The most successful Chinese fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship history, Jingliang Li, has a new contract and now, he's got a new fight booking.
The UFC announced a welterweight addition to its UFC Fight Night 111 lineup on Monday, bolstering the card with a contest between China's Jingliang Li and Canada's Jonathan Meunier.
The event is scheduled for June 17 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore and is headlined by former UFC women's bantamweight champ Holly Holm returning to 135 pounds to face former title challenger Bethe Correia. It airs in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass (online betting).
The 29-year-old Li last saw Octagon action in January, notching a nasty knockout of Bobby Nash in the second round at UFC on Fox 23 in Denver, Colorado and improving his UFC record to 4-2. However, the victory was the last fight on “The Leech's” contract, after which Li stated on social media that he was unsure if he would re-sign with the promotion. On May 2, Li tweeted that he was “very happy” after inking a new four-fight deal with the UFC, paving the way for the Meunier fight.
A product of Firas Zahabi and Tristar MMA in Quebec, Meunier carried an unbeaten 6-0 record into his UFC debut in Ottawa, Ontario last June, stepping in for injured teammate Alex Garcia to face prospect Colby Covington on just over a week's notice. The 29-year-old Meunier was choked out late in the third round and suffered his first career loss, but rebounded last November at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia, taking a unanimous verdict over native Aussie Richard Walsh.