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Midnight Mania! Michael Chiesa vs. Li Jingliang added to UFC 287

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UFC 287, which is scheduled for April 8 at an unannounced location, is starting to shape up. Last week, Alex Pereira vs. Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal vs. Gilbert Burns were announced as the main and co-main event. Now, a pair of ranked Welterweights have been added to the card also, as grappling ace Michael Chiesa will square off opposite knockout artist Li Jingliang (h/t MMAJunkie).

Chiesa announced the bout himself on Friday on “UFC Live.”

Times have been a bit tough for “Maverick,” who last fought in November 2021. He’s lost his last two bouts opposite surging (at the time) contenders Sean Brady and Vicente Luque. Prior to those defeats, Chiesa had won four straight fights to climb into contention, taking out names like Neil Magny and Carlos Condit. Jingliang has been more active, splitting a pair of bouts in 2022. His last fight resulted in a controversial split-decision loss to Daniel Rodriguez, but previous to that scrap, “The Leech” stopped Muslim Salikhov in the second round.

Chiesa is sure to be hunting for takedowns and submissions, while Jingliang will be aiming to score another knockout win. Which man gets it done in April?


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