UFC 221 is just round the corner. It’s the first major UFC pay-per-view happening in Australia in quite a long while. The main-event bout was expected to be contested between the UFC Middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker and former UFC and Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. However, Whittaker was forced to pull out of the fight due to a staph infection. Former Olympic silver-medallist, Yoel Romero has stepped in at a short notice to replace Whittaker and will be looking to defeat Rockhold to secure the interim Middleweight title.
Most of the limelight is on the main-event of UFC 221. However, there are plenty of other interesting bouts on the fight card as well. Many of them are being contested by an Asian fighter. Hence, let’s shed some light on the Asian fighters competing in the event.
Li “The Leech” Jingliang is a Chinese fighter who competes as a Welterweight for the UFC. He is an adept grappler and made his UFC debut at UFC 173 by registering a split decision victory over David Michaud. The Chinese has a MMA record of 14-4 and is currently riding high on a four fight win streak. He last defeated Zak Ottow via TKO at UFC Fight Night 122. Jingliang is expected to face Jake Matthews at UFC 221.
Dong Hyun Kim
Kim is a South Korean fighter and a veteran of the sport. “Stun Gun” also competes as a Welterweight and has notable victories over fighters like Nate Diaz, Matt Brown, Tarec Saffiedine, etc. He is a high-level grappler and holds a fifth dan black-belt in Judo as well as a black-belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. ‘Maemi’ is considered a legend and a pioneer of Asian MMA. He is expected to face Damien Brown at UFC 221.