TUF China welterweight tournament winner Zhang Lipeng improved on his UFC debut with an impressive performance against Brendan O’Reilly at UFC Fight Night 48. Lipeng utilised a grappling advantage to get O’Reilly to the floor, getting the back and controlling his opponent from that position.
O’Reilly had some success in a close first round that one judge saw in his favour, but overall seemed out of his depth against Lipeng. Lipeng busted O’Reilly up during the feet, with the Aussie bleeding from a mouth badly and with a hematoma also. The Chinese welterweight is now 2-0 inside the Octagon, and has a professional record of 8-7-1.
Here is how the fight went down.
TUF China welterweight champion Zhang Lipeng fights TUF Nations competitor Brendan O’Reilly. Surely, this has to be an improvement on the last fight.
Round 1 – Big leg kick lands for Lipeng. Nice short left as O’Reilly charges forward. O’Reilly shoots in but recognised by Lipeng, who is doing a good job defensively so far. Short shots from Zhang, as O’Reilly has him in the clinch against the fence. A trip attempt from O’Reilly, but great job by Lipeng at using it to his advantage, using O’Reilly’s momentum to work his way into half guard. Butterfly guard now for O’Reilly, but Lipeng advances. O’Reilly trying to elevate with a sweep, but Lipeng with a good job defensively. Half guard once again for the Chinese fighter. Short shots to the body from Lipeng. He’s not doing too much from the top, but he’s scoring at least. O’Reilly with the sweep and he’s now on top, in the half guard. Great job from the Aussie fighter. Lipeng regains guard. Lipeng tries to push O’Reilly off and lands an upkick but O’Reilly jumps straight back into guard and remains on top. Each attempting short shots and little else. O’Reilly ends the round in Lipeng’s guard. Another pretty dull round, unfortunately.
Cooper scores round 1 10-10.
Round 2 – Good combination from O’Reilly, who does a good job avoiding the counter. Leg kick by the Aussie. Good jab by O’Reilly to counter Lipeng’s leg kick. A right lands for the TUF China winner, who continues with the leg kick. Nice combination to the body then a leg kick from the Aussie, who then shoots in to the takedown – Lipeng with good defence, and they’re now inside the clinch against the fence. Lipeng reverses the position, and gets the back of O’Reilly in the clinch, great job by the TUF China winner. Now he gets double underhooks and lands with the knees to the body. He gets the takedown, drags O’Reilly to the mat and is inside the guard now. The Aussie trying to spin out but Lipeng staying on him, now getting the back with one hook in. Body triangle now for Lipeng! He may get the rear naked now. O’Reilly is in trouble with over a minute remaining. He doesn’t have it underneath the chin, and O’Reilly is going to survive the round.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Lipeng (20-19 Lipeng).
Round 3 – I think both fighters could do with a finish in this round to be sure, but Lipeng looked the more likely to do so in the second. O’Reilly is looking tired, Lipeng seems pretty fresh. Good combination from O’Reilly, who then shoots in but a knee from Lipeng as he attempts the takedown. They’re in the clinch once again, Lipeng reversing the position. O’Reilly is bloodied, it seems to be from the lip/mouth of Brendan. Lipeng gets the back, drags him down and gets one hook in. Both hooks and a body triangle now. Double punches from Lipeng. More short shots softening O’Reilly up. 2 minutes remaining in the third. O’Reilly is really bleeding badly. He may have the rear naked. Nope, O’Reilly defends well. Lipeng peppering away, dominating O’Reilly from the back mount with just a minute remaining in the decisive round. O’Reilly is battered and bruised, and looks to be heading for a loss. Lipeng keeping busy, attempting the double punches again, and just frustrating O’Reilly. Elbows from Lipeng as the round comes to a close.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Lipeng (30-28 Lipeng).
Result: Lipeng via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Good performance from the TUF China welterweight winner, who is now 2-0 inside the Octagon.
You can see the play-by-play for the full event here on Cage Pages. The results, as they stand, can be seen below.
Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Ning Guangyou def. Jianping Yang via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (punches) at 4:17 in first round.
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 in first round.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30).
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).