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UFC Fight Night 48: Zhang Lipeng Vs. Brendan O’Reilly

ufc fight night 48

Zhang Lipeng vs. Brendan O’Reilly

A previous winner of The Ultimate Fighter: China, Zhang Lipeng (8-7-1) returns to the Octagon to face Brendan O’Reilly (5-0) in a lightweight clash.

Round 1: No touch of gloves coming out from these two, as Lipeng looks very focused. O’Reilly with more of a calm, but focused, attitude on his face. He peppers him with several lefts and Lipeng answers with a kick. O’Reilly shoots for a takedown, clinches and goes to work on knees to the legs of Lipeng. Eventually, O’Reilly tries for a trip, only to get reversed and wind up on his back. Lipeng did a nice job while defending that original takedown by using his elbow against the fence to remain upright. Excellent guard by O’Reilly keeps Lipeng from passing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lipeng

Round 2: Must be out of habit, as Lipeng again begins to extend his glove and gets nothing from O’Reilly. Good right lands by O’Reilly after countering a kick. Instead of O’Reilly following up with more offense, it’s Lipeng the aggressor. O’Reilly goes for another takedown and is denied. Lipeng reverses and has him against the clinch, landing short elbows and knees. Takedown scores for Lipeng and he takes the back with just under two minutes to go. He’s got his hooks in and rolls to the ground with a body lock.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lipeng

Round 3: All Lipeng here in the early going, keeping O’Reilly at a distance with leg kicks. Trip takedown from Lipeng and he immediately takes the back. He’s got the body lock secured and is hammering away on O’Reilly, who is bleeding profusely out of the mouth. Just relentless offense from Lipeng, but O’Reilly is doing all he can to defend and survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Lipeng

Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)