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Li Jingliang predicts outcome of Jorge Masvidal vs. Gilbert Burns fight

Andrew Whitelaw of Sportskeeda MMA caught up with Li Jingliang ahead of his next fight against Muslim Salikhov. ‘The Leech’ talked about overcoming his loss to Khamzat Chimaev and training with Robbie Lawler. During the interview, he also gave his prediction for the proposed match between Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns.

“The Leech” has been in the UFC since 2014. Trained in Sambo, Jingliang holds a professional record of 18 wins and 7 losses.

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Q: And how do you now think back to fighting with Khamzat Chimaev? There seems to be a respect between you guys.

Do you think that’s fair to say? How do you watch the fight now, is it the real deal?

A: Either you win or you lose, so I think for me the most important [thing] as I said before, is to learn.

And yes, failure is the mother of success, so of course I learned a lot, and anything can happen.

Q: I saw a cool picture of you next to Robbie Lawler, did you manage to train together or train together?

You are both legends [of] the game is cool to see.

A: So I trained with Robbie Lawler, he’s such a nice guy, a few weeks ago we invited him to our house.

And I cooked Chinese food for him and [he’s] a pretty nice guy. I love it. And we also exchanged some combat experiences.

A certain attitude towards life, yeah he’s a really nice guy.

Q: What’s it like training with a guy like “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler?

A: Yes, it was such a great experience, we showcased our techniques and I learned a lot from him.

Yeah, he was the champion, he was fast [and] he was hitting hard.

Q: Now that you’ve been in the UFC a long time, you’re an “OG” and you’re a Florida guy now.

So do we need to see you fight Jorge Masvidal? I think the fans would love that, is this a fight that has to happen at some point?

A: Yeah sure, I would love to fight him if the UFC would like to fix it. Yeah, I know you wanna see the fight.

i know they [the UFC] wants us to fight, [so] just do it.

Q: Gilbert Burns is your teammate right? What do you think of this fight? And do you see Gilbert beating him [Masvidal].

A: I don’t think the fight between Gilbert Burns and Masvidal will go to [a] decision, and Gilbert, he has explosiveness.

He’s a big puncher and his grappling is so good, so yeah it’s gonna be a great fight, [they’re] I just won’t let him [the] judges.

Q: What do you think of Chinese MMA right now? And how proud are you of your martial arts sister, Zhang Weili?

The KO of the fist in return against Joanwere you very proud to see her return to her best?

A: Yes, because I knew Weili [is] will end the fight. In previous interviews I said something like Weili [is] will finish Joanna.

And I think Weili is really strong, and in the [coming] future, she will remain the champion for a while.


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Introduction: Ladies and gentlemen [please give] a warm welcome to Li Jingliang, ‘Leech’ one of the greatest Chinese mixed martial artists of all time.

In action against Muslim Salikhov at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Rodriguez, “Leech” thrilled to see you like never before.

This one is a really exciting match for Chinese fans, Sanda vs Sanda [Chinese boxing]. Could you tell us a bit about the buzz going on for this one in China? (0:00)

Q: Is this someone you always wanted to fight? (1:28)

Q: What do you think of the ranking at the moment? How important are rankings to you?

Right now you are 13th, is that out of the standings, is that a problem for you? (1:38)

Q: And do you see this as a potential classic? Do you think this fight could go down in history in some way?

Considering what you both brought to the sport and your popularity in China? (2:37)

Q: And what is your view now on the fight with Khamzat Chimaev? There seems to be a respect between you guys.

Do you think that’s fair to say? How do you watch the fight now, is it the real deal? (2:55)

Q: Do you think he is the next champion? (3:34)

Q: And at the moment, we are still waiting for our next Chinese men’s champion, who will be the next Chinese men’s champion? (3:41)

Q: How is the preparation going? Did you hang out with the guys from Sanford MMA? (4:02)

Q: I saw a cool picture of you next to Robbie Lawler, did you manage to train together or train together?

You’re both legends of the game, it’s cool to see. (4:50)

Q: What’s it like training with a guy like “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler? (5:34)

Q: Who was your main training partner for this fight? And who helped you the most? (5:59)

Q: Now that you’ve been in the UFC a long time, you’re an “OG” and you’re a Florida guy now.

So do we need to see you fight Jorge Masvidal? I think the fans would love that, is this a fight that has to happen at some point? (6:27)

Q: Absolutely, I saw the post on your Instagram. I thought that was a nice call. Did you get a response to that from your fans?

Is it something they want to see? (6:58)

Q: Gilbert Burns is your teammate, isn’t he? What do you think of this fight? And do you see Gilbert beating him [Masvidal]. (7:32)

Q: Do you think you are the strongest you have ever been in your career? You learned so much [and] you fought [in] different styles.

Do you feel more powerful than ever now? (8:05)

Q: What do you think of Chinese MMA right now? And how proud are you of your martial arts sister, Zhang Weili?

The back punch against Joanna, were you very proud to see her back to her best? (8:34)

Q: Does she end Carla Esparza, do you think? (9:11)

Q: And you, are you in the running for the title? What is your goal against Muslim?

To finish and move up the division? I know you want to be a champion.

Do you have a plan? (9:28)

Q: Who do you think is the person in the division you respect the most? Who is the gold standard at welterweight? (10:01)

Q: Who do you see as the best fighter at 170 [lbs]? (10:30)

Q: It’s a fascinating time at 170 pounds and we’re looking forward to this fight between you and Muslim. Shi Shi Ni, thank you for your time, I appreciate it, top man, respect [and] thank you also for your translation. (10:39)


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