Monster Energy’s Daniel Rodriguez defeats Li Jingliang at UFC 279 in Las Vegas


Monster Energy congratulates Daniel Rodriguez after defeating Li Jingliang at UFC 279 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LA VEGAS, September 11, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — What a night! Monster Energy congratulates Daniel Rodriguez after defeating Li Jingliang at UFC 279 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In Saturday night’s main card fight contested at a weight of 180 pounds, the 35-year-old from Alhambra, California went the distance against his Chinese opponent for three rounds to claim a split decision victory (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

UFC 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson was contested in front of a crowd of 20,000 inside the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. VIP guests witnessing the fight included the actor Mark Wahlbergmusician Tom Lee as well as past and present UFC legends. The prelims aired live on ESPN+ and the main card aired on ESPN pay-per-view.

In a historic shake-up, the entire UFC 279 main card was revamped in the 24 hours leading up to the event. Initially, the main fight was to feature California Nate Diaz versus Sweden Khamzat Chimaev. But when Chimaev dropped several pounds, the headliner saw Diaz go head-to-head against Monster Energy Tony Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez has not faced the American again. Kevin Holland in a 180-pound catchweight bout, but was instead matched against Chinese martial artist Li Jingliang in a catchweight bout on short notice. Jingliang was originally scheduled to fight Monster Energy’s Ferguson.

Rodriguez of Monster Energy (17-2) came Vegas on a three-fight winning streak, having most recently defeated Kevin Lee at a UFC fight night in August 2021. After suffering an injury, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt was ready to return to the Octagon and claim another victory, even if it meant facing an unexpected opponent in this last-minute match.

His opponent, Li Jingliang (19-8), 34, from Tacheng Prefecture, China had recently defeated Russian Muslim Salikhov at a UFC Fight Night in July 2022.

In round one, Rodriguez pressured Jingliang against the cage with aggressive punches that continued to land hard. Jingliang retaliated with kicks to the body but without damaging or visibly slowing Rodriguez. Round two saw both fighters aim for low kicks from range, while Jingliang connected a hard right hand that rocked Rodriguez.

In the third round, Rodriguez started to increase the pressure again with stiff punches, as Jingliang tried to avoid damage by changing position and keeping his distance. In the end, the judges saw Rodriguez land the most significant blows and named him the winner by split decision after three rounds (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

“It was a close fight, a very close fight. I thought I had done more in the last rounds and I picked up the pace a little more. And yes, I did what I had to do to win the fight,” Monster said. Energy’s Rodriguez after winning the man card bout at UFC 279, adding, “This is my second fight taken on 24 hours notice. In a situation like that, there’s really no preparation.”

Saturday night’s victory at UFC 279 brings Rodriguez’s professional MMA record to 17 wins. His UFC record is 6-1 with his only loss a three-round decision against Nicholas Dalby. The native of Los Angeles, California has been competing in mixed martial arts since he was 20 years old and made his UFC promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 167 at February 2020.

Daniel Rodriguez is among Monster Energy’s elite UFC athletes along with Kamaru Usman, Jon “Bones” Jones, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, Chris “The All American” Weidman, Rose Namajunas, Tony Ferguson, Marlon VeraJoanna Jędrzejczyk, Maycee “The Future” Barber, Paulo “The Eraser” Costa, Stipe “Stone Cold” Miocic, Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, Jessica Rose ClarkValentina Shevchenko, Sean “Suga” O’Malley, Brandon Morenoand Giga “Ninja” Chikadze.

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