With the UFC recently announcing the fight, we will provide you with our Chimaev v Jingliang Li betting preview. Do not be fooled by the public opinion of this being an easy match-up for the Russian-born. Jingliang Li is a well-rounded fighter who is dangerous wherever the fight goes. Therefore, you should not underestimate the Chinese mixed martial artist. With that being said, Khamzat Chimaev will certainly hold a slight advantage going into the octagon. Therefore, the logic says that he should win if all goes according to plan. However, we have previously seen that this is a crazy sport which makes it difficult to predict a winner. Who do you think will win this fight?
Chimaev Is Finally Back to the Octagon
Khamzat Chimaev is one of the hottest rising stars in the UFC right now. The Russian-born became a fan-favorite with his attitude to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. He certainly backed those claims with his first two fights with the UFC. Chimaev made his UFC on July 15 of last year against John Phillips in the middleweight division and finished his opponent inside two rounds with a submission. However, he pulled off an impressive feat of fighting at welterweight just 10 days later and finished his opponent inside the first round. No one has ever done that in the history of the UFC or mixed martial arts. An even more impressive stat was Khamzat receiving only 3 significant strikes across those two bouts. The Russian would later win a 3rd consecutive fight after knocking out Gerald Meerschaert inside 17 seconds of the first round.
Unfortunately for him, Chimaev has had to deal with health problems after his impressive win. The Russian-born went through intensive health care after dealing with respiratory problems. However, after being out for almost a year, Khamzat will be making his come back to the UFC octagon in October against a dangerous opponent. Therefore, we will provide you with our Chimaev v Jingliang Li Betting preview and prediction for this bout.
Do Not Underestimate Jingliang Li
After the UFC announced the fight between Chimaev and Jingliang Li, many fans expressed their disapproval of the matchup. Many people wanted Chimaev to fight a higher ranked opponent with better skills. However, those fans do not know just how dangerous Jingling really is. The Chinse mixed martial artist is a well-rounded fighter who has excellent striking, grappling, and wrestling skills. “The Leech” holds a professional record of 18 wins and 6 losses. Out of those 18, Li won 9 via knock out, 4 via submission, and 5 via decision. He would be comfortable regardless of where the fight goes. Therefore, you should not be fooled by the lack of knowledge of many fans who are underestimating the Chinese mixed martial artist. Our Chimaev v Jingliang Li betting preview indicates that this is the toughest matchup for the Russian. So, who will win in this fight?
Chimaev v Jingliang Li Betting Preview and Prediction
Khamzat Chimaev possesses as a similar set of skills to that of his opponent. He has put on display excellent striking, grappling, and wrestling abilities. Therefore, when comparing both fighters, skill for skill, they are pretty much even. However, Khamzat is much younger, quicker, and seems to be more motivated. Additionally, he has all the hype behind him which could psychologically affect Jingliang Li. As a result, bookies and online sportsbook sites in the United States slightly favor the Russian in their Chimaev v Jingliang Li betting preview. For example, at 22BET Sportsbook, the betting odds for Khamzat Chimaev to win are 1.22, while the odds for Jingliang Li are 3.46. All in all, a safer betting option to pick when making your betting prediction is Chimaev. History has previously shown that a rising star with a lot of hype behind usually tears through the division.