UFC Fight Night: O’Reilly, Guangyou and Yang Debut


Brendan O’ReillyMACAO, China – UFC Fight Night in Macao, China will play host to a few octagon debuts on Saturday as Brendan O’Reilly, Ning Guangyou and Jianping Yang will make their inaugural UFC fights on the main card. UFC fans will have the opportunity to get their first look at these three fighters who each hope to make a memorable first impression on from a world away.

One fight has a duo making their UFC octagon debuts against each other as  the wrestler Ning Guangyou (4-2-1) battles the dangerous kenpo fighter Jianping “Tiger” Yang (6-3-1) with the victor getting to begin his UFC career on a winning note in his home country. This pair of Chinese fighters will look to impress not only the fans in their own nation but fans of mixed martial arts around the globe.

“I look forward to a wonderful performance,” said Guangyou in an interview with Thomas Gerbasi, “and I will go all out.”

Guangyou’s comment expresses the sentiment of fighters from nations worldwide who crave the opportunity to showcase their national talent and pride on the international stage that the UFC presents.

Such sentiment is found in the land down under as Melbourne, Australia native Brendan “Badger” O’Reilly (5-0-1) brings his power game in his UFC debut into a match against Zhang Lipeng (8-7-1) who focuses on a control game in the octagon.

“He looks like a pretty durable, battle-hardened opponent. I think that’s gonna make for a really challenging and fun fight,” said O’Reilly, “I think I’ve got a number of advantages over him, some of them I really don’t want to say at this stage, but I’ve always been a tactical fighter.”

Lipeng is coming off a win in his UFC debut over Wang Sai (7-5-1) in a UFC Fight Night in March and from winning Ultimate Fighter in China. However, Lipeng’s success doesn’t seem to scare O’Reilly.

“I’m a fearless fighter and I’ll fight anyone,” said O’Reilly in an interview with Philip Ferraro, “so he’s going to have his hands full on the night for sure.”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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