When he clashes with the dangerous Li Jingliang in a welterweight scrap at UFC 287 in Brooklyn, New York, on April 8, Michael Chiesa will try to end his two-fight losing streak.
Although “The Leech” has recently had a mixed record in the octagon, he will undoubtedly be quite disappointed to learn that he was unsuccessful in having his hands raised against Daniel Rodriguez last time out. The native of China, who had to quickly switch opponents, thought he performed adequately but didn’t receive a favourable decision from the judges.
In two months, Li Jingliang and Michael Chiesa will square up in the middle of the cage, where Li Jingliang will put Michael Chiesa’s exceptional grappling skills to the test.
With Chiesa on April 8, Jingliang, who is presently ranked #15 in the division, will have a great opportunity to move up just outside the top 10. Jingliang is expecting to advance in his pursuit of the gold.
Despite his recent lacklustre performance, “Maverick” has proven he is capable of competing against some of the greatest in the world and has significant victories. His outstanding accomplishments include a rear-naked choke submission win over Beneil Dariush and a decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.
Li Jingliang, who has suffered 25% of his losses via submission, may struggle to manoeuvre the ground game if the 170 pounders engage in grappling, as we have seen numerous times in his career.
Michael Chiesa vs. Li Jingliang and other big fights at UFC 287
UFC 287 will feature some standout matchups in addition to a high-profile welterweight fight between Li Jingliang and Michael Chiesa, two likeable sportsmen, and will be highlighted by a widely anticipated title fight.
In what is expected to be another spectacular fireworks display, newly crowned middleweight king Alex Pereira will give Israel Adesanya one more chance to defeat him on April 8.
Jorge Masvidal will face a hungry Gilbert Burns who is urgently trying to get a shot at the title in his first octagon appearance since becoming involved in contentious events outside the cage.
Along with the outstanding fights, Kevin Holland will face Santiago Ponzinibbio, intriguing prospect Raul Rosas Jr. will compete, and a hard-hitting match between Chris Curtis and Kelvin Gastelum could be the highlight of the evening.