The main card of UFC Singapore started off with a welterweight bout between the upcoming Japanese star Daichi Abe and one of the most notable MMA fighters from China, Li Jingliang.
Both the fighters started off slowly with Abe making the first few moves via low kicks. Jingliang added his kicks into the mix a couple of minutes into the round but both Abe and Jingliang were refusing to give up their cautious approach.
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The pace of the fight picked up in the last two minutes of the round and Jingliang started to put the pressure on Abe with some swift moves. At the end of the first round, it seemed like the fight could go either way.
The start of the second round saw Jingliang pushing harder. He was throwing kicks left and right but most of the kicks failed to cause any major damage.
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A cheeky right hand from Jingliang at the four-minute mark of the round proved to be a complete confidence booster for the Chinese star. He started chasing Abe after the spot and tried to get a finish until the end of the round. The third round was all about Jingliang who started chasing a finish early itself. Abe managed to hang on despite taking huge damage and deserves credit for the same. Despite Jingliang’s efforts to finish the fight, it went the distance and on to the judges.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Li Jingliang def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)