Li Jingliang to Fight Tony Ferguson for UFC 279 September 10 in Las Vegas

Following the UFC 278 fight, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Chinese born fighter Li Jingliang “The Leech” will face Former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson who will be moving to welterweight to compete for UFC 279 card on September 10, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Li Jingliang, 34, competed on July 16 when he finished Muslim Salikhov with strikes. He’s 2-1 in his most recent three, also including a loss to Khamzat Chimaev and a win over Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Tony Ferguson, 38, will make a four-month turnaround after loss to Michael Chandler. The defeat was his fourth consecutive after three other losses to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush. 

Li Jingliang is a close friend of Sangamon Watch Company. He spent some fun time with us in Springfield in 2019. He owns a number of Sangamon watches, including Omaha Beach, Mother Road and Grand Expedition collections. We wish him the best with the upcoming fight event in Las Vegas.

Sangamon Watches Co-sponsor UFC Star Li Jingliang’s Visit to Chicago August 1-5

UFC Star Li Jingliang is traveling to Chicago area in the first week of August 2022. If you are interested in meeting him in person and learning more about his background and insights, please join us at welcome events co-sponsored by Sangamon Watch Co.! Seats are limited and please book early. Proceeds will help support his training for the rest of 2022.

Event Venues & Registrations:

The Dream Place Restaurant, Palatine Illinois
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm August 1, 3022

A Tasty Hot Pot Restaurant, Aurora Illinois
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm August 3, 2022

Sangamon Watches Support Young MMA Athletes

Sangamon Watch Company in Springfield Illinois have great interests in supporting young MMA athletes, the company have been supporting or sponsoring new and well known athletes both domestic and internationally in the past two years. If you are a MMA fighter who is interested in partnering with us, please contact along with a photo of your recent fight event or Instagram account. Agents are welcome.

Sangamon Watch Company is a leading supporter and sponsor to MMA and other sports in microbrand watch business community. Follow us on Instagram: @sangamonwatches

MMA Fighters from China Love Mother Road Collection

Our team members of Sangamon Watches recently spent three days with Chinese MMA fighters in Las Vegas and observed their training routines during their stay. We are so happy that they are owners of the Mother Road Collection watches and they just love our watches and stories behind them.

“The Leech” Li Jingliang is one of the most well known MMA fighters in China. He was scheduled to fight with Dwight Grant in the octagon at UFC 256 in mid-December 2020. However his fight was canceled as Grant was tested with Covid-19 positive result. It is reported that Li has a new opponent Samtoagp Ponzinibbio for the first UFC card of 2021 on Jan. 16 in Abu Dhabi.

Li Jingliang has been to Pleasant Plains and Springfield Illinois a year ago, and he loved the steak from Stemsterfer Farms in Pleasant Plains.

“The Wolf” Zhang Tiequan was the first World Extreme Cagefighting and UFC fighter from China in 2010-2011. During his early years of fighting career, MMA was barely known in China, he received no professional support and sponsorship, he always showed up alone at the fighting events. In the past 10 years, his CTT Club in Beijing has trained many well known MMA athletes such as Li Jingliang and Yan Xiaonan who are currently signed with UFC. Zhang is highly respected in China.

Zhang Tiequan is a diehard fan of Harley Davison motorcyle and loves old Route 66. He has been to Springfield Illinois twice during his road trips on Route 66.