UFC Fight Night 122 results: Li Jingliang thrills home fans, takes out Zak Ottow in first

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A straight right hand from Li Jingliang put Zak Ottow down in the opening round, and a torrent of punches and hammerfists sealed the deal moments later.

With that, Jingliang (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) had a win in front of his home crowd, finishing off Ottow (15-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) via TKO at the 2:57 mark of Round 1.

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

Jingliang showed off his improving striking game right away in this one, keeping Ottow at bay with his hands and stinging him with a left hook early on. But it was the right hand that found its way through Ottow’s defenses and out him down midway through the opening frame, and Jingliang wasted no time pouncing for the finish.

Ottow did his best to cover up and fend off the strikes, but as he rolled and tried to establish a defensive shell, Jingliang upped the pressure, pouring on the strikes and looking for openings, eventually convincing referee Herb Dean to call it off just shy of the three-minute mark.

The win for Jingliang makes it four in a row in the UFC. Ottow has now lost two of his last three.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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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

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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After UFC-Auckland win, Zak Ottow vows to stop the split decisions

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – An unsettling trend has formed early in Zak Ottow’s UFC career. It continued at UFC Fight Night 110, and he wants to stop it immediately.

For the third consecutive time to open his UFC run, Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) went to a split decision when he defeated Kiichi Kunimoto (18-7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in their welterweight bout at Saturday’s event, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Although Ottow has come out on the winning end twice with those split scorecards, it’s a large shift from his pre-UFC career, when all of his triumphs came by stoppage.

“I said coming into this fight with two split decisions that I didn’t want it to go that way again,” Ottow told MMAjunkie after the win. “I’ll find a way to stop making this happen. But it feels good to get the win.”

The split cards with Kunimoto may have been the most surprising of Ottow’s UFC run. All 15 media outlets tracked by MMADecisions.com had it in Ottow’s favor, but “The Barbarian” himself has become somewhat accustomed to tight fights, so he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the various scorecards.

“I did feel pretty confident (in the win),” Ottow said. “I could see how it could possibly be a 29-28. I feel some of those rounds were close. I was making some good transitions out of some bad spots, and I felt I was getting the better of the exchanges on the feet. I felt pretty confident going into it, and when the judges starting reading their scorecards and it was a split, I wasn’t surprised. But it felt good to get the win. I felt I had it.”

Ottow’s three UFC fights have all come in just over eight months since he debuted in the organization with an upset victory over Joshua Burkman at UFC Fight Night 96 in October. Consistency and a lack of emphatic results have been his biggest problem so far, but Ottow sees those patterns as breakable.

Despite the heavy schedule, Ottow said he wants to get back to work as soon as possible. However, he’s not quite ready to make any callouts quite yet.

“Surprisingly, after this grueling, three-round split decision, I feel pretty injury-free,” Ottow said. “I’m ready to get back in there as soon as possible. I’ve always got my eyes out on some people, but it looks like they’re getting matched up here in the next couple months, so I’m just going to keep training, keep getting better and whoever the UFC has for me, let’s get it done.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 110 results: Zak Ottow outpoints Kiichi Kunimoto for narrow split-decision win

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Zak Ottow stunned Kiichi Kunimoto with his left hand early, then controlled him on the mat enough to fight off a late comeback attempt. And in the end it was enough – at least for two of the judges.

Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) nabbed a split-decision victory over Kunimoto (18-7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) thanks mostly to his work early in the fight, escaping a late surge to take the fight with scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.

The welterweight bout was part of today’s UFC Fight Night 110 prelims, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Ottow found success in the opening round of the fight thanks mostly to his strong left hand. He tagged Kunimoto twice in quick succession with the punch, showing off a clear advantage on the feet that seemed to convince Kunimoto that he’d be better off taking the fight to the mat.

But as he found out in the second frame, even there he had his work cut out for him against Ottow. After takedown, Ottow pulled off a quick escape and then immediately turned the tables in the grappling department. Kunimoto managed to make things close by escaping from Ottow’s back control late in the round, gaining the top position but without managing to do much with it.

Kunimoto would take the fight back down to start the third round, and this time he mostly succeeded in staying there, though again he struggled to do significant damage. Ottow would reverse the position late, but the push from Kunimoto was enough to make things surprisingly close on the scorecards, with one judge giving him the fight and the other two siding with Ottow.

The victory gets Ottow back in the win column following a split-decision loss to Sergio Moraes in November. Kunimoto has now lost two straight, the first such skid in his professional career.

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