ELMONT, NY – Li Jingliang wants to turn things back with Neil Magny.
The UFC welterweight is expected to have a rematch with Magny after his latest win inside the Octagon. Jingliang (19-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) returned to the winning column with a second-round TKO win over Muslim Salikhov in UFC on ABC 3 on Saturday.
“The Leech” feels that he did not accurately represent his skills against Magny, and wants to show the real him in a rematch.
“I would like to fight Neil Magny because the last time we fought, I was not. I was not 100 percent,” Jingliang told reporters at the UFC at the ABC 3 post-fight news conference. “If I lose by knockout or submission,[and]if I’m 100 percent, I’m okay with that. But it wasn’t me. I’m not happy with that.
“I don’t want to talk about the details, but I expect it to be in September or even earlier. I want Magny and (UFC) to give me a chance. I think the title card by the song Yadong (well I want to show the world the power of China again.”
Song Yadong, a fellow Chinese fighter, heads into the limelight against Corey Sendhagen at UFC Fight Night 210 on September 17 in Las Vegas.
Jingliang fought Magny at UFC 248 in 2020 and lost a unanimous decision. Jingliang leads 5-2 in their last seven appearances. Their only defeat is a quick defeat to Magny and Khamzat Chimaev in October 2021.
Since his outing against Chimew, Jingliang changed his training and moved to Kill Cliffs FC (formerly Sanford MMA) in South Florida. He said that he has improved a lot under the new training camp.
“I’ve learned a lot since the last fight,” Jingliang explained. “I came to America and I trained at Sanford MMA from April. There teammates and coaches were a great help to me and my strength and conditioning coach at HIP. I think for athletes, we need to work consistently and follow what the coaches say, and we can achieve success. ,