MMA Preview – Li Jingliang vs Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 157

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 157? Saturday 31st August, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 157? Shenzhen Universade Centre Arena, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

What channel is UFC Fight Night 157? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 157? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 157? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The electrifying Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos makes the trip to Li Jingliang’s native China hoping to extend his seven-fight winning streak but ’The Leech’ has other ideas as he looks to continue his violent quest up the welterweight division.

It is surprising Zaleski dos Santos is not a bigger name. He has only lost once in his last 12 fights which was a close split decision against Nicolas Dalby and he is one of the most exciting fighters on the roster. He translates his Capoeira training into his fights spectacularly and successfully as we saw when he finished Sean Strickland with a spinning wheel kick and Luigi Vendramini with a flying knee. He is also a terrific grappler coming off a submission over Curtis Millender.

After Jake Matthews snapped a four-fight winning streak with a unanimous decision, Jingliang has looked back to his best. He earned a dominant decision over Daichi Abe and finished David Zawada with a fierce side kick to the liver in his last outing.

THE PREDICTION

This is likely to be a war and although they can both grapple, they are likely to keep the fight standing to pursue a knockout. Jingliang is very aggressive and likes to force the pressure but this plays into Zaleski dos Santos’ hands who can counter from anywhere.

Jingliang, needs to approach this with a solid game plan of mixing in strikes with takedowns to stifle the Brazilian’s rhythm. However, his tendency to brawl is likely to land him in trouble as the Brazilian has more strings to his bow. Three rounds suits Zaleski dos Santos but Jingliang’s durability should keep him in the fight until the bell.

Winner: Zaleski dos Santos via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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