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China’s Su Mudaerji earns 1st UFC win, beats Andre Soukhamthath at ‘UFC Fight Night 157’

“The Tibetan Eagle” Su Mudaerji, 23, of Aba, Sichuan, China was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 157,” which is also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 15.″ It was his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 professional mixed martial arts bouts, “UFC Fight Night 157” took place at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China on August 31, 2019. In the fifth bout of the evening, Su competed in the bantamweight division against Laotian-American fighter Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath, 30, who is fighting out of Lakeworth, Florida, United States.

Thomas Fann served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25.

In the end, Fann raised the hand of Su, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. It was a redemptive win for the Chinese fighter who was coming out of two consecutive losses.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 157” improved the professional MMA record of Su to 12 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Soukhamthath now has 13 wins and 8 losses.

“Thanks to my team,” Su said in his post-fight interview. “They have spent a lot of time helping me in training, making me evolve. I knew I could win this fight before stepping into the octagon since I have trained for a long time to fix any weakness I had in my game.”

Eight countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 157” namely Brazil, China, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States. Su was one of the six representatives of China while Soukhamthat was one of the four representatives of the U.S.

“UFC Fight Night 157” marked the seventh UFC bout of Soukhamthath and Su’s second bout in the promotion. The Laotian-American contender is training out of Blackzilians in Boca Raton, Florida while the Chinese fighter is training out of Enbo Gedou in Chengdu, China.

Su was born in China on January 10, 1996 and he has been competing professionally since 2016. Before joining the UFC, he competed in Wu Lin Feng and Chin Woo Men MMA Professional League.

In the main event of “UFC Fight Night 157,” “Magnum” Zhang Weili, 30, became the new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion by dethroning defending champion Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, 27, of Parana, Brazil. Watch the full post-fight press conference in Shenzhen here:

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