Bad news for those looking forward to a compelling match up between Li “The Leech” Jingliang and Elizeu “Capoeira” Zaleski dos Santos at UFC Beijing: Zaleski has been pulled from the bout due to a partial ligament tear in his right knee.
According to MMA Fighting, the tear isn’t serious and won’t require surgery, but it was enough to scrap the November 24th fight between up and coming welterweights. No replacement opponent has been named for Jingliang, but we’re sure the UFC is working hard to make sure the Chinese fighter remains on the card, which marks the promotion’s first Beijing event and second in China. Jingliang was featured as the co-main event when the UFC visited mainland China in 2017.
Zaleski was coming into UFC Beijing on a six fight winning streak. His last two victories lived up to his “Capoeira” nickname: a spinning wheel kick KO of Sean Strickland at UFC 224 and a flying knee KO of Luigi Vendramini at UFC Sao Paulo in September.
“The Leech” saw his four fight win streak snapped in February with a FOTN decision loss to Jake Matthews, but he bounced back to take a win over Daichi Abe at UFC Fight Night: Singapore in June.
UFC Fight Night 141 from Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China is headlined by a rematch between Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou. Ngannou won the first fight between the two in 2012 by TKO in the second round. Alistair Overeem vs. Sergey Pavlovich co-mains the card that otherwise features a heavy Chinese influence with six local fighters.