‘The Leech’ suffers split decision loss against Nordine Taleb

The Leech

Li “The Leech” Jingliang proved unlucky against TUF: Nations alumni Nordine Taleb going down via contentious split decision at UFC Fight Night – MacDonald vs Saffiedine in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Over 3 evenly contested rounds, Li Jingliang (9-3) was the aggressor looking to stand in the pocket and trade. His kicks to the lead leg of Taleb also caused considerable damage and the Chinese fighter landed a series of takedowns from a body lock late in the second round.

Nordine Taleb has improved to 10-2 and looked the larger fighter at welterweight, however despite being the bigger man was content to play a counter punching role and look to take Li down late in the rounds.  He closed Li’s left eye with a jab and landed some effective punches as Li pressed the action.

The victory came via split decision  29-28, 28-29 and 30-27 (Taleb). ‘The Leech” is 1-1 in his UFC career and Taleb improves to 2-0.



Full Results for UFC Fight Night 54

Rory MacDonald def. Tarec Saffiedine via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:28
Raphael Assuncao def. Bryan Caraway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chad Laprise def. Yosdenis Cedeno via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou def. Bruno Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb def. Li Jingliang via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Mitch Gagnon def. Roman Salazar via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:06
Daron Cruickshank def Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Jake Lindsey via submission (inverted triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:22
Paul Felder def. Jason Saggo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Kelades def. Patrick Holohan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer via TKO (head kick, punches) – Round 1, 1:03
Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:39




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Categories: Asian MMA, China, UFC

Author:Michael Job

Australasian MMA


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