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UFC fighter’s Chinese flag snatched away during in-ring victory celebration in controversial move

UFC Li Jingliang
  • An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) employee reportedly snatched a Chinese flag that was draped over Li Jingliang’s shoulder as he paraded inside the Octagon after his win against Russian fighter Muslim Salikhov at UFC Long Island on Saturday.
  • The 34-year-old Chinese mixed martial artist tried to protest and reclaim the flag after it was taken away by the official, but failed.
  • Many on social media were outraged by the new UFC policy, which was enacted in May just days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • “It’s a dumb policy when they are putting the fighter’s flag next to their names during fight walkouts and introductions,” one Twitter user wrote.
  • “Stupid rule for no flags,” another user commented. “Just because he’s from China doesn’t mean he agrees with their government, political decisions etc. Let the man represent his upbringing and homeland where he made it out of, in order to become an MMA star in the biggest organization in the world.”

An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) official reportedly snatched a Chinese flag that was draped over Li Jingliang’s shoulder as he was celebrating his TKO win over Russian fighter Muslim Salikhov last weekend.

Li, also known as “The Leech,” was parading around the Octagon after defeating Salikhov with a second-round TKO in UFC Long Island on Saturday when a UFC employee was suddenly spotted approaching the 34-year-old MMA fighter and ripping away his country’s flag.

Former NBA Player Fined $1,421 for Not Looking at the Chinese Flag During Anthem


A French basketball player in China’s professional basketball association was fined for not looking at the Chinese flag while the country’s national anthem was played.

Guerschon Yabusele, a former NBA player who now plays for Nanjing Monkey Kings, was caught on video bowing his head during the playing of the national anthem before a match, Associated Press reports.