Fighting out of Inner Mongolia, China, “The Mongolian Knight” Alateng Heili, 28, has earned his second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 165,” also called “UFC on ESPN+ 23.”
Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, the UFC held “UFC Fight Night 165” at the Sajik Arena in Busan, South Korea on December 21, 2019. In the first bout of the evening, Alateng competed in the bantamweight division against Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit, 30, of Dallas, Texas, United States.
Thomas Fann served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the bantamweight bout was left in the hands of the three judges.
Two judges scored it 29-28 in favor of Alateng while one scored it 28-29 in favor of Benoit. In the end, Fann raised the hand of the Inner Mongolia native, who was declared the winner via split decision.
“I realized that my opponent was actually tougher than I thought,” Alateng said of Benoit. “I was able to do what I had planned, start wrestling and in the end, I’m glad I got the win.”
Including China and the U.S., 11 countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 165.” The others were Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland and Venezuela.
Losing to Alateng at “UFC Fight Night 165” downgraded the professional MMA record of Benoit to 10 wins and 6 losses. It was the Texan MMA fighter’s third loss in the UFC not including his loss in “The Ultimate Fighter 18” finale.
On the other hand, Alateng now has 14 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw. He is now riding a four-bout winning streak.
On August 31, 2019, Alateng made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 157” at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. He defeated Danaa Batgerel, 30, of Mongolia via unanimous decision.