What’s Next for Li ‘The Leech’ Jingliang?
With many exciting potential match ups at the bottom of the Top 15, Jingliang calls out Robbie Lawler for UFC Singapore clash.
With his third round knockout of Elizeau Zaleski dos Santos (#14), Li looked to take his spot and break into the top 15 rankings. Ultimately dos Santos did drop out of the rankings, but it was not Li who would replace him. Vicente Luque moved up one spot to 14 as Neil Magny jumps back in at 15. While missing out on making the rankings, Li faces no shortage of killers as the long time log jam at the top of the division has forced a proverbial murder’s row into the bottom half of the table. Dos Santos former 14 spot was once the meat in a very tasty Robbie Lawler/Vicente Luque Sandwich. And it doesn’t get any easier with Anthony Pettis next in line at 12.
The next two positions at 10 (Demian Maia) and 11 (Ben Askren) are already scheduled to fight one another on October 26 in Singapore and then ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson rounds things out at 9. There are plenty of fascinating match ups from 9 and below, plus a little extra breathing room is on the way when Darren Till’s 7 spot will be procedurally vacated after his first Middleweight bout.
With some key top 10 match ups happening soon, there could be some interesting options available for Li as the dust settles on the Welterweight elite. In a desk interview after his victory Li was shown the 6-15 rankings and said he would fight any opponent the UFC selects, but insists that it much be an entertaining fight. He expressed a desire to fight on the Singapore card in October and mentioned Robbie Lawler as a tantalizing potential opponent. It’s that type of willingness to take the risky, but entertaining fights that will help Li establish himself in the Top 15.
Li came off in the interview as very calm, soft spoken. Even despite the language barrier he exhibited the qualities of an incredibly confident and well-spoken star, already acclimated to spotlight. Li seems to be patiently waiting for his moment to break out into stardom like his countryman Zhang Weili. The UFC Singapore card is starting to take shape with a handful of fight announcements recently so stay tuned to see if Li Jingliang can find himself a quick turn around with another ranked opponent.