as the fights gets back to the center of the cage. Mizuki continues to move forward and landing her combinations. She attempts another foot sweep, but was effectively defended by Wu. 10-9 Mizuki
Round 3 - Wu is engaging more now, moving forward and attempting takedowns, but Mizuki continues with her offense. Mizuki is landing jabs, but Wu is starting to connect, as well. Wu drops down and shoots for a double-leg, but Mizuki defends it well. Mizuki continues to move forward, but Wu neutralizes the attack by clinching. Wu lands knees from the clinch. Both ladies trade heavy shots, aiming to finish strong. 10-9 Mizuki
Official result: Mizuki defeats Wu Yanan via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Song Kenan vs. Derrick Krantz - Welterweight
Round 1 - Krantz unloads with a heavy jab to begin the attack. Kenan throws a slapping head kick attempt which almost lands. Kenan comfortably switches from low leg kicks to head kicks. Krantz engages the clinch, but Kenan gets the dominant holds. Both men get separated. Krantz is throwing heavy shots, but Kenan remains unbothered. Both fighters trade heavy punches Kenan lands a heavy head kick in the last ten seconds of the round. 10-9 Kenan
Round 2 - Krantz continues with his heavy punches off the lead leg. He slips the jab and shoots for the takedown. He finishes and lands on side control. Kenan holds onto the guillotine choke attempt as Krantz tries for a Von Flue choke. Krantz pops his head out and remains on top control. He tries to move to full mount, but gets countered. Kenan holds onto a Kimura grip from half-guard bottom. Kenan reverses and gets back control. Krantz scrambles out and shoots for a double-leg from the fence. He tries for a standing guillotine, but Kenan escapes. Kenan attempts a triangle choke, but Krants counters and passes to half-guard. 10-9 Krantz
Round 3 - Both fighters throw heavy shots but Kenan gets the better of the exchanges. Krantz brings the fight to the fence and finishes a takedown. The two trade heavy punches and takedowns but seemingly expended too much energy. Sloppy exchanges between Krantz and Kenan during the final seconds of the round. 10-9 Kenan
Official result: Song Kenan def. Derrick Krantz via unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards)
Kai Kara-France vs. Mark De La Rosa - Flyweight
Round 1 - Kara-France lands a stiff jab. De La Rosa shoots a perfect double-leg before getting back control. De La Rosa keeps control as Kara-France seems helpless. Kara-France answers with a slam, but De La Rosa gets back up. De La Rosa throws a flurry and lands some clean punches. Kara-France lands a head kick from a fake. De La Rosa attempts a double-leg, but is countered once again. 10-9 Kara-France
Round 2 - Kara-France opens up with a couple of jabs. He drops De La Rosa with a right hand but De La Rosa gets back up. Kara-France kicks low that drops De La Rosa. He continues to throw the same calf kicks. Kara-France lands snappy leg kicks. De La Rosa seems to have no answers. Kara-France lands a heavy head kick. 10-9 Kara-France
Round 3 - De La Rosa comes forward with attacks. Kara-France back pedals but continues to throw counters of his own. Both fighters trade heavy punches. De La Rosa throws combinations, backs up Kara-France. De La Rosa is hurt from a body shot, but fights on. Kara-France goes back to the low leg kick which spins De La Rosa towards the other direction. De La Rosa is bloodied up. 10-9 De La Rosa
Official result: Kai Kara-France def. Mark De La Rosa unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Li Jing Liang vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos - Welterweight
Round 1 - Li lands a jab low kick combo. He catches a kick to briefly put dos Santos down, but the Brazilian gets back up. Dos Santos lands heavy shots, but Li deals with it fine. He lands a clean body kick. Li lands a three-punch combo. Dos Santos throws a heavy overhand right. Li lands a straight right that drops Dos Santos. Dos Santos pops right back in and got the clinch off the fence. 10-9 Li
Round 2 - LI throws a two-punch combo that backs up Dos Santos. The two go back at a tentative pace, with a shot or two thrown back and forth. Dos Santos mixes up his spin kicks and punches. Li lands a heavy jab. Dos Santos is committed with his shots. He seems to have recovered well from the knockdown. Li lands a heavy jab to the mid-section. The two exchange heavy shots to end the second round in the clinch. 10-9 Dos Santos
Round 3 - Heavy exchange from the two fighters. Dos Santos attempts more spinning attacks. He throws more combos, but Li simply dodges them. Dos Santos attempts a single leg, Li slips out. Li catches another kick and goes for the takedown. The two scramble back and forth and return to the center of the cage. Dos Santos throws a looping shot. Li lands a right upper cut that drops Dos Santos. He lands a clean combination that drops the Brazilian again. Referee stops the fight. Li jumps over the fence to embrace family members in the crowd, ends up hugging a security official.
Official result: Li Jingliang wins via third round TKO (4:51 mark)
Jessica Andrade vs. Weili Zhang - Womens’ Strawweight Championship
Round 1 - Zhang simply put on a beating on Andrade. She buckled the champion with a left hook and followed up with an elbow from the clinch. She continues to hold that Thai clinch and land hard knee shots. Andrade is hit, unable to recover. Zhang holds onto the clinch to throw more knees. Andrade drops again. Referee stops the fight. Crowd goes wild.
Official result: Weili Zhang def. Jessica Andrade via first-round TKO (0:42 mark)
Anthony Hernandez def. Jun Yong Park via second round submission (anaconda choke)
Su Mudaerji def. Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
Da Un Jung def. Khadis Ibragimov via third round submission (standing guillotine choke)
Damir Ismagulov def. Thiago Moises via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Alateng Heili def. Danaa Batgerel via unanimous decision (29-27 on all cards)
Karol Rosa def. Lara Procopio via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)