Li Jingliang (Chinese: 李景亮;[1] pinyin: Lǐ Jǐngliàng; born March 20, 1988) is a Chinese mixed martial artist who competes as a welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of June 27, 2022, he is #14 in the UFC welterweight rankings

Originally from a small town near Tacheng in the Xinjiang UAR of Northwest China, Li competed in Chinese wrestling and trained in Sanda before moving to Beijing in 2008 in order to pursue a career in professional mixed martial arts.

Li began training under the tutelage of former UFC Lightweight Zhang Tiequan.

More spinning attacks by Salikhov came late in the first, while Jingliang was throwing single strikes, loading up — and all to often, he hit nothing but air.

Jul 16, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; Li Jingliang (red gloves) fights Muslim Salikhov (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Welterweight Li Jingliang was 1-2 heading into UFC Long Island on Saturday, where he was paired up with paired up with Muslim Salikhov.

A tough match-up for anyone in the division, Salikhov had won five straight, and was unbeaten since his promotional debut in 2017.

Jingliang was happy to spoil that streak at the UBS Arena in Elmont, NY on Saturday afternoon.

Salikhov dazzled on the feet in the opening round, and attacked the body with a spinning back kick towards the end of the frame.

A spinning back-fist would follow, while Jingliang, a.k.a. “The Leech” had his best moments when the fight went to the ground earlier in the round.