Heili Alateng
The Mongolian Knight


Taking on Lopez in September
July 21, 2021
Alateng will take on Gustavo Lopez in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Alateng will be hoping to rebound following a unanimous decision loss to Casey Kenney back in October of 2020. That came after starting 2-0 during his time in the UFC. Lopez will be coming back after getting knocked out in his last fight back in March.
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Shows heart in decision loss
October 3, 2020
Alateng lost to Casey Kenney via unanimous decision (25-30, 26-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Alateng barely made it out of the first round, as Kenney continued to walk him down with constant pressure. It was the body kicks that seemingly did the most damage as Kenney mounted a massive lead in the significant strike total. Alateng landed a few times, but his shots were few and far between. The second round was more of the same, as Alateng landed a big left hand about 90 seconds in, but every single shot he threw was met with extended combos from Kenney. By the end of the frame, the damage to Alateng's body was visible, as he looked like a man who had taken nearly 30 kicks to the body over the first two rounds. Alateng seemed sapped entering Round 3. it was as if his game plan was to wait and hopefully land one big counter, knowing he was well behind on the scorecards. The heart here was tremendous as he continued to shrug off body shots, but he's likely to pay for it in damage to his right arm and ribs that could sideline him a while. The puzzling thing here is that Alateng never went to his wrestling to try and change up the rhythm of the fight. It's a skill he has, considering he accumulated seven takedowns in his first two UFC bouts, but he instead opted to go the fan-friendly, strike-heavy approach. We'll see if he goes back to the drawing board after this one.
Fight date pushed back
August 26, 2020
Alateng's fight against Casey Kenney will now take place on October 3, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The fight was originally slated to take place on September 19, before it was decided to be pushed back a couple weeks. Alateng will be looking to go to 3-0 in the UFC.
Expected for UFC 253
July 19, 2020
Alateng (foot) is expected to take on Casey Kenney in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The Chinese-born fighter will come into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, including a perfect 2-0 record in the UFC. Alateng was facing a potential medical suspenssion due to a right foot injury in his win over Ryan Benoit, but as evidenced by this news, he's expected to be cleared ahead of the bout. Alateng will be at a two-inch height disadvantage against Kenney, who has gone 3-1 in his UFC career.
Needs X-rays on foot
December 26, 2019
Alateng is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension due to a right foot injury suffered in his victory over Ryan Benoit at UFC Busan, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Alateng will be forced to sit out a mandatory 30 days (21 days no contact), but if he wants to book a fight before the summer of 2020, he'll need to have X-rays done on his foot to prove there wasn't a serious injury. Benoit did not come away unscathed either, as he faces the same set of circumstances due to a right thumb injury.
Gets narrow victory in Busan
December 23, 2019
Alateng defeated Ryan Benoit via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.
Alatang took some damage to the body in the first round, but fired back late and used that to generate momentum for the final two frames. He landed 28 significant strikes to Benoit's 26 in a very tight Round 2, and while he was bested on the feet in Round 3, he turned to his grappling and recorded four takedowns in the final five minutes. The 28-year-old effectively improved to 2-0 under the UFC banner.