Following his victory over Shin Haraguchi in the main event of the second season finale of ‘Road to UFC’ at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rong Zhu has made his comeback to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
In the third round, with two minutes remaining, Zhu (25-5) submitted Haraguchi (7-1) by applying a rear-naked choke control.
Since Zhu made his debut in the professional mixed martial arts (MMA) scene in March of 2016, he has currently competed thirty times. In addition, he is a natural finisher, having finished 21 of his 25 professional victories (15 knockouts by technical knockout or knockout, and six submissions).
During the early preliminary bouts of UFC 261, which took place in April 2021, the lightweight prospect made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) against another debutant named Rodrigo Vargas. He was defeated by a unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28) after being outstruck 96 to 42 in terms of important blows. The fight was decided by two judges.
Zhu was able to successfully take Vargas down three times out of four times during the fight; however, he was unable to maintain control of Vargas while he was on the ground. Zhu’s run of 11 consecutive victories came to an end with this defeat, which was his first since 2018.
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In order to make up for his unsatisfactory debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Zhu delivered an absolute masterpiece versus Brandon Jenkins at UFC Fight Night 192. Zhu’s performance is even more impressively astounding when one considers the capable competition and activity that Jenkins shown throughout the fight. While he was using strong ground and pound strikes to finish the fight, he took Jenkins into deep waters and took him into the sea.
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His subsequent bout, which took place at UFC Fight Night 202, resulted in him being defeated by Ignacio Bahamondes. When Zhu attempted to change things up by attempting for a takedown, Bahamondes responded by using a choke to protect himself.
The most recent addition to a long line of competitors that made their debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at a very early age is Zhu. He is currently in the same position as Vitor Belfort, who is 19 years old, Robbie Lawler, who is 20 years old, Nick Diaz, who is 20 years old, and Max Holloway, who is also 20 years old.