Octagon Oracles: Liang Na

Liang Na stands in the cage while waiting for a fight to start. Liang Na before a fight in WLF W.A.R.S. Photo Credit: Youtube/Mavlet Batirov

Liang “Dragon Girl” Na, the young 20-year-old finally makes her debut after an extensive impressive record of 12-4. Liang has been in the cage with Bellator Flyweight Champion Juliana Velasquez and UFC’s Liliya Shakirova, Liana Jojua, and Mariya Agapova.

Starting out at bantamweight, Liang soon moved down to flyweight and she’s now 2-0 at strawweight. She is on a current four-fight win-streak and across 15 victories she has a 100% finish rate. Liang is fighting Ariane Carnelossi in her UFC sophomore fight. Carnelossi made her UFC debut back in 2019 against Angela Hill. She came up short and hasn’t fought since. She is 12-2 as a pro and prior to that fight with Hill was on a 12-fight win streak.

Shawn Bitter

Grade: C
Liang Na will instantly shoot on the legs to get the fight ground with any means necessary. She will shoot from too far out at times and will over-commit on just diving for the legs and ankles. Once she gets in range Liang, has shown she is a good wrestler. She’s got a good double leg and is good at getting the fight down in open space. Her grappling and overall ground game is what she excels in. Liang is aggressive while on top. She’s always transitioning and she usually gets into the mount quickly and easily. A lot of the times I believe it’s the level of competition she’s fighting that just is low quality off their back. She’s still really good at taking the back, attacking the rearĀ  naked choke, armbar, and is dangerous off her back. She’s just always working when the fight is grounded.

Liang on the feet throws a lot of volume and throws nice straight punches, but everything is to close the distance. She just comes straight forward and just walks into damage. Her offense looks okay at best and her defense looks pretty bad.

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Zac Herbison

Grade: D
It’s hard to discern a lot from what’s available on Liang Na. Many of her fights are hard to find and don’t say much just as a win on her record, as her last four opponents had combined records of 8-4 at the time she fought them. What footage is available shows one thing I really like: a clear game plan. She wants to get to the ground, and that’s the only thing she spends energy on.

She shoots immediately. If it fails, she’ll chain wrestle, clinch, or even pull guard. If you separate, she will shoot again immediately, often diving for an ankle, seemingly in an attempt to catch her opponent off guard before they can reset. Off of her back, she has a knack for grabbing armbars. Those are essentially all of the strengths that I can find. I don’t know how well her wrestling will hold up outside of the Chinese regional scene, as her loss in Bellator to Juliana Velasquez was ugly. Her wrestling’s not all that impressive, and even when she gets to the ground, she’s not the level of grappler that her desperate wrestling would imply. I literally have not seen her striking, because she doesn’t even pretend to throw strikes.

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Joe McDonagh

Grade: B+
A Chinese fighter training under Longyun Jiang, and a student of the UFC PI in Shanghai, makes her anticipated debut. A winner of four in a row, Liang is only 24 but is super impressive. Jer only losses have come to top competition now competing in the UFC or Bellator. She has finished 15 fights, including nine submissions. I am very high on Liang.

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