Prime-ranked UFC welterweight Li Jingliang wants solutions from the judges who scored his newest outing.
Jingliang was scheduled to tackle former interim light-weight champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 279. A significant weight miss by Khamzat Chimaev wanted the cardboard to get re-shuffled. Jingliang stepped as much as the duty and accepted a catchweight match with Daniel Rodriguez, who was ten kilos heavier at 180 kilos, on only a day’s discover to avoid wasting the occasion from collapsing.
Rodriguez went into the bout because the betting favourite and managed to edge out Jingliang in a close-fought contest on the judges’ scorecards with a cut up determination.
Whereas “D-Rod” agreed that he did extra, UFC president Dana White was “shocked” on the consequence and believed Jingliang ought to have gotten the nod.
“I believed Li gained the battle,” White mentioned. “He did. They’re proper. You’re proper. The judges have been fallacious for my part. It wasn’t even, ‘wow! That would have gone both approach’. I used to be shocked after they mentioned cut up determination.”
In an look on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, “The Leech” shared his ideas on the choice of his final battle whereas sporting a shirt that learn ‘theft.’
“Yeah, after all I believe I gained the battle,” Jingliang mentioned. “‘D-Rod’ is a superb striker. We did some movie research in the one few hours earlier than the battle. He’s a counter puncher in order that’s why I didn’t go ahead aggressively. I simply tried to attract him to come back in direction of me and tried to punch him. I simply obtained touched by a few of his jabs.”
“When Bruce Buffer declared the consequence, I couldn’t consider that. It’s already an terrible matchup and the consequence was worse. I believe it’s injustice. I can settle for a loss, that’s wonderful, however please inform me why. Please, the three judges, inform me, why do you assume I misplaced the battle.”
Jingliang Acquired a Name From White
Jingliang acknowledged that he obtained a name from White earlier than his battle with Rodriguez and indicated he might get a major occasion outing subsequent.
“Yeah, Dana referred to as me earlier than the battle and mentioned he owed me a major occasion. He didn’t say a precise time, when, and the place however I want that. I believe I want the chance, an even bigger stage to indicate myself.”
He referred to as out Jorge Masvidal for a possible showdown.
“If he desires me to name some title, I’ll say Jorge Masvidal. I need to battle the ‘BMF.’”
Jingliang Claims Holland Pushed Chimaev First on the Presser
Jingliang gave his tackle how the brawl that canceled the press convention for the primary time within the promotion’s historical past began.
“When Khamzat got here in,” Jingliang mentioned. “In my eyes, he was making an attempt to say howdy to us. He mentioned howdy to me after which went to Kevin Holland, in my eyes, he’s making an attempt to say howdy to Holland however I don’t know why possibly Kevin felt he was form of aggressive after which simply pushed him. Kevin pushed Khamzat. After which Khamzat simply goes backward at comes again with a kick to Holland.
“They simply begin punching and kicking one another so all people was shocked. Then, I simply held Khamzat and separated them and I advised Khamzat, ‘not immediately, not immediately bro.’ It was full chaos there. Then all people got here, the safety and even Dana. We simply separated these two however they have been nonetheless speaking trash. Dana was there too and he tried to calm them down.”
You’ll be able to watch the complete interview beneath.