UFC Fight Night 122 results: Wang Guan drops Alex Caceres multiple times, settles for split decision

Wang Guan’s right hand was on point in his UFC debut against veteran Alex Caceres.

And though Caceres (13-11 MMA, 8-9 UFC) showed glimpses of being able to get something working against Guan (17-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Guan was too much and took a split-decision win with a pair of 29-28 scores. Caceres got a dissenting 29-28 score of his own.

The featherweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 122 event at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Guan got his kicking game going early, but Caceres stayed light on his feet and threw a couple kicks of his own from the outside. About 90 seconds in, both fighters threw knees at the same time, and both landed low. Referee Steve Perceval gave them time, and Guan wanted more of it than Caceres did. On the restart, Guan clipped Caceres with a heavy right hand. It wobbled him and he backed up when Guan came forward.

Caceres tried to smile through it, and midway through the round they tied up momentarily. With two minutes left, Caceres just missed a right uppercut, but landed a left hook moments later. An overhand left landed after that, followed by a Superman punch that was just off the mark. Caceres continued to find a home for the left with a minute to go in the round, and his confidence seemed to build.

But with a few seconds left in the round, Guan drilled Caceres with a short left hand and dropped him. Guan pounced on the opportunity and landed heavy ground-and-pound until the horn. Without question, Caceres was saved by the bell – and needed help to his stool. But he was allowed to start the second round.

At the start of the second, it appeared Caceres still was recovering from the onslaught moments earlier. Guan landed again, but stayed patient. Ninety seconds in, Guan again landed with a big right hand and wobbled him. A knee was just off the mark a second after that. And when Caceres landed a kick too low, Guan wanted nothing to do with taking the five minutes, knowing he had Caceres hurt and didn’t want to give him time to recover. Midway through, Caceres just missed a high kick and he tried to work his way back into the fight. With a minute left, Guan again landed the heavy right hand. Caceres didn’t go down, though.

Caceres kicked to the body a minute into the third. But not long after that, Guan’s right hand once again was on point and he knocked Caceres to the canvas. Caceres put together some offense in the final two minutes, but mostly it was too little, too late – especially after being dropped multiple times in the fight. In the final minute, Caceres again landed with a low kick, but didn’t have a point taken away. On the restart, Caceres showed some desperation, but Guan clinched him up late to make sure he couldn’t land a Hail Mary shot.

Guan won for the fifth straight time. Caceres is back in the loss column after a June TKO win over Rolando Dy. He has dropped three of his past four fights.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in China.)

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 122 in China

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 event in China.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 122 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Records: Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC)
Past five: Bisping 4-1, Gastelum 2-2 (one no-contest)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Bisping No. 3, Gastelum honorable mention
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Gastelum -260, Bisping +220

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Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow

Records: Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Past five: Jingliang 4-1, Ottow 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Jingliang -175, Ottow +145

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Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan

Records: Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC), Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Caceres 3-2, Guan 4-1
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Caceres -180, Guan +150

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Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov

Records: Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Garcia 2-3, Salikhov 5-0
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Salikhov -180, Garcia +150

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2 new bouts official for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai

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Next month’s UFC Fight Night 122 event in mainland China has two new additions.

Officials formally announced featherweights Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) vs. Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and welterweights Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Dutch site mmadna.nl first reported the fights.

UFC Fight Night 122 which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup hasn’t been finalized.

Caceres vs. Guan was originally booked for a June event. The matchup has been rebooked as part of the UFC’s debut in Shanghai.

Despite some rough patches during his seven-year UFC career, Caceres has become a bit of a fan favorite due to his creative fighting style and upbeat personality. The 29-year-old longtime martial artist, who joined the UFC in 2010 as a quarterfinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” recently halted a two-fight skid (with losses to standouts Yair Rodriguez and Jason Knight) with a TKO victory over Rolando Dy, who suffered an eye injury.

He now meets Guan, a 31-year-old Chinese fighter. The longtime RUFF competitor is on a 4-0 run following a 2013 decision loss to Bekbulat Magomedov (18-1) – the first and only defeat in his career. Since his 2006 pro debut, Guan has posted 10 knockouts and two submissions in 16 career wins.

Jingliang, meanwhile, has been one of the UFC’s more successful Chinese fighters. The 29-year-old and Legend FC champion looks for his fourth straight victory following knockout victories over Anton Zafir and Bobby Nash, as well as a decision victory over Frank Camacho that earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

He meets Ottow, a 30-year-old Wisconsin native who’s on a 6-1 run going back to 2015. Since joining the UFC, he’s sandwiched split-decision victories over Josh Burkman and Ottow around a split-decision defeat to Sergio Moraes. Prior to joining the UFC, 12 of his 14 carer wins came via stoppage, which included 10 submissions.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan

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